The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a remarkable speed with an estimated 50 billion connected objects by 2020, according to technology giant CISCO. What does this mean for the water industry?
That is the thrust behind “Data Analytics for Improved Water Infrastructure Management” a two-day conference hosted by The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) Center Dec. 14-15 in Arlington, Virginia.
What this will mean to the water industry is there will be new massive asset datasets available that when properly analyzed will create new knowledge for Utilities to use for increasing operational efficiency, improving regulatory compliance, and reducing impacts to the environment. The time has come for a paradigm shift in data analytics, which will open up many areas to improve how the industry does business today.
The conference brings together drinking water, wastewater and stormwater professionals to address issues related to data collection and big data analytics for Utilities.
Dec. 14 is dedicated to a WATERiD (Water Infrastructure Database), PIPEiD (Pipeline Infrastructure Database) and SWIMeD (SWIM Education Program) workshop. The goal of this workshop is to enhance the practice of water infrastructure management and align education, research, and training with long-term needs. This requires the development of a standard asset data structure with a web-based centralized database platform and online certification program to provide state of the industry knowledge and skill-sets. The effective use of Big Data technologies can support decision-making for long-term engineering, management, and daily operational decisions.
The second day Data Analytics for Improved Water Infrastructure Management conference features a slate of presentations by leading experts in the field of data collection and analytics for water infrastructure asset management.
Anyone interested in learning the latest data analytics techniques and strategies for sustainable and resilient water infrastructure systems should plan to attend.
1.6 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of the workshop and conference. Register at cpe.vt.edu/swim/conference/. The conference facility has limited capacity, so early registration is advised.
For more information, contact Sunil Sinha, professor and director, SWIM Center, Virginia Tech at firstname.lastname@example.org, office phone 540-231-9420 or cell 814-404-2150.