Modernizing Water Infrastructure

Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 9:00am – 6:00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton, Laurel, MD


Technology is revolutionizing the way the water industry manages their infrastructure. This workshop brings together leading industry experts to discuss state-of-the-art technologies and management best practices that utilities are using to optimize water distribution.

The workshop has completed. Please check out the recordings for each presentation below.


8:30 – 9:00

Check-in, Breakfast/Coffee

Setting the Stage – How is the Industry Changing

9:00 – 9:30

How to Drive Innovation in Water
George Hawkins – Public Servant, Professor, Environmentalist (Keynote Speaker)

George Hawkins is the former director of DC Water and is an industry visionary. He will share his thoughts on how utilities can drive innovation.
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The Utility Forum – Learning from Industry Leading Utilities

9:30 – 10:00

Pipe Integrity Strategies – WSSC, 100 Years and Counting
Glen Diaz – Division Manager, Water/Wastewater Systems Assessment, WSSC

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has been serving the residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery County as a drinking water and wastewater utility for more than 100 years. They have been deploying industry best management practices on large diameter transmission systems since 2007, which has focused on PCCP and metallic mains.
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10:00 – 10:30

A Clean Slate for Asset Management
Jody Caldwell – Asset Management Director, Great Lakes Water Authority

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is a wholesale provider of drinking water in Southeast Michigan, operating more than 800 miles of large diameter pipe. The systems used to be part of the City of Detroit, but following a re-organization, GLWA was created and is implementing industry leading asset management practices. GLWA will share how they are taking this clean slate and building their asset management program from the (under) ground up.
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10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 12:00

Utility Roundtable – Extreme Weather January 2018
Joseph Mantua – Deputy General Manager Operations, WSSC
Carlos A. Espinosa, P.E. – Chief, Office of Asset Management, Baltimore City Department of Public Works
Buddy Morgan – General Manager, Montgomery (AL) Water Works

This past winter was extremely cold which led to an increased frequency of water main breaks. These utility managers will share what occurred, how they responded, and measures they’ve taken since to improve response.
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12:00 – 1:00

Lunch / Networking

Management Practices and Technologies that are Changing the Industry

Innovative companies are implementing disruptive ideas and technologies to change the way water infrastructure is managed. The innovators range from those that focus on Smart Water to companies that improve a utility’s customer service.

1:00 – 1:30

Buried Infrastructure Philosophies for Success
Mike Higgins – Senior Vice President, Americas, Pure Technologies

Buried infrastructure is one of the most valuable assets utilities own. Mike will share high level philosophies on how to optimize methods to manage their valuable assets and tactical recommendations on techniques to deploy and maximize the impact from investments in managing the distribution system.
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Smart Water Session: Distributed Sensors & Analytics

1:30 – 2:00

Distributed Sensing and Real-time Control
Richard Loeffler IV – Client Solutions Architect, Emnet

By applying continuous monitoring to distribution systems, Visenti solutions are able to help utilities detect leaks, bursts, pressure transients, and water quality performance throughout the system. Emnet solutions are dedicated to applying distributed sensing in water and wastewater networks while providing utilities the ability to implement real-time control.
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2:00 – 2:30

Smart Metering and Applying Analytics to Generate Real Results
Bridget Berardinelli – VP Product Management and Continuous Improvement, Xylem

Sensus helps the world’s public service providers do more with their infrastructure to improve the quality of life in their communities. Valor Analytics analyzes meter data to identify inefficiencies or potential improvements in the drinking water system. A popular benefit includes identifying apparent water losses so that utilities can increase revenue.
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2:30 – 3:00

Managing Large Diameter Transmission Mains
Susan Donnally – Area Regional Manager, Pure Technologies

Technologies and engineering practices, including new R&D developments, that can be deployed to proactively manage large diameter pipe.
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3:00 – 3:30

Managing Distribution Systems
Travis Wagner – Vice President, Pure Analytics

Innovative approaches that can be applied to manage small diameter networks to reduce the number of failures.
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3:30 – 4:00

AWWA’s Measures to Improve Innovation in Water
Frank Blaha – Regional Liaison, The Water Research Foundation (Invited Guest Speaker)

Summary of initiatives that AWWA is implementing to improve innovation in the water industry.

4:00 – 6:00

Networking Reception & Technology Demonstrations

If you have questions about our workshop, please don’t hesitate to email or call David Anderson at (443) 766-7873 x341.


DoubleTree by Hilton – Laurel

15101 Sweitzer Lane

Laurel, MD 20707

For general information, call 301-776-5300


For overnight reservations, call 800-Hiltons by 4/25/18 and mention the AIA Workshop to get a special discounted rate.