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SWIM Center Hosting Workshop on Data Analytics for Improved Water Infrastructure Management

Monday, December 5, 2016

SWIM Center

The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) Center is hosting a two-day Conference Data Analytics for Improved Water Infrastructure Management in Arlington, Virginia, Dec. 14-15, to bring together drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater professionals to address issues related to data collection and big data analytics for utilities.

The first day will be 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. Attendees participating in both days of the conference will earn up to 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Dr. Sunil Sinha, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE , Professor & Director at SWIM Center at Virginia Polytechnic University stated:

"Anyone interested in learning the latest data analytics techniques and strategies for sustainable and resilient water infrastructure systems should plan to attend. The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a remarkable speed. According to Cisco, there will be an estimated 50 billion connected objects by 2020. What this will mean to the water industry is there will be new massive asset datasets available.
When properly analyzed, these datasets 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 goal of this workshop is to enhance the practice of water infrastructure management and align education, research, and training with long-term needs for resiliency and sustainability. 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.  Presenters and Participants will be from Federal and State Government, Water Utilities, Consultants, Academics, and Technology Providers."

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