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What is it about?


SOLVE IT: LEAKAGE

A Severn Trent Event | 27-30 Nov 2017

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What is it about?


SOLVE IT: LEAKAGE

A Severn Trent Event | 27-30 Nov 2017

WHAT IS THE EVENT ABOUT?

Severn Trent is one of the largest regulated water and sewerage companies in England and Wales, serving more than 4.2 million homes and businesses.

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By 2020 Severn Trent intend to be the most trusted water company: delivering an outstanding customer experience, the best value service and environmental leadership.

This design led innovation event offers a unique opportunity to help solve a major challenge facing the water industry. 20% of all water produced is lost in leakage! Help Severn Trent to explore and discover new ways to tackle leakage.

The initiative will focus on exploring better methods for defining and measuring actual leakage.  Severn Trent are also keen to explore ways to reduce leaks and bursts through improved asset intelligence. Join us at Coventry University Technology Park on Monday 27 November through to Thursday 30 November 2017.

 


the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival

 +ADD Strategy have been selected to support the Severn Trent event programme

+ADD Strategy have been selected to support the Severn Trent event programme

The first ever Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival is set to ignite the local business scene.

From 20th November to 1st December the region will come alive with a fortnight of exciting business events put on by local organisations from right across the region.

From small networking workshops or seminars to large trade shows or national conferences – there will be an abundance of opportunities to grow your business, as well as to drive economic growth and inward investment for the region.

Whether you need information on starting a new company, developing your supply chain or exporting to new markets, there will be something for everyone.

See more and register here:  https://www.cwbusinessfestival.com/

 

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Whats the programme


AN EXCITING AGENDA

Whats the programme


AN EXCITING AGENDA

objectives of the design sprint

We are coming together to explore and develop new and innovative ways to accurately measure leakage and build intelligence about our distribution networks.

 

We are inviting a diverse audience - from academics and scientists to businesses  and customers - to join us.

build better leakage models

A huge amount of work continues to be done to define leakage.  Are our models as accurate as they could be?  Can we better account for unmetered and unbilled consumption?


develop asset intelligence

Making sound decisions on repair and replacement priorities is critical.  Severn Trent would like to build real time intelligence about its assets and better prioritise work and utilisation of resources.  The focus is trunk-line and secondary distribution.


reduce leakage

The overall aim is to reduce leakage through better definition of leakage and insight.


Attend for a few hours, a day or more.  Meet like minded people, build consortia and decide to create a business case for investment.

ATTENDANCE TO THE EVENT IS FREE

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The Challenge: About Leakage


A central venue

Coventry University Technology Park

The Challenge: About Leakage


A central venue

Coventry University Technology Park

SOLVE IT:  Measuring leakage better and Asset intelligence

Water leakage is a large and ongoing problem for water companies with up to 21% of clean water lost through leakage - an unacceptable wastage.

Around 14.7 billion litres are produced per day with 3.1 billion litres lost (equal to 1,235 Olympic size pools worth lost each day), ref: (www.discoverwater.co.uk). 

 Sponsors of the Leakage design challenge.

At Severn Trent Water, the focus of interest is around enhancing our understanding of 'True leakage', exploring ill defined aspects of measurement and ways to better model leakage.

Another part of this programme is focusing on asset intelligence.  

A study in 2011 by UKWIR (UK Water Industry Research) showed that 13% leakage could be achieved by:

  • Quadrupling the current leak detection resources
  • A massive increase in pressure management
  • External metering of all properties
  • Continuing pipe renewals at current rates

However, this is longer term and has an impact on the economic cost model for producing clean water.  

 


What we learned so far:

Extensive research has been carried out by UKWIR over recent years. CLICK HERE to see a recent article on leakage in the water utility sector.

What will happen after the challenge:

The output of the sprint will lead to a tangible financial difference and support for water companies in reducing their leakage. Business cases will be formed outside the hack based on opportunities generated during the hack. There may be funding for research from UK Water Industry Research group.

A longstanding problem:

Water companies have been developing solutions to this problem for many years although progress has plateaued.

Using traditional methods, leakage was massively reduced in the initial drive, but it has proven to be difficult to reduce below current levels without major additional costs to the customer.

The current solutions typically involve using the existing maintenance budget to fix problems as scheduled, prioritised by various factors including severity, location, volume, impact, etc.

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Practical constraints and simple economics:

Currently not all customers are metered. Water companies therefore monitor leakage by measuring the inflow and outflow of district meterage areas (DMAs). This is tracked over time with increased usage in normal patterns across an overnight baseline being identified as leakage.

There is currently an economic threshold level reached, after which the customer is not happy at the additional costs required to reduce leakage further.

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Data, processes and tools available:

Data is complex and hard to fathom using current norms. There are a lot of variables.

In addition, decision processes/ support tools tend to be topical (focussed on aspects of the problem), and not integrated.

In practical terms there are problems in identifying leakage prioritisation and supporting management decisions.  


OUR METHOD

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The Leakage Design Sprint will interact with a dedicated Hackathon through which Data analytics and insight is being explored.

Given this the Hackathon will take place later on in the week, starting on Wednesday and finishing on Thursday.

 

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The Sprint


The sprint, the hack

...or both?

The Sprint


The sprint, the hack

...or both?

THE SPRINT

Introduction:

The Design Sprint is considering broader processes, systems and tools that could be developed or integrated to provide new solutions.

Teams can collaborate with and call upon hackathon participants to support with data experimentation and evidence development.

Specific goals of the Innovation Sprint:

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The objective is to co-create and prototype novel concepts and innovative solutions that potentially create short to medium term impacts on the challenge.  The process will lead to formation of consortia and business case developments, defining opportunities ranging from R&D to POC (Proof of Concept) and design and deliver projects.  These will be evaluated on the final day of the sprint by a pane of Severn Trent Water representatives.

Who should attend?

The innovation sprint is open to a wide audience which will include orgnisations with relevant latent IP, know how, technologies, software, systems and tools that could form part of enhanced solutions. Given the potential commercial rewards, it is anticipated academics, institutions, supply chain and business communities will participate amongst others.

How do I register to participate?

Simply click on the button below to register your interest in participating.  If you need further information, please contact paul@addstrategy.co.uk

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The Hackathon


The Hackathon


THE  hackathon

Introduction:

The hackathon will compliment the design sprint.  While the Design Sprint is considering broader processes, systems and tools that could be developed or integrated to provide new solutions, the hackathon will focus on data relationships from a fresh perspective that could create new insights in measuring leakage and asset intelligence.

Specific goals of the hackathon:

Participants will form teams and develop improved methods and use of data focusing on and prediction to support maintenance and replacement.  Areas of focus may include:

  • better defining true leakage – While leakage models are constrained by the data available, we would like to explore the potential for more accurate definitions better accounting and estimating for mis-categorised, unbilled and unmetered consumption.
  • Making better decisions – Can we create new insights that support better prioritisation and allocation of resources in the context of operational decision making.  Our focus is on preventative repair, replacement and better maintenance scheduling.

Who should attend?

This Hackathon will appeal to experts including Data Analysts and Scientists interested in the opportunity to work on real and current data, diverse datasets, open source data; and to explore potential alternative methods for data modelling and expression.

How do I get involved?

The Hackathon is open to individuals and teams.  Simply click the button below to learn more and register your interest in participating.