From data to digital water: the water system innovation

Two days of interactive thematic sessions @ G-STIC 2017

From data to digital water: the water system innovation


The recent digital revolution is making a huge potential available to manage our water more efficient and ‘smart’. Newly emerging digital paradigms for data retrieval, analysis and storage create the ability to share and exchange data at various scales: local/urban, regional and river basin. Data-driven and process-based models can offer precise monitoring, forecasting and visualization capabilities, all of which are key to support far-reaching water system innovations.

In the session on Smart Water Services, we focus on how digital water is transforming the utility of tomorrow. The keynote will give an insight on smart solutions for utility efficiency and optimization. A number of cases will then explore how new data management is further stretching a utilities’ horizon. Examples include utility data management as service hosted ‘in the cloud’, water savings on-line trading, water service inventories and data management through new on-line data platforms and innovative customer relations using data and social media. Cases will be presented from Kenya, United States and Portugal.

The second session on Intelligent Water Resource Management will explore how data and information is revolutionizing the management of large water resources systems. The keynote will provide an overview of the latest development of remote sensing, data management and modelling of large scale freshwater systems. Subsequent case studies will show how latest modelling techniques help to manage urban flooding or support stakeholder engagement in safeguarding water quality and quantity. Cases will be presented from Singapore, Denmark and the United States.

In a joint session with the ICT-theme of G-STIC, a panel of ICT companies will give their view on ICT solutions and digital inclusion. Smart solutions will be discussed in a wider sustainable development context with a testimony of the implementation of the digital society in Qatar, the digital water agenda of the European water sector and the three sensor approach for water and climate.

In the fourth interactive session, participants will jointly co-create a position paper on Smart Water Solutions guided by a panel of experts and stakeholders.

What’s in it for you


G-STIC 2017 offers a unique chance for high-level interaction with industry representatives, researchers, socio-economic actors and policy-makers. The sessions will include contributions from renowned speakers such as:

  • Will Maize, Bluefield research
  • Mbaruku Vyakweli, Nairobi Water
  • Quentin de Hults, Senior Manager- construction Advocacy and Sustainability, BASE Group
  • James Workman, Aquashares
  • Sergio Coelho, BF software & LNEC
  • Hessel Winsemius, Deltares
  • Peter Bauer-Gottwein, Danish Technological University
  • Vladan Babovic, National University Singapore
  • Peter Goodwin, Center for Ecohydraulics Research, Idaho EPSCoR/IDeA
  • Mrs Reem Al-Mansoori, Undersecretary Digital Society Sector Dev., Ministry of Transport & Communication, Qatar
  • Uta Wehn, IHE Delft