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April 05, 2017
GeoAdvice Seminar Series: Water Loss Management - Hands-On Approach - June 1-2, 2017
Water Loss Management
A Hands-On Approach


June 1-2, 2017

Last year, GeoAdvice hosted a workshop on the current state of water loss management led by world-renown water loss researcher, Professor Kobus van Zyl of the University of Cape Town. The workshop was an overwhelming success with attendees from twenty municipalities.
 
In soliciting feedback on last year’s workshop, we found that many municipalities are interested in pursuing more hands-on, practical content and best practices with respect to water loss management. We have taken this feedback to heart and have decided to host a new workshop on June 1 - 2, 2017. This workshop will see the return of Professor van Zyl to lead attendees through two days of best practices, demos, and hands-on tutorials with a focus on practical solutions and strategies for municipal engineers dealing with water loss management issues. Several guest speakers, including hardware and software vendors, will also address water loss management issues specific to B.C. The stand-out hit of the last workshop, Aqualibrium (a featured presentation at this year’s BCWWA conference), will also return with an all new competition to test your skills in hydraulics.
  
The two-day workshop will be held at the GeoAdvice office in Port Moody, BC. The total cost for the seminar will be $850 + GST per person, including 1.2 CEUs (through IACET) and a catered breakfast and lunch. We are offering a discounted rate for those who attended the original workshop.
 
To register, simply send us an email by clicking the “Register” link, below. Space is again limited to twenty participants.

Thank you for your time and your continued support!

The GeoAdvice Team
Click here to register for the workshop. Seats are limited.

To view the proposed agenda, please click here.
 
January 03, 2017
2017 – The Year of the Hydraulic Model - The Only New Year Resolution List You Need

Do you and your team have your New Year’s resolutions thought out yet? Instead of focusing on the standard personal resolutions that tend to disappear from consciousness by mid-January, why not strive instead to keep resolutions that will save your department money, increase your team’s efficiency and help you to navigate increasingly complex water system decisions?

In the spirit of the New Year, GeoAdvice presents the top ten hydraulic modeling resolutions for 2017. Following the list, please complete the brief survey to receive a complimentary GeoAdvice model review to help kick-start your new plans.

1.     New Year, New You – Update Your Hydraulic Model

  • Did you conduct a model update in 2016? Has it been more than a year since your last update? Hydraulic models require consistent maintenance to remain useful tools for analysis.

2.     Get into Shape – Calibrate Your Model

  • When was your last model calibration conducted? Has it been more than three years? Did your system experience major changes in 2016? Calibration is the only way to ensure that your model is providing defensible predictions.

3.     Take Out the Garbage – Clean Up Your GIS

  • Is your model built from GIS still a one-to-one match with your asset management program? Moving forward, it should be. In preparation, make sure that your GIS is in good shape when the time comes.

4.     Plan for the Future – Develop Modeling Standards

  • Hydraulic models are complex, data heavy and detail oriented. Consistently maintaining a model over many years with multiple modelers is challenging but necessary when it comes to data reliability and knowledge transfer.

5.     Travel More – Attend a Training Course

  • Are you completely new to hydraulic modeling? Has it been years since you last used a model? Attend a training course to learn the foundations of hydraulic modeling or to brush up on your skills.

6.     Stress Less – Model the Impact of Climate Change

  • How will your sanitary and storm water systems react to more frequent, higher-intensity rainfall events? How will your distribution and supply systems react to increases or decreases in consumption. Without a model, it is impossible to know.

7.     Do Something Unexpected – Make Your Model More Dynamic with Extended Period Simulations

  • Is your model currently built only for steady-state simulation? Would you like to know how your system would respond over the course of a day, week or month to changing demand conditions and operational controls? Consider developing dynamic models with extended period simulations.

8.     Get A Health Check-Up – Model Water Quality

  • Water quality is a very complex subject that cannot be estimated in complex systems without hydraulic modeling. If you would like to be able to study and optimize your system to improve water quality, build a water quality model into your existing hydraulic model.

9.     Take Back Your Life – Delegate Modeling Tasks

  • Can you appreciate the potential of hydraulic modeling, but feel overwhelmed by the thought of conducting the modeling yourself? Is your department already swamped with other work? Consider delegating your modeling requirements to hydraulic modeling specialists.

10.  Do a Detox – Model Uni-Directional Flushing Sequences

  • Do you plan your flushing sequences manually with paper maps? Have your sequences been the same for more than a decade? Modeling UDF flushing sequences is the only way to ensure that you are achieving your flushing goals in an efficient and effective manner. Start with a pilot study for a single pressure zone, you will be surprised.

We hope that we have given you something to think about and that you will make strides in 2017 towards realizing the potential of hydraulic modeling for water, waste water and storm water systems. Please let us know your thoughts by clicking on the link below to complete a brief survey. Thank you.

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