Technology for energy and water infrastructure: unlocking data analytics & IoT

26 June 2019

etc.venues County Hall, London

Future of Utilities: Innovation in Networks showcases those at the forefront of industry advancement by bringing networks together to discuss how asset management is changing as a result of new sensor data and analytical capability.

What is data’s true potential, and what are its costs? The future of the utilities industry will be transformed forever by data analytics, the Internet of Things and new technologies. In order to adapt to their new future, electricity, gas and water networks must rise to the challenge they face, or they risk missing their incident reduction targets and spiralling operational costs.

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Suleman Alli

Suleman Alli

Director of Strategy, UK Power Networks

Andrew Hagger, Thames Water

Andrew Hagger

Head of WWI Strategy and Planning, Thames Water

Andrew Hopkins Wales & West Utilities

Andrew Hopkins

Director of Asset Management, Wales & West Utilities

Thomas Gardiner NI Water Future of Utilities

Thomas Gardiner

Head of Lifecycle Asset Planning, NI Water

Iliana Portugues

Iliana Portugues

Head of Innovation, National Grid

Stewart Reid SSE Future of Utilities

Stewart Reid

Head of DSO and Innovation, SSEN

Faithful Chandra Western Power Distribution

Faithful Chanda

Innovation & Low Carbon Engineer, Western Power Distribution

Dave Ogden United Utilities

Dave Ogden

Head of Wholesale Technology, United Utilities

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Innovation in Networks Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Breakfast workshop | Becoming an information-driven organisation


Data analytics 101: generating value from data – how to get there, and where to start

Before joining L&G, Peter was Chief Data Officer at Southern Water where he developed and delivered a new transformational data strategy.

Peter Jackson Legal and General
Peter Jackson

Group Data Sciences Director , Legal & General


Welcome address


Chair's opening remarks - John Richardson, Head of Innovation, SGN

Session 1

The future of network management – unlocking innovation in operations


Pushing the boundaries during the transition: digitalisation, decarbonisation and decentralisation

  • Understanding the changing landscape: evaluating the scale of potential disruption
  • Opportunities for new technology: improving operations to meet and exceed targets
  • How can networks deliver cheaper, faster, greener and better?

Suleman Alli
Suleman Alli

Director of Strategy , UK Power Networks

Case study | Northern Gas Networks

Daniel Howett

Network Lead , Northern Gas Networks


Upgrading analytical capacity: transforming raw data into information


Using digital technology to deliver innovation

  • Design Thinking: re-designing how we approach innovation
  • Problem vs tech: facing the challenges of digital technology pull
  • Innovation “exit strategy”: how to successfully integrate innovation

Elin Williamson, Southern Water
Elin Williamson

Research & Development Manager , Southern Water

Panel discussion

Strategic priorities for 2019 an beyond: creating the managing of the future

  • What could the future of networks look like?
  • Which areas of operations are most likely to be transformed by new access to insights?
  • To what extent will data analytics change incident-response strategies?
  • What are the biggest obstacles to change in the short term?
  • How can data be transformed into a usable form?
  • Communicating the benefits to stakeholders: what are the most compelling advantages to analytical capacity?
  • What should a network look for when recruiting data scientists?
  • Working together to share practical insights: learning from each other in this era of change

Suleman Alli
Suleman Alli

Director of Strategy , UK Power Networks

Faithful Chandra Western Power Distribution
Faithful Chanda

Innovation & Low Carbon Engineer , Western Power Distribution

Steven-Gough, SSEN
Steven Gough

DSO Technical Authority , SSEN

Dan Wilson Electricity North West FoU Innovation in Networks
Dan Wilson

Asset Data Manager , Electricity North West

Daniel Howett

Network Lead , Northern Gas Networks

Elin Williamson, Southern Water
Elin Williamson

Research & Development Manager , Southern Water

Session 2

Innovation in asset management case studies – predictive and proactive maintenance

Case study | Thames Water

Innovation, transformation and change: creating a maintenance strategy for the

  • Maximising the potential of existing assets: optimising capability while ensuring asset resilience
  • Collecting high quality information to manage risk and prepare for competition
  • Working with stakeholders and alliances to improve performance and deliver efficiency

Andrew Hagger, Thames Water
Andrew Hagger

Head of WWI Strategy and Planning , Thames Water

Case study | Asset Health Monitoring

Making sense of information to develop informed maintenance decisions

Daniel Woodworth, SES Water
Daniel Woodworth

Network Strategy Manager , SES Water

Case study | Beyond Visual Line of Sight

A full rollout of unmanned drone technology

In recent years drones had seemed to stall as a transformative force for intelligence and operations. Beyond Visual Line of Sight technology transforms their proposition for asset owners, allowing companies to collect data in a way that is safer and more cost-efficient than traditional methods. Learn how this new technology has significantly improved the economics and feasibility of drone inspections, and how it has changed the game for Wales & West Utilities.

Andrew Hopkins Wales & West Utilities
Andrew Hopkins

Director of Asset Management , Wales & West Utilities

Session 3

Using analytics to improve incident response – enabling better decision making

Case study | Twincident

Harnessing the power of Digital Twin technology to reduce the impact of incidents

By bringing the future to life using Digital Twin technology, Northumbrian Water seeks to help to protect people and the environment during an incident. This virtual model of the real world can help to predict the impact of a burst pipe or heavy rainfall allowing it to understand likely outcomes and therefore prioritise the appropriate response actions. Hear from Chris Jones about the benefits of bringing together the new computer models of flooding with real-time monitoring data for informed decision making when it really matters.

Chris Jones

Research & Development Manager , Northumbrian Water

Session 4

Thinking outside the box – making use of a wider pool of data

Case study | Summer 2018

Modelling future scenarios with 110 years of weather data: informing reactions to drought

Through access to historical weather data, NI Water was able to model inflow and outflow scenarios to map the projected storage of reservoirs. This enabled NI Water to decide which reservoirs to prioritise during the droughts of the Summer 2018. Learn from this example of the benefits of using innovative pools of data, including weather, geological, thermal, and seismic sources to improve a variety of different aspects of your network.

Thomas Gardiner NI Water Future of Utilities
Thomas Gardiner

Head of Lifecycle Asset Planning , NI Water

Session 5

Standardising data - an imperative for effective analysis


Stepping up data standards: breaking down barriers to analytic success

  • What are the benefits of investing in data quality?
  • Moving from concept to reality: implementing a large-scale data cleanse
  • Sharing best practice to over come industry-wide barriers

Darren Coleman Anglian Water
Darren Coleman

Project Delivery Manager , Anglian Water

Session 6

Innovation showcase – carving out the industry’s future path


Adapting regulatory frameworks to enable effective uses of data

Steven Steer, Ofgem
Stephen Steer

Product Owner, Data Services , Ofgem

Panel and peer-to-peer discussion | Implementing innovation

In this session, our panel of experts will discuss how innovation can be improved across the industry. Delegates will then have the opportunity to break into roundtables to discuss and debate the practical steps needed to embed innovation within your business model in order to create a truly collaborative effort.

Working collaboratively to magnify the industry’s efforts together

  • Sharing insights from pilots: what are the learnings so far?
  • Taking developments to the next stage: where should the industry look to move next?
  • Innovation from within: developing an innovation culture that breeds creativity
  • Learning from the past: how to avoid the pitfalls of innovation
  • Overcoming the image problem: ensuring the industry attracts the right type of talent

Iliana Portugues
Iliana Portugues

Head of Innovation , National Grid

Dave Ogden United Utilities
Dave Ogden

Head of Wholesale Technology , United Utilities

Adam Smith - Yorkshire Water
Adam Smith

Innovation Programme Manager , Yorkshire Water

Stewart Reid SSE Future of Utilities
Stewart Reid

Head of DSO and Innovation , SSEN

Jeremy Heath SES Water
Jeremy Heath

Innovation Manager , SES Water


Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference


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