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Annual Conference Webinar Series #9: Technology and Innovation
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Annual Conference Webinar Series #9: Technology and Innovation

Bringing the Annual Conference to you Virtually!

 Export to Your Calendar 10/6/2020
When: Tuesday October 6th
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Where: Webinar! Bringing the Annual Conference to you Virtually!
Contact: Stacy Cacallori

Online registration is available until: 10/6/2020
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Join us for a lunch time webinar on October 6, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm!   

This webinar is the 9th in the Conference Webinar Series ... Bringing the Annual Conference to you Virtually!

Registration will be open until 10 AM on October 6, 2020!

Topic: Technology and Innovation


"Using GIS Dashboard Views to Manage Operations at a Utility Authority"
Michael Kolody and Megan Turi, Maser Consulting

This presentation will give an overview of how GIS dashboard views, using Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS, are helping organizations manage water and wastewater field operations and track compliance with the Water Quality Accountability Act (WQAA). Location enabled GIS dashboards can be configured to help water and wastewater utilities track key performance indicators (KPIs) and other useful information related to daily operations. When configured properly, GIS dashboards provide key staff and senior management with a single location to view this information. Our presentation will provide an overview of how a utility can benefit from GIS dashboard views. We will discuss the process of creating GIS dashboards and discuss prerequisites for software and data. Finally, we will review some real-life examples of GIS dashboards that we have created for other water and wastewater utilities.

"Demystifying Intelligent Water: Actionable Insights and Strategies for Utility Leaders and Operators"
Jim Cooper, Arcadis

Intelligent water (water, wastewater and stormwater) is here. Utilities are seeking guidance on understanding exactly what it is and deciding when and if to apply advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. We recently partnered with Bluefield Research to answer this question: How might AI and predictive analytics be used to address the most complex and critical challenges of today and tomorrow? The results are significant – 36 percent of households won’t be able to afford water within the next 5 years and intelligent water can provide $17.6 billion in savings over the next decade specifically in advanced asset management. Along with research results, attendees will learn strategies and methods utilities can and should take for a successful future, including defining six values obtained through intelligent water. Our research also defines Collective Intelligence, where a human-centric approach to digital adoption provides the greatest opportunity for improvement in affordability, the utility workforce, and the customer experience for utilities. Attendees will gain an understanding of high-level insights, real-world applications, and actionable recommendations in order to equip utility leaders and operators with the knowledge and tools they need to embrace intelligent water technologies and develop human-centric, fit-for-future organizations.

Professional Development Credits:

This webinar is approved for the following Professional Development Credits (1 TCH for Water Operators, 1 CPC for NJ PE, 1 PDH for NY PE).

Credits will be awarded after successful completion of the Webinar, Quiz, obtaining an acceptable interest level as calculated by GoToWebinar, and completion and submitted Participant's Statement of Attendance and Participation.  

Member Cost $15;  Non-Member Cost $25


Michael Kolody is a Project Manager and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist with over 15 years of experience in GIS project management, spatial analysis, cartography, mapping grade Global Positioning Systems (GPS) surveying, and analytical data management. He employs an innovative and resourceful approach to execute projects successfully, manage diverse teams, and communicate technical details to non-technical stakeholders. He has provided GIS/GPS and data management services using ArcGIS software to public and private sector clients ranging from local municipalities and utility authorities to large petroleum and chemical manufacturing clients, while assisting them to comprehend, maintain, and analyze their spatial data.

Megan Turi is a Project Manager and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist with over 5 years of experience in GIS data creation and design with an emphasis on water distribution, sanitary and storm sewer collection systems, and land records. She has experience with creating and maintaining enterprise geodatabases, configuring ArcGIS for Server and implementing web-based GIS applications. She also has experience with integrating Global Positioning Systems (GPS) surveying with web-based GIS applications.

Jim Cooper is a Vice President at Arcadis and serves as the Global Leader for Intelligent Water. Jim earned an Executive Certificate for Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron. He is a Division Trustee for the American Water Works Association, past president of his local Water Environment Federation section, and a well-established industry thought leader, authoring more than 45 publications, and maintaining licenses and certifications in sustainability, project management, water and wastewater operations, and is a Professional Engineer in seven states.


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