WRc Newsletter November 2018 - Asset Management

December 03, 2018 Categories: Latest News

WRc win contract with Portsmouth Water to inform design of storage reservoir

WRc has been awarded an early start project to help inform the design of the £103million Havant Thicket Winter Storage Reservoir Project for Portsmouth Water.  This involves the construction of a new winter storage reservoir – the first in the South East for decades. The reservoir, which will take 10 years to fully commission, is a collaboration between Portsmouth Water and Southern Water which will release water from other sources so that Portsmouth Water can supply up to 21Ml/d more water to Southern Water customers in Hampshire by 2029.


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WRc launches 2018 Portfolio

Over the last few months we have been busy discussing our latest portfolio offering with our clients up and down the country – and even overseas! We are delighted that the first set of projects are now in the process of kicking off. Here are the highlights of some of early starters, and contact details if you want to get involved.


CP582 – Unmeterable flows

A number of companies reported to us an issue with a widening water balance gap, which is important from a leakage and PCC reporting perspective. One of the areas which can give rise to problems are ‘unmeterable’ flows – these are flows beyond the limit of detection by household and non-household meters – that will vary depending on the size and type of meter. Although under-registration studies will look at how much uncertainty there is for the recorded flows at different rates, there is less consideration of the stopping flow of the meter and, therefore, how much water could be passing through the meter entirely undetected. This project will be investigating the potential ‘unmeterable’ flows from a range of different meter types using both laboratory tests and field surveys. We will also be exploring the types of action that could be giving rise to flow rates of different amounts – such as dripping taps and leaky loos – so that future prevalence can be considered. This collaborative project will deliver a range of benefits but specifically will improve the water balance, allow targeting of water efficiency messages and provide evidence that may be useful in discussion and consultation around standards for water appliances.

For more information please email andy.godley@wrcplc.co.uk

CP585 – Resilience to extreme weather

Many water companies experienced network capacity problems during recent extreme weather, including both the freeze-thaw event earlier in the year and the unusually prolonged hot, dry summer. The increase in demand and, during freeze-thaw, increase in leakage is difficult to test in traditional hydraulic network models because they do not include weather parameters. The project aim is to explore the potential for weather-driven models to test network resilience under extreme weather scenarios. A suite of demand and leakage profiles will be produced using data modelling techniques, based on factors such as air temperature and ALC effort, which can then be used in WRc’s rapid simulation SIMPOL software to test the water supply network. This project will deliver a proof of concept as to whether the modelling offers potential to explore network resilience under extreme weather conditions; it will identify and define potential trigger levels for winter or summer resilience plans to be implemented; and will provide a foundation for service reservoir capacity design which takes into account long-term weather patterns as well as short-term extreme weather events; thereby enabling companies participating in the project to demonstrate to regulators that they are taking steps to respond better to extreme events.

For more information please email richard.foster@wrcplc.co.uk



Asset Management on the road

There’s nothing our team like more than getting out to see our clients and taking part in knowledge sharing with colleagues across the industry. We’ve had a busy month in November with presence and participation across many of the leading industry events.


Carmen spent the day at the Institute of Water one day Environment Conference catching up with friends and colleagues new and old! As Secretary of the South West area of the Institute of Water she also visited the Environment Agency Starcross Labs learning more about wastewater treatment challenges. In a change from normal activities, Carmen seized an opportunity to deliver a guest lecture on the topic of Demand Management for students at London City University as she believes it is important to inspire and equip the next generation of water sector employees. Back in her normal day job she has enjoyed spending time with Bristol Water, Portsmouth Water, Southern Water and Severn Trent Water talking about specific challenges that they are experiencing. She also visited Water UK to highlight the variety of work and services that WRc are able to provide.


Andy Godley and Leo Carswell led the WRc presence at WWEM (Water Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring) event held in Telford 21/22nd November. WRc’s Technology Showcase highlighted our capabilities for testing a wide range of instrumentation, our facilities and our collaborative research programme. WRc hosted the WWEM Instrument Apprentice Competition where we gave the teams of apprentices from water companies various tasks throughout the day. The winning team (Natalie Oliver and Dan Calvert from Yorkshire Water) and the very close runners up (Alex Ward and Chris McGhee from United Utilities) were presented with their awards at the Gala Dinner.


WWEM is also a big occasion for the WRc Instrument User Group which provides a forum for instrumentation experts from the water companies to share experiences and problems. The IUG this year sponsored two awards presented at the WWEM dinner – Best After Sales Service from a supplier which went to Pulsar and Breakthrough Product which went to ATi for their Metrinet water quality monitor.


The Asset Management team is growing

Welcome to our team!

It’s been a busy few months as our team has grown in size and in skill set. We are delighted to welcome to the Asset Management Solutions team 2 new graduates, a data engineer, and a data scientist.

Each of the team has taken a few minutes to introduce themselves, and tell us a bit about what they will be working on…


Gabriella Manzella joins us as a graduate supporting our technology, flow measurement and pollution and flooding teams. She told us:


“I am a recent physics graduate and I am very excited to be joining the team. I have always wanted to apply my physics knowledge into kind of real world, environmental based problems and WRc gives me this opportunity.”


George Hodgkinson joins us as a graduate supporting our technology, flow measurement and asset resilience teams. He told us:


“I am very excited to be joining WRc’s asset management team. As a physics graduate, I am looking forward to putting my data analysis and lab experience into real-world use. I have had a great and varied first two months with the company and I am looking forward to continuing my experience.”

Fabio Veronesi joins our data science team, particularly supporting our leakage and asset strategy and resilience themes.


“I spent the majority of my career in Academia. After obtaining a Master degree in Geology from the University of Ferrara, I spent 2 years in a company specialized in geophysical surveys and then moved to Cranfield University for a PhD in digital soil mapping. Afterwards, I worked 4 years at ETH Zurich on various machine learning projects related to cartography and renewable energy modelling. Before coming to work at WRC, I was Lecturer in Agri-Data Analysis at Harper Adams University. I have a lot to learn here, but look forward to supporting a wide variety of WRc projects.”

Israel Sanchez-Pina joins our data science team, specialising in data engineering.


"I am Economist specialize in statistic and operations, on the past two years, I started a new path on my career to develop my IT skills and combine them with my statistics background. I joined the Asset management team as a data engineer to contribute to the data process and the data science technique to improve the quality of our deliverables to our clients. I am quite excited to meet everybody around as well as to learn and contribute with all of you and with the different departments."



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