Water Data Forum: The Digital Twin Readiness Guide – The Path To Implementation

September 12, 2023
1:00 pm
September 12, 2023
2:00 pm
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Water Data Forum: The Digital Twin Readiness Guide – The Path To Implementation

Water Data Forum – The Digital Twin Readiness Guide – The Path To Implementation

Presented by the Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA), Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub (MBDH), and Water Environment Federation (WEF)

SEPTEMBER 12, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET


Digital Twins is one of the most transformative technologies enabling utilities to make the most of their digital investments.  As a recent innovation, Digital Twin technology can be complex and confusing, with utilities wondering how best to implement this technology.    

This webcast will discuss the SWAN Digital Twin Readiness Guide and highlight a Collection System Digital Twin case study.  This Digital Twin Readiness Guide provides a much-needed consolidated resource for utilities to reference as they upgrade and expand their operational systems.  



Elkin Hernandez

Director Maintenance Services | DC Water
Chair of Intelligent Water Technology Committee | WEF

Mr. Elkin Hernandez currently serves as DC Water Director of Maintenance Services, in this role, he oversees the maintenance of the over 40,000 assets used at Blue Plains AWTP.  He has over 20 years of experience in the design, construction, commissioning and maintenance of water treatment and power utilities. For the past 9 years, he has worked at DC Water Blue Plains AWTP. Prior to joining DC Water, he worked in the consulting and construction engineering fields as a design, development and commissioning engineer and manager.

Mr. Hernandez is the immediate past chair of WEF’s Intelligent Water Technology Committee, his background includes work on telecom cation, automation, process control and cybersecurity. Currently his work is focused in the fields of smart water, management, and maintenance optimization. Mr. Hernandez holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s engineering degree in Electrical and Computer science.

Mike Karl

VP, Global Digital Leader, Water | AECOM
Chairman | SWAN Americas Alliance

Michael Karl serves as the VP, Global Digital Leader for AECOM's Global Water Business Line.  With over two decades of experience, he steers the digital transformation initiatives within AECOM's water sector.  His specialty lies in harnessing digitally enabled solutions to boost organizational efficiency, underscored by his deep expertise in Smart Water, automation, Digital Twins, and advanced analytics.  A recognized industry leader, Michael chairs the SWAN Americas Alliance and has previously co-chaired the SWAN Digital Twin Holistic Architecture Committee.  Consistently at the forefront of digital innovation, Michael is unwavering in his dedication to propel the water industry's digital evolution.

Dr. Pusker Regmi, PhD

Wastewater Innovation Expert | Brown and Caldwell

Dr. Pusker Regmi is a wastewater innovation leader at Brown and Caldwell. He is a board-certified environmental engineer named 40 Under 40 awardee in 2022 by The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists. Pusker is credited with pioneering advanced biological nutrient removal technologies. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has served as principal investigator for multiple Water Research Foundation projects. He is currently a vice-chair of the WEF research and innovation symposium and vice-chair of WEF Research and Innovation for Strengthening Engagement (RISE).

Dr. Agnethe Nedergaard Pedersen, PhD

Digital Twin Lead | VandCenter Syd (Denmark)

Dr. Agnethe Nedergaard Pedersen is a Digital Twin Lead at VCS Denmark - a utility company in Denmark. She has made research about the reliability of the digital twins especially within the application of the simulation models. She is in the steering committee in the SWAN Interoperable Utility Group, where utilities come together to set a direction of the digitalization of the water sector.


More about the Water Data Forum Series:

The Water Data Forum is a series of interactive web sessions that engage cross-sector experts in an exploration of utility, industry, and research approaches to collecting, managing, and measuring water data for impact. Topics in this free, virtual forum will range from new sensor and control technologies to broader application spaces such as water data for environmental justice and climate resilience.

Presented by the Cleveland Water Alliance, Water Environment Federation, and Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, this series aims to demystify water data for experts and the public.