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MTV: Watertech 'Blind Date' 2014 Candidate

MTV was a candidate for a Utility 'Blind Date' at Water Tech Invest 25 March, 2014

Profile compiled by Isle Utilities

MTV is a cloud-based knowledge collection and retrieval system for technicians in the field and in supporting roles. The system can be accessed via smartphones, tablets or desktop computers. Users can easily and simply create and upload multimedia content relating to a particular task or asset using the video, camera, audio and text input features of their device. This invaluable asset specific information is then available to any other technician in the organisation through their MTV connected device. An MTV connected technician sent to work on a faulty pump, motor or valve has instant access to a complete maintenance history for that asset, complete with a visual record of previous work and guidance created by colleagues, greatly increasing the chances of a swift or 1st time fix. MTV can also manage manuals, plans and diagrams, whatever the source. When a data connection is unavailable the system works offline, content can be stored and uploaded once a connection is re-established. Technicians are rewarded and recognized for contributions via a points system to incentivise participation and content creation. In practice this system has proved extremely popular with users.

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Smartflow: Watertech 'Blind Date' 2014 WINNER

Smartflow was the winner of the Blind Date with water utility (Piers Clark of Thames Water) at Water Tech Invest 25 March, 2014

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Smartflow is a producer of non-invasive low field EMF equipment for the treatment of mineral scaling and fat fouling in sludge lines in wastewater and waste food digestion plants.

Development work in the application of higher electric fields and electric currents to wastewater sludge demonstrated strong potential for the treatment of sludge, specifically for digestion pre-treatment and sludge dewatering. Research has demonstrated that the extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) in the sludge flocs could be hydrolysed by the electric field and current, with the consequent increase in soluble COD. Laboratory tests on sludge followed by anaerobic digestion confirmed that there was an increase in biogas production and a greater level of volatile fatty acids (VFA) destruction compared to the digestion without pre-treatment. Development to pilot scale confirmed the laboratory results, with higher levels of biogas production (20%-60%) as a result of the electric field pre-treatment. The mechanism of hydrolysis of the EPS and VFA destruction was shown to be caused by radical attack.

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Flood Protection Solutions: Watertech 'Blind Date' 2014 WINNER

Flood Protection Solutions was the winner of the utility 'Blind Date' at Water Tech Invest 25 March, 2014

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Flood Protection Systems (FPS) is the sole UK distributor of the Water-Gate System developed in Canada by MegaSecure International. The Water-Gate is a temporary flood protection system which is unique in the way that once rolled out, it self deploys. The water lifts the top of the barrier whilst at the same time acting as ballast and weighing the base down, forming a seal even on rough ground. This self-opening method makes the system much faster and easier to deploy than competing products such as sandbags, water filled barriers, etc. It is made of a polyester fabric coated with super heavy-duty, abrasion-resistant PVC which is very robust, stable, versatile, as well as simple to store. There are a variety of barriers sizes that can be used depending on the situation and multiple barriers can be linked together. It can be used effectively on flat or uneven surfaces and can be deployed even after a flood has started. The system would provide an efficient and effective rapid response tool for the water industry, protecting customer properties or company assets from burst mains, sewer overflows or flooding of any type. It can also be used to contain pollution incidents (chemical spillages on land or even pollutants discharged to a watercourse), create a temporary dam for construction work and has the capability to re-channel the water course through a flow diverter. The cost of a barrier varies dependent on size but is very competitive compared to alternatives. Maintenance is minimal, requiring only a hose down after deployment and it can even be put away wet and as it will not degrade.

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E-MIGS: Watertech 'Blind Date' 2014 Candidate

E-MIGS was a candidate for a utility 'Blind Date' at Water Tech Invest 25 March, 2014

Profile compiled by Isle Utilities

E-MIGS operate an aerial and water based survey and mapping service using high end UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) & USS (Unmanned Surface System) technology. E-MIGS operate fixed wing & rotary UAS and Twin Hull USS systems to deliver highly accurate topographical mapping, bathymetric and high-resolution aerial ortho-photo mosaics. E-MIGS' unique managed service combines UAS expertise with specialist GIS knowledge and experience. Using a UAS allows for flexible, cost effective survey work that is safe, portable and quick to employ within live complex environments. Traditional ground surveys can take days and manned aerial surveys are weather dependent and highly expensive. The E-MIGS service can save utilities vast amounts of time and money whilst delivering high quality data and subsequent data-exploitation that has never been achievable before. A typical E-MIGS linear asset survey over 20 miles would only take up to 2 days (probably 1 in the right conditions) to capture the data and a further 2 days to manipulate before providing <0.4 inches topographical GPS accuracy in a variety of models including: – photo masked 3D models, digital surface models, 2D topographical surveys, thermal subsurface information, ortho-photo-mosaics and production of Google Earth type precision modelling.

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Acoustic Sensing Technology: Watertech 'Blind Date' 2014 Candidate

SewerBatt was a candidate for a utility 'Blind Date' at Water Tech Invest 25 March 2014

Profile compiled by Isle Utilities
Acoustic Sensing Technology is a spin-out of the University of Bradford (UK) that began in 2013 to commercialise the SewerBatt technology.

The UK water companies have over 302,000 km of sewers within their networks. The majority of these sewers are aging assets and little information is known as to asset condition and maintenance requirement. Water companies are being urged to know more about the condition of their underground assets.

Anticipating a demand for new low-cost techniques, a team at the University of Bradford, with support from industry, have been collaborating since 2002 to develop acoustic techniques to meet this need. In the same way that bats use sound to navigate and hunt in the dark, SewerBatt uses sound waves to gain information about the conditions inside sewer pipes. The development programme has shown that useful information can be quickly and cheaply gathered in this way.

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