April 3-4, 2019: NEWWA Spring Conference

NEWWARepresentatives of Weston & Sampson will exhibit in Booth #1012, as well as present and moderate during the course of NEWWA's 2019 Spring Joint Regional Conference & Exhibition, taking place April 3-4 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

Wednesday, April 3, 11:00 AM — "Garbage In = Garbage Out: Data Management is Key to Strong Asset Management Program” MARGARET MCCARTHY, P.E., Team Leader, Weston & Sampson. There are hundreds of applications which proclaim to make analyzing, sorting and reporting asset data easier for utilities. However, everyone is familiar with the adage “garbage in = garbage out.” That is why it is critical for utilities to develop standard operating procedures for data collection, verification and modification. These procedures will ensure confidence in the data used for managing assets, regulatory, and stakeholder reporting. Learn best practices in data management procedures that will ensure a successful asset management program.

Wednesday, April 3, 2:30 PM — "Using Hydraulic Modeling to Evaluate Supply Alternatives During Water Treatment Plant Rehabilitation” CASSANDRA ALBRECHT, Engineer, Weston & Sampson. The Dedham-Westwood Water District utilizes two groundwater sources and the MWRA for supplemental water supply. Hydraulic modeling was used to evaluate the impacts of additional MWRA supply during a water treatment plant rehabilitation. Source mixing prior to and during rehabilitation was evaluated, focusing on areas where water quality could be adversely impacted. The impact of temporary eliminating ortho-polyphosphate from the system was also evaluated, as the plant to be rehabilitated adds this corrosion inhibiting chemical and the MWRA does not.

Thursday, April 4, 10:00 AM — “Four Pillars of Asset Management” DAN SHINNICK, GIS Team Leader, Weston & Sampson. Asset management is risk management. Good asset management seeks to maximize ROI by minimizing risk. Asset management is a mindset. A view, strategic in scope and tactical in focus; it is a plan. GIS can play an impactful role in good asset management. Attendees will gain insight into four pillars of successful asset management: integration, asset centricity, observation and proactivity. The presentation will provide an actionable roadmap for utilities engaged in asset management at all levels.

Thursday, April 4, 3:00 PM — “A Tale of Two Systems (Approaches to Water Allocation – Eastern and Western United States)" JOE McGINN, Esq., Senior Project Manager, Weston & Sampson. Prior to returning to Massachusetts, the author spent several years in New Mexico working as the Water Resources Manager for the Pueblo of Santa Ana, a federally recognized Native American Tribe. During that time, a great deal of time and effort was expended on the state and federal processes of adjudicating water rights and new source approvals under state law in New Mexico under the Prior Appropriation Doctrine. In this presentation, the systems governing the issues of water allocation and new source approval in the Southwest are reviewed in context with the regulatory approaches governing these processes in the Northeast, particularly the New England region.

In addition, TARA HOURIHAN, PE, serves as Assistant Moderator for two sessions: Session 7 / Young Professionals, on Wednesday at 2 PM, and Session 18 / Water Resources, on Thursday at 1:30 PM.

Weston & Sampson is also participating in the NEWWA Career Fair taking place in the DCU Center, Worcester, MA on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Ballroom Foyer - 3rd Floor.

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