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July 9, 2014
IWA World Water Congress - Invitation to participate

From 21st to 26th September, the Lisbon Congress Centre hosts the World Water Congress and Exhibition of the IWA. This is a conference that brings together over 5,000 of the leading professionals of the water sector in 90 countries. The 47 workshops, 90 technical sessions, 360 presentations and over 700 posters offer a unique opportunity to establish contacts and networks of collaboration with internationally renowned leaders. More information here.

December 11, 2013
Seminar LNEC-ABES/PNQS
Yesterday, at the Congress Center of LNEC, took place the seminar LNEC-ABES/PNQS. The seminar, which was attended by the finalists of the National Sanitation Quality Award (PNQS) of the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (ABES), aimed to demonstrate the implementation process in Portugal asset management infrastructure within the scope of iGPI-LNEC and PGPI-AGS projects. The success examples of GPI implementation programs of Águas de Coimbra (iGPI) and Águas de Barcelos (PGPI) were presented. The iGPI LNEC team acknowledges the presence of all the guests and speakers.
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November 26, 2013
The World Bank delegation present at the iGPI final meeting

The final part of iGPI final meeting was attended by representatives of the Danube Water Program, a 4-year project funded by the World Bank for the countries of the Danube region. The project's methodology, tools and main outcomes were discussed in the scope of IAM planning, in order to evaluate the feasibility of applying the collaborative framework and the AWARE-P methodologies in different countries under different contexts. LNEC and the World Bank / Danube Water Program are currently discussing a collaboration that may allow the Portuguese experience to inform and support the DWP's efforts.

October 21, 2013
iGPI Final Meeting

The final meeting of the iGPI project took place in October 16. With 80 people attending the ceremony, amongst participants from the utilities and guests, this final meeting aimed at presenting the inititive's main results. The project, which involved 19 utilities and over 100 people participating actively during 18 months for IAM planning for long-term sustainability, ended up sucessfuly with 16 strategic IAM plans built by the utilities with full project participation. The LNEC-team congratulates all the participants for their presence at the meeting and for all the obtained results.

 

October 16, 2013
INOVA's Strategic IAM Plan published online

Another strategic infrastructure asset management plan has been published online, this time by INOVA Cantanhede, following its approval by the board of directors. The document was developed in-house in the scope of INOVA's participation in the national IAM initiative, and is available on their website.

October 15, 2013
Inframoura publishes its Strategic Plan online

Inframoura made available online their new Strategic Plan.The document, based on the Infrastructure Asset Management Strategic Plan developed by Inframoura in the context of their participation in iGPI, is available for download at their corporate website.

October 1, 2013
5th LESAM – Leading-Edge Strategic Asset Management 2013, 10-23 September, Sydney, Australia
The 5th edition of LESAM 2013 took place in Sydney, Australia, between the 10th and 12th of September. Researchers & academics, people from the utilities and consultants, as well as technology providers, were among the over 160 participants of the conference. This high quality of the attendees was reflected on the levels of the presentations, as well as on the discussions that followed. There was also an enthusiastic participation of young water professionals.

With keynote presentations, the iGPI team leaders – Helena Alegre e Sérgio Teixeira Coelho, presented an overview of the main project development and outcomes, including the AWARE-P infrastructure assessment management (IAM) planning software. Unlike in many other presentations, i.e., more focused on how to identify priorities of intervention; those regarding the Portuguese water utilities also made reference to what to do afterwards – i.e., how to explore rehabilitation interventions as an opportunity to improve the overall system performance.

It was also important to have a good understanding of how IAM is dealt with in Australia - a leading-edge country with this regard, together with the opportunity to make a diagnosis out of the current situation and be able discuss the possible ways ahead. Overall, the conference take‑home message was the need to improve communication IAM in a broad sense: i.e., with customers, between decision levels, with policy makers, with society at broad, etc. More specifically, the conference was a good opportunity to share with others how the iGPI project is running in Portugal.

September 23, 2013
WEBINARS iGPI
Six iGPU WEBINARS are planned for the upcoming weeks, during Phase 4. These webinars will focus primarily on various topics relevant to tactical panning. The schedule of the webinars is as follows:

September 24th, 2013 – Construction and planning of simulation models
September 27th, 2013 – Use of simulation models

October 1st, 2013 – Paradigm shift from engineering to asset management: Rand Water, the largest water utility in Africa
October 3rd, 2013 – ISO 55000 standard for Asset Management

October 9th, 2013 – Preview of software Aware-P, version 1.0

October 11th, 2013 – Calibration of simulation models

July 9, 2013
iGPI will be keynote at LESAM 2013 in Sydney (Sept. 10-12)
An article describing the Portuguese experience with the iGPI collaborative initiative for infrastructure asset management received the best rating of the abstracts submitted to LESAM - Leading-Edge Strategic Asset Management 2013, the 5th edition of the biannual conference of the IWA which has become the foremost international event in the field of infrastructure asset management of water services.
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July 1, 2013
The launch of the National Water Loss Initiative - kickoff meeting on the 8th of July, at LNEC
In parallel with the iGPI, LNEC proposes to launch in the first quarter of 2014, the National Water Loss Initiative, a collaborative project to train and support water utilities specifically in the implementation of a program to reduce water losses and to improve energy efficiency in water supply systems.
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June 5, 2013
Training course on wastewater and stormwater network modeling. LNEC, June 26-28, 2013
The Urban Water Division (NES) of LNEC, in partnership with the Portuguese Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, is organizing a course on wastewater and stormwater network modeling. The course will be held June 26-28 at LNEC's Urban Water Division's facilities in Lisbon.
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May 21, 2013
iGPI WEBINARS (Phase 4)
Seven iGPI WEBINARS are planned for the upcoming weeks, during Phase 4. These webinars will focus primarily on various topics relevant to tactical planning. The schedule of the webinars is as follows:

May 28th, 2013 – Methods for multicriteria analysis

June 4th, 2013 – Introduction to water supply system modeling

June 18th, 2013 – CCTV and the WRc method

July 2nd, 2013 – Infiltration & inflows (I&I)

July 9th, 2013 – Water cycle safety plans

Date to be announced soon - Flow monitoring and leakage detection

March 7, 2013
iGPI Forum: a success
Over 180 professionals from the urban water supply sector participated in this public event from the iGPI project. It is gratifying to see the importance of this topic to the overall technical and scientific community. Thanks to all the participants for their presence. We hope that the event has met your expectations.