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TUESDAY 7 MAY

Stream 1, Pipe Degradation & Cleaning 

Room 213, 1.20pm

USING PIPE CONDITION ASSESSMENTS AS A DECISION AID TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PREVENTATIVE AND CURATIVE ACTIONS TO MITIGATE PROBLEMS FROM AGEING PIPES

Benjamin Rabaud, Materials Cluster Manager, CIRSEE, SUEZ (France) 

Benjamin has a Material Engineer formation by the Université Pierre et Marie Curie PARIS VI and a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering by Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris. He manages the Materials Cluster Division of the CIRSEE (International Center for Research on Water and the Environment). His team of more than 20 specialists carries out research, training and technical support missions on plastic recycling and recovery, material characterization and water & pipes interactions (materials ageing & water quality). Benjamin has developed his professional career at the CIRSEE including the management of innovation programs dedicated to pipe failure diagnosis, life expectancy of plastic pipes, metallic pipe corrosion and materials selection according to their environment.

TUESDAY 7 MAY

Stream 4, Water & Liveability 

Room 210, 1.20pm

TRANSFORMATIVE CITIES – HYBRID WATER SOLUTIONS, DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND CIRCULAR ECONOMIES

Tony Wong, Chief Executive, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities & 2018 IWA Global Water Award Winner (Australia) 

Professor Tony Wong is Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and a leading pioneer in the water sensitive cities approach for concurrently addressing the social, environmental and economic challenges of integrated urban water management. He has enabled creative urban design through blending bio-mimicry with engineering and architectural knowledge and practices for multiple outcomes. The 2018 IWA Global Water Award laureate and Australia’s 2010 Civil Engineer of the Year, he has been cited as having defined "a new paradigm for design of urban environments that blends creativity with technical and scientific rigour”. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2014 and delivered the 2017 Sir Alfred Deakin Oration at the Victorian Parliament House.  

THURSDAY 9 MAY

Stream 6, Data & Smart Meters 

Room 218, 1.50pm

LEAVING NO-ONE BEHIND – THE WORLD WATER DATA INITIATIVE AND SDG6

Robert Argent, General Manager Water, Bureau of Meteorology (Australia)

Robert leads the Bureau of Meteorology's Water Program, delivering a suite of national water data and information services. Over 2016-2018 he also led the World Water Data Initiative, as part of Australia's membership of the UN and World Bank High Level Panel on Water. Prior work includes research and IT leadership within the Bureau and fifteen years with The University of Melbourne on hydrological analysis and catchment modelling.

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