6 Nov 2016

How does harnessing digital technology and collaborative working improve readiness for flood resilience?  Steven Trewhella, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Director of Business Development for the Water Unit in the UK shared his views on this and on how the water and environmental sector can prepare for 2050 at the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) conference this week. The CIWEM conference: A Step to the Future…Water and Environmental Management 2050 was held at the Telford International Centre, Shropshire. 

CIWEMSpeaking of the event’s theme, he said: “If you take time to reflect on the quantum changes in the world and within our industry since 1982 it’s astonishing. If you project the same amount of time forward into the future, imagine how things will look in 2050.”

Steven was one of six leading industry professionals invited to present on different aspects of the future of the water industry. Steven shared insights based on Royal HaskoningDHV’s experience with Smart Water Solutions in the Netherlands and the UK. 

“To improve our readiness for the future we must use what we know of mega trends and the progress being made in the digital sphere. By forging new, more efficient ways of working either physically or digitally we can shape how the future of our industry will look and be fully prepared for the road ahead.”

Steven’s presentation, “2050, Are you Ready? A European Perspective” formed part of the CIWEM conference taking place at the 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring. The biennial event attracts industry professionals, regulators and academics from around the world hoping to learn of the latest developments in regulations, technologies, methods and standards in laboratory, process and environmental monitoring.