In providing safe and secure access to water for all, the water sector of the future faces the challenges of ever-increasing demand for clean drinking water; increasingly complex infrastructure networks; and the need for improved service delivery, operational efficiencies and asset management. A holistic vision is needed to create a climate-resilient Virtuous Water Cycle that honours water as a finite resource.

In this vlog series, we are speaking to thought leaders and innovators at Royal HaskoningDHV about the opportunities offered by advances in technology, and how digital twinning, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence can support the creation of the #WaterCircuitoftheFuture.

The Rise of the Digital Twin

A digital twin can improve understanding, support decision making or ultimately, change the way a water company operates its assets. Aris Witteborg, who is spearheading Smart Water at Royal HaskoningDHV, explains that digital twin technology provides a risk-free arena for experimentation in addressing the complex and inter-related challenges faced by the water sector.

Digital twins: From spreadsheets to full automation

“I’m truly convinced of the value of digital twin technology for the water sector in improving the operational and asset management aspects of businesses.” 

Aris Witteborg, Leading Professional Smart Water at Royal HaskoningDHV

Integrating Digital Twins

Djeevan Schiferli, Lead for the Digital Water Lab at Royal HaskoningDHV, says that national digital twins have the potential to lead to new economic growth. In developing #SmartPlaces, digital twins can accelerate greater efficiencies, optimising the performance of existing assets and open up new business models.


“National digital twins have enormous potential to open up growth in new markets, services and products.” 

Djeevan Schiferli, Lead for the Digital Water Lab at Royal HaskoningDHV

Predictive Analytics and AI in action

Predictive analytics and artificial intelligence are helping water utilities and industries to change the water cycle as we know it, into the #WaterCircuitoftheFuture. Melchior Schenk, Business Development Director Aquasuite® at Royal HaskoningDHV, believes that creating actionable insights from data can support the accurate and reliable monitoring and control of water and waste water networks, assets and systems.

“Putting big data to work can help the water sector of the future to achieve compliance and create calm networks, thus improving both service delivery and operational efficiencies.” 

Melchior Schenk, Business Development Director Aquasuite® at Royal HaskoningDHV

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