Oct 05, 2021 | News

Building a fit-for-future utility at WEFTEC 2021

New and existing challenges are reshaping the water sector. Utility management is now required to plan for unprecedented scenarios while navigating a changing workforce, but where should leaders focus?


Explore the 5 fundamentals of water utilities being fit-for-future — innovation, resilience, Intelligent Water, advanced asset management, and workforce programs — and the common thread woven through each: people.

Building upon a focus on people, Arcadis is proud to be a founding sponsor and a 2021 WEFTEC program sponsor of InFLOW (Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water), a program that introduces scholars to different aspects of the water sector and potential career paths in water.


MONDAY, October 18

1:30 p.m. CT | The People Side of Stormwater Management | Speaker: Anwer Ahmed

4:00 p.m. CT | One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Scaling Innovation Assessment and Planning | Moderator: Jason Carter; Speaker: Joanna Brunner

4:00 p.m. CT | Stormwater Asset Management Research Project | Speaker: Mark Van Auken

TUESDAY, October 19

11:00 a.m. CT | Proactive Leveraging of Workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Utility and Private Organizations | Lead Facilitator: Donnell Duncan

11:30 a.m. CT | Improving Stormwater Management Over the Long Haul | Speaker: Mark Van Auken

1:30 p.m. CT | Utility-led Innovation as the Key to Organizational Agility | Lead Facilitator: Jason Carter; Co-author: Joanna Brunner

1:30 p.m. CT | A Vision for the Future of Stormwater | Lead Facilitator: Fernando Pasquel

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m CT | "Capturing the ROI" Translating Asset Management to CapEX and OpEx | Speaker: Mark Van Auken

4:00 p.m. CT | Pump Stations and Force Mains | Speaker: Jim Shelton

WEDNESDAY, October 20

11:00 a.m. CT | New Hydraulic Model Calibration Techniques |Lead Facilitator: Jim Shelton; Speaker: Hazem Gheith

11:00 a.m. CT | Water Justice: How We Improve Water Equity | Lead Facilitator: Ifetayo Venner, Speaker: Anniestacia Miskel

1:30 - 3:00 p.m CT |  Digital Transformation: Leveraging Smart Infrastructure and Data Analytics to Optimize Performance | Speaker: Kevin Slaven


We invite you to be a part of our story and would like to be a part of yours. Connect with us on social media before, during and after WEFTEC 2021, and share your #fitforfuture moments with us!

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