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ACE11 – Virtually There!

May 26, 2011 Leave a comment

In the last couple of years, I have participated in an increasing number of product demos, meetings and presentations by sitting in my office chair and logging onto that miracle of modern technology: the internet. Although, in my opinion, nothing beats face-to-face interactions, video conferencing and Go2Meeting type computer sharing have made interactions that can’t be face-to-face much more productive. And you can’t argue the cost effectiveness of attending a two-hour online meeting versus being there via a four-hour flight.

This year, AWWA has jumped on board the online experience and is offering “virtual attendance” to portions of the ACE11 conference. Like universities who are offering “online classrooms”, this will allow more people who normally cannot attend access to some of the information presented during the conference (AWWA promises over ten hours of live ACE content plus five additional videos) for a fraction of the cost of attending in person. If you’re interested, check out their website.

I hope this is a sign of things to come and look forward to more advances in knowledge sharing technologies.

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Worldmapper Maps

May 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Have you ever wondered about which countries used the most domestic water? Or industrial water?  Or maybe you’re in the wastewater end of the industry and wanted to know which countries produced the least sewage sludge?

If you are interested for your own sake or wish to find an efficiently mapped diagram illustrating these types of values for your next presentation, try Worldmapper.

Worldmapper contains almost 700 maps illustrating world rates on resources, manufacturing, income, violence (and a surprisingly large number of maps on death…). I found at least a dozen on water or sewage.

The map below provides an example of their world map for Water Use (map #104). You can also obtain a pdf poster version. The different colours are used to identify geographical territories (and are consistent for all maps to facilitate comparisons) while the size represents the quantities of water usage for each territory. The pdf version also includes a smaller image of the land area map for reference.

For partners in fuel producing industries, there are maps for you (#109-120). There are also maps on gas, coal and crude petroleum imports/exports, if you’re into that kind of thing. It’s definitely worth having a look.

And did I mention it’s free?

NOTE: Image is copyright SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).

Managing Water in Australia

May 12, 2011 Leave a comment

This morning, Science Alert re-posted an excellent opinion piece by Ross Young, the Executive Director of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), regarding the steps the Australian water industry has been taking to manage their water supplies in a country plagued by highly variable (and unreliable) rainfall.

He touches on industry, farming and consumers using a variety of methods including desalination, water recycling and leakage management, as well as motivations for participating in these programs without trying to resort to water restrictions.

Click on the following link to read “Managing our water demand in a fickle environment“.

Friday fun.

May 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Only because it’s Friday and we all need a break sometimes – here is a “Pipeline Remixed” game (Flash required).

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News & Information Sources

May 3, 2011 Leave a comment

There are many sites on the world-wide web providing information relevant to the water, wastewater and industrial sectors. Sorting through it all can be a very intensive chore.  When we find sites that seem to provide good value with respect to information provided, we will add them to the Links sidebar in this blog.

Today’s addition is “WaterWorld”, a site by PennWell that provides international business and industry related news for water, wastewater and waste industries. Other sites in their family offer information for power engineering, the oil and gas industry, etc..

We hope you find it useful: http://www.waterworld.com/index.html