Mahwah Hydraulic Modeling Team | 2022 AWWA / WEF Utility Management Conference

2024 AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference

February 13 - 16, 2024

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR
United States

Our utility management experts will be attending and presenting at the Utility Management Conference in Portland, Oregon — the leading, most informative and most prestigious management conference available.

We are proud to be the lanyard sponsor and hope to see you at any of our technical sessions where you can meet our professionals and learn about the latest in utility management.

Our WEF/AWWA Utility Management Technical Sessions

Wednesday, February 14  

Session 01: Building Resilient and Sustainable Water Infrastructure in Jackson, MS – Insights from the Project Team | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. 

  • Speakers: Ameerah Palacios and Brent Tippey
  • Abstract: You've seen the headlines, now hear from the project team of JXN Water, Ted Henifin, interim third-party manager will speak on lessons learned and introduce key parts of his project team from Jacobs, Stantec, and HDR to speak on the progress of the system in its recovery. This panel will explore the critical intersection of resiliency and sustainability in water infrastructure development and management. Through a multidisciplinary lens, the panelists will provide valuable insights and practical approaches for the architecture, engineering and construction industry to understand the challenges in Jackson, Mississippi. The 'Building Resilient and Sustainable Water Infrastructure' panel is designed to provide a comprehensive and actionable overview of the crucial issues surrounding water infrastructure today. It brings together experts from the JXN Water project team to share their knowledge, experiences, and best practices. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the complexities of water infrastructure, as well as practical tools and strategies to address the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Session 10: Best Practices for Capital Program and Asset Management | 3:30–5 p.m.
Alternate: Checking Boxes and Moving the Needle – Incrementally Advancing Asset Management Program Value for Utilities  

  • Speakers: Rachel King and Michael Flores  

Session 11: Financial Resilience for Utilities and Customers Alike | 3:30–5 p.m. 
Alternate: Financial Risk Mitigation: Utilizing long-range rate and financial planning helps minimize the impacts of large capital projects

  • Speaker: Josiah Close  

Thursday, February 15

Session 13: Incorporating Equity into Utility Decision Making | 8:30–10 a.m. 
Alternate: Economics of Equity in Infrastructure Decisions

  • Speaker: Chris Behr

Session 17: Utility Resilience and Reliability 
The Importance of Cyber Resiliency in the Modern Utility: The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Journey | 11 a.m.  

  • Speaker: Jonathon Sprague

Session 21: Alternative Project Delivery and Procurement | 1:30–3 p.m. 
Alternate: Return on Investment – Does the Owner’s Advisor Add Value to your Project?  

  • Speaker: Will Shull

 Session 22: Communications and Public Engagement | 1:30-3 p.m. 
Alternate: Strategic Messaging for More Effective Communications on Sanitary Sewer Overflows in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed  

  • Speaker: Meghan Robinson

Session 24: Real World Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Tucson Water LCRR Inventory Development, Powered by Artificial Intelligence | 2:30 p.m.  

  • Speakers: Eric Packer and Erin Lansey

Alternate: The Amazing AI Race: Pit Stops, Detours, and Green Flags

  • Speakers: Kelly Alexander and Alexander Palmatier  

Friday, February 16

Session 30: Utility Collaboration & Regionalization B 
Breaking Boundaries, Transforming Communities: The Stowe Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility – Pioneering a Collaborative Approach to Regional Wastewater Management | 9 a.m.  

  • Speaker: David Saunders

Session 31: Integrated Water Management 
Raleigh Water’s Unified Vision: Mastering Integrated Planning | 8:30 a.m.  

  • Speakers: Nicola Hill and Adam Sharpe  

Session 32: Optimization of Operation & Maintenance 
Asset Management, Machine Learning, & Connected Devices: Optimizing Collection System O&M | 9 a.m.  

  • Speaker: Jacob Mueller

Session 35: Strategic Planning B | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. 
Alternate: More Than Pretty Pictures – Developing a Utility Strategic Plan That Enhances Public Trust  

  • Speaker: Michael Brink