National Water and Wastewater Conference 2016

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The National Water and Wastewater Conference is scheduled for November 13-16, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario – at the Marriott Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto, Ontario. This conference will merge several topics, for which we`ve previously hosted separate conferences, bringing together drinking water, wastewater, water security, water and energy efficiency, biosolids and climate change.

Event Type:
Conference/Seminar
Date:
Nov. 13-16, 2016
Location:
Toronto Marriott , ON , Canada

With man-made and natural hazard threats to critical infrastructure, such as the water sector, policy makers, emergency planners and managers find themselves with problems that are complex, interdependent and dynamic. Actions and interventions associated with this complex problem space can have highly unpredictable and unintended consequences.  Moving towards the development of solutions to these complex problem spaces depends on the lens we use to examine them and how we frame the problem. Systems Thinking, Soft Operations Research and network analysis have had great success in contributing to the management of complexity.

This workshop will help stakeholders within the water sector and greater CI community examine their vulnerabilities through the application of systems thinking and soft operations research methods. Through facilitated exercises, attendees will learn how to apply systems thinking to support both vulnerability analysis and resilience. In particular the workshop will focus on:

  • Systems Thinking
  • Scenario Planning
  • Structured Argumentation
  • Red Teaming
  • Assumption based Planning
  • Network Analysis

Professional Development Workshop organized in collaboration with Engineers Canada
 
This one day introductory workshop will provide participants with information about, and practice with, a practical tool and process that systematically assesses the risks of current and future climate on public infrastructure, with a focus on water infrastructure.

This one day introductory workshop will provide participants with information about, and practice with, a practical tool and process that systematically assesses the risks of current and future climate on public infrastructure, with a focus on water infrastructure.

Between 2007 and 2012, Engineers Canada, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, developed the PIEVC Engineering Protocol. The Protocol is a structured procedure using standard risk assessment science to assess and fully document the vulnerability of infrastructure to the impacts of current and future climate at a screening level. It has been used to assess over 40 infrastructures across Canada.
 
Two facilitated group sessions will demonstrate the steps in the Protocol through hands-on, small group exercises to define the infrastructure components and climate parameters and to undertake a qualitative, screening- level risk assessment using completed case studies of building and water infrastructure to illustrate real life applications.
 
The Protocol has been applied to the design of new infrastructure as well as for existing infrastructure in need of rehabilitation or retrofitting. It will also be of relevance to planners, managers and operators to improve their understanding of the impacts and risks that public infrastructure, and specifically buildings, face with current climate e.g. extreme weather events and future climate.

Copies of presentation materials will be provided.

This workshop will be of interest to those professionals who are involved in policy, planning, pre-design, design, operation, maintenance, management and regulation of water, storm water and wastewater infrastructure and who, now and in the future, need to consider the changing climate for these services.

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