Manila water head to keynote 2010 Asia Pacific Water

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Robert Baffrey, head of Wastewater Operations for Manila Water, Philippines, will be the final keynote speaker for the 2010 Asia Pacific Water and Sewer Systems Modeling Conference on 21st to 22nd April 2010, at Q1, the world's tallest residential tower, on Australia's Gold Coast.

Mr. Baffrey heads the largest and most successful wastewater service provider in the Philippines, responsible for the provision of wastewater services in the East Zone of Metro Manila. He is involved in the planning of USD1 billion in infrastructure assets, including both treatment facilities and sewer networks, and oversees the operations of 32 wastewater treatment plants.

The theme of this year's Asia Pacific Water conference is 'Maximise efficiency, reduce costs and minimise environmental impact through technology.' During the two days of content-rich gatherings, participants will learn how to gain a competitive edge in this difficult economy by designing, operating and managing better and more cost-effective systems, protecting the environment, and safeguarding public health.

The conference will feature unique technical presentations showcasing projects from throughout the region as well as keynote addresses from industry leaders, including Dr. Paul F. Boulos, president and COO, MWH Soft, USA; Dato' Ir Ahmad Husaini Sulaiman, director general, Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Malaysia; Stewart Sargent, services development engineer, Marlborough District Council, New Zealand; and Guillermo Capati, Infrastructure planning manager, Gold Coast Water, Australia. Keynote presenters will include Dr. Helen Edmonds, principal water planner, Watercare Services Limited, New Zealand; James Moffatt, systems modelling manager, LinkWater, Australia; and Simon Pearce Higgins manager network strategy and Investigations, Melbourne Water, Australia.

Other highlights include a look at twenty-nine real-world situations, personally presented by experts from utilities and engineering consulting firms. Participants will learn about the sustainable management of water and wastewater networks; sophisticated water quality modeling; water hammer, unidirectional flushing and desalination modeling; integrated urban drainage planning; nutrient and hydrogen sulfide modeling in sewers; advanced river and flood modeling; protecting investments through improved asset management; how to design more efficient pressure sewer systems; and the effective management of sewer collection systems.

An interactive forum will provide useful industry insights and an opportunity to share cutting-edge information, proven strategies, cost-effective solutions and best practices with water and wastewater industry movers and shakers. The forum will also allow water and wastewater professionals to explore new ways of using engineering GIS technology and advanced hydraulic modeling, asset management and information management applications. Attendees will learn how they can leverage these tools to do their jobs better, easier, faster and more efficiently, maximising their return on software investments and helping their organisations become more globally competitive. Participants will also earn valuable Continued Professional Development (CPD) hours.

The agenda also includes business implementation and management issues, technology updates, industry solutions presentations, and social and networking events. 'This fun and educational event gives our users a wonderful setting for exploring water and wastewater infrastructure engineering and management and sharing best practices to help solve everyday challenges and problems,' said Boulos. 'Attendees can carry this valuable learning experience back to their organizations, opening new avenues for increasing productivity and performance, enhancing project quality, maximizing return on their software investments, gaining a competitive edge on the future, advancing their careers, and improving the quality of life in their communities.'

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