The American Water Works Association (AWWA) held their Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE 17) at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA last week from June 11-14. Professionals from spanning the water industry were in attendance, including public water, wastewater, researchers, academics, and water advocates from across the US and the globe. With professionals from every water industry in attendance, AWWA ACE was a great opportunity to share industry best practices, learn from peers, and find the latest solutions to water works challenges. Aquabotix exhibited in booth #715 and brought several underwater inspection technologies to demonstrate, including the Endura 100 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and the AquaLens Connect, both designed for use in potable water tank and reservoir inspections.
The week kicked off on Monday June 12 with an opening video and general session where attendees heard the inside stories and experiences from three AWWA panelists who lead some of North America’s most progressive water utility companies. At 10 AM the exhibit hall grand opening drew tens of thousands of professionals into a maze of nearly 500 exhibitor booths where attendees got to see the latest innovations in water works products, software, and services. At noon AWWA hosted a women’s networking lunch; and the remainder of the day was filled with a wide range of committee meetings, professional development sessions, and workshops.
Day two was Field Operators’ Day, with 54 professional sessions tailored to operators who work hard every day to ensure America has access to clean drinking water and sewer services. Some of the men and women field operators in attendance trained and qualified to compete in a number of water works challenge contests, including the ever-popular (and very enthusiastic) pipe tapping contest.
Day three was Small Utilities Day, with 38 sessions devoted to small utility organizations, many of whom could only attend for the day. Wednesday also featured the final round of the AWWA Contests, and a wrap party celebrating a great week and a look forward to ACE 2018 which will be held in Vegas and starts on a Tuesday instead of a Monday. Photos of the event can be viewed here: https://luster.cc/gallery/awwa-annual-cconference-exposition/
AWWA ACE 2017 also marked the launch of Live Remote Viewing for Aquabotix. Tank and Reservoir inspectors now have the ability to live stream a remote video feed from any Endura or Aqualens Connect, allowing inspectors to give a remote viewing option to the municipalities they are serving. To our knowledge, this is a first for inspection class ROVs in the tank inspection industry, and marks one of many great announcements coming out of ACE 2017.
For those in the water industry, AWWA ACE is a must-attend event. The sheer size of the conference ensures there is a session, a speaker, an exhibitor, or a product that you will connect with and learn from. The future of water works is being shaped by ACE, and we were happy to be a part of the experience. We believe that with the right tools, water tank and reservoir inspections can become a more frequent and less expensive activity. Click here to learn more about the Endura 100 for Tank Inspections.