G-STIC 2017: Connecting Technological Innovation to Decision Making for Sustainability

Smart Water Solutions
From data to digital water: the water system innovation
Two Days of Interactive Sessions @ G-STIC 2017

The recent digital revolution is making a huge potential available to manage our water more efficient and ‘smart’. Newly emerging digital paradigms for data retrieval, analysis and storage create the ability to share and exchange data at various scales: local/urban, regional and river basin. Data-driven and process-based models can offer precise monitoring, forecasting and visualization capabilities, all of which are key to support far-reaching water system innovations.

In the session on Smart Water Services, we focus on how digital water is transforming the utility of tomorrow. The keynote will give an insight on smart solutions for utility efficiency and optimization. A number of cases will then explore how new data management is further stretching a utilities’ horizon. Examples include utility data management as service hosted ‘in the cloud’, water savings on-line trading, water service inventories and data management through new on-line data platforms and innovative customer relations using data and social media. Cases will be presented from Kenya, United States and Portugal.

The second session on Intelligent Water Resource Management will explore how data and information is revolutionizing the management of large water resources systems. The keynote will provide an overview of the latest development of remote sensing, data management and modelling of large scale freshwater systems. Subsequent case studies will show how latest modelling techniques help to manage urban flooding or support stakeholder engagement in safeguarding water quality and quantity. Cases will be presented from Singapore, Denmark and the United States.

In a joint session with the ICT-theme of G-STIC, a panel of ICT companies will give their view on ICT solutions and digital inclusion. Smart solutions will be discussed in a wider sustainable development context with a testimony of the implementation of the digital society in Qatar, the digital water agenda of the European water sector and the three sensor approach for water and climate.

In the fourth interactive session, participants will jointly co-create a position paper on Smart Water Solutions guided by a panel of experts and stakeholders. 

G-STIC 2017 offers a unique chance for high-level interaction with industry representatives, researchers, socio-economic actors and policy-makers. The sessions will include contributions from renowned speakers such as:
Will Maize, Bluefield research
Mbaruku Vyakweli, Nairobi Water
James Workman, Aquashares
Sergio Coelho, BF software & LNEC
Hessel Winsemius, Deltares
Peter Bauer-Gottwein, Danish Technological University
Vladan Babovic, National University Singapore
Peter Goodwin, Center for Ecohydraulics Research, Idaho EPSCoR/IDeA
Mrs Reem Al-Mansoori, Undersecretary Digital Society Sector Dev., Ministry of Transport & Communication, Qatar
Uta Wehn, IHE Delft 
Urban design and sustainable building
Pathways for sustainable cities of the future
In the era of rapidly urbanizing world, the role of built environment is crucial to ascertain global sustainability. Better urban design must strive for resource-efficient built environment. Sustainable building is a key requirement for urban system that can reduce resource pressures upstream. Well-designed buildings with state-of art technologies open up grand opportunities for ensuring sustainability. Energy implications, in particular, is key while considering sustainable buildings. Sustainable buildings can ‘avoid’ energy consumption through better design considerations. Additionally, numerous technologies and measures play an important role in the operational phase of the buildings to enhance energy efficiency. Building energy efficiency is often considered as low-hanging fruit but potentials are not yet harnessed because of systemic, institutional, policy, societal and other challenges.

The Sustainable Building sessions at the G-STIC 2017 focus on sustainable building design and operation with energy efficiency in consideration. Better design experiences, application of technologies to bridge the ‘energy efficiency gaps’, the barriers and lessons from innovative policies to promote sustainable building are the key topics covered in these sessions. These sessions will be deliberated by experts, policy makers, private sector and the practitioner showcasing the experiences from the global north and south addressing the questions such as:
What are our real-life experiences on sustainable building design?
Do we have recipe of design solutions at different settings?
What is the role of specific technologies for low energy buildings? Which ones are crucial?
How emerging new technologies assist us towards better energy efficiency in buildings?
What are the challenges to upscale the successful practices and technological solutions? What it takes for the good experiences to be transferred?
Have policies worked for promoting sustainable buildings? What are the key lessons from policies and regulations, especially the Building Codes (and others) for promoting sustainable buildings? 
What are the key outstanding barriers for technologies, policies, institutional, societal and other issues? 
What should be the blue-print for technological pathways for sustainable buildings in immediate future, and how to enable it?

Rendezvous in Brussels, 23-25 October
Providing ample opportunity to interact with industry delegates, technology researchers, socio-economic actors and policy makers, G-STIC 2017 is the place to get to the forefront of technological solutions for sustainability.



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