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08/01/13 Meter Symposium (Countryside, IL) IEPA#6794
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08/01/13 Meter Symposium (Countryside, IL) IEPA#6794

When: Thursday, August 1, 2013
Registration begins at 7:30 am
Where: Park Place, Operator Engineer Local Hall
6200 Joliet Road
Countryside, Illinois  60525
United States
Contact: Lisa Hoffhines

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To reserve an exhibit booth, click above "register for this event". You will have an option to select "exhibitor" . Exhibit booths are $100.00 for members and includes one booth personnel that can attend the sessions. Additional booth personnel is $50.00 for members. Attendee pricing is $50.00 for members.

Meter Symposium


Visit the exhibits from 7:30 to 8:30 am
Technical Sessions begin at 8:30 am

  • New Utility Metering Technologies: Considerations and Proper Selection (Steve Dauster, Midwest Meter, Inc.)*
    Recent developments in utility metering promote the use of electronic metering technologies to improve billing accuracy, customer service, and utility decision making. These products have the ability to provide today's water utility with excellent long-term meter accuracy, improved connectivity with a variety of automatic meter reading systems, and enhanced data capture. This presentation will focus on these new offerings, contrasting many of these technologies with their mechanical counterparts and offering practical suggestions for utility meter management.

  • New Trends in Metering Technologies: From Software to Static Metering, Harnessing the Power of Analytics (Jacob Jasperson, Badger Meter)*
    New trends in automated metering technologies have caused utilities to focus more on analytics and data analysis. This presentation will discuss changes in utility operations that stem from Advanced Metering Analytics, or AMA, as well as new metering technologies like ultrasonic large meters and residential static meters. The presentation will address exactly what AMA is, how it is useful for utilities, what challenges utilities face with it, and how to implement it successfully.

  • Making a Business Case for AMR/AMI (Mike Pedone, Water Resources, Inc.)*
    Municipal utilities are under constant financial and economic pressure in today's water industry. This can make the justification for large-dollar capital projects for new AMR/AMI systems a difficult undertaking. This presentation focuses on the drivers for AMR/AMI systems, and is designed to aid municipal utilities in financial and other types of justification in making a new system investment. There is focus on not only the financial justification of making an AMR/AMI system investment, but also gains that municipal utilities may make in operational areas like labor efficiencies, improved customer service, enhanced public relations and many more.

  • Water 20/20 – Bringing Smart Water Networks Into Focus (Dave Wiegers, Sensus USA)
    Water is both challenging to manage and increasingly precious. Within the next decade, approximately 1.8 billion people worldwide will be living in areas of absolute water scarcity1. As a finite resource, access is at risk from a growing population and an increase in need that will continue to put pressure on infrastructure requirements, particularly in cities. The water industry is aware of the issues it faces including environmental impacts, an aging infrastructure and increases in energy prices. Globally, utilities are spending nearly $184 billion each year related to the supply of clean water $14 billion of which is spent on energy costs just to pump water around the current networks. Water not only feeds bodies, it also feeds countries. Given the link between gross domestic product (GDP) and the availability of drinking water, this vital resource is both a source of life and livelihood. The human, environmental and financial stakes couldn't be higher.

  • Value and Benefits of Fixed Based Network AMI Systems For Water Utilities (Todd Bridge, Aclara Technologies)*

    • General Benefits of Fixed Base AMI technology to all facets of a utility
    • Infrastructure requirements and redundancy
    • Data Collector installation and mounting options
    • Transmitter mounting requirements
    • RF frequencies
    • Leak detection thru the Fixed Base AMI network

  • Water Loss Control Via Large Meter Testing (John Van Arsdel, ME Simpson Co., Inc.) *

    For those who think water loss rates of 15% or 20 % are acceptable, perhaps you would be willing to give up 15% or 20% of your yearly personal earnings. Of course, it is assumed that nobody is willing to tolerate this type of loss. It would then make sense that reducing and controlling these water losses is an essential function of the economics of managing a water system. Controlling water losses means gaining control over the Real Losses (leakage) and Apparent Losses (metering inaccuracies). This paper will examine how water utilities can gain control over Apparent Losses in the water system by employing a Large Meter testing and evaluation program. A Large Meter testing program can have a dramatic effect on the financial revenue generated by the utility by identifying meters that not only may be in mechanical disrepair, but also may be the wrong application of the meter for a particular customer. A few cases will be discussed showing the cost benefits of performing large meter evaluations, testing and repair. Frequency of testing will be discussed as well as the differences of testing methods needed to be employed so that the utility can optimize the use of this revenue enhancement tool.

  • City of Chicago Meters ( Andrea Putz & Irene Caminer,  City of Chicago Water )

Table top exhibits are available for $100.00 per display for Illinois Section AWWA members and $125.00 per display for non members. This includes 1 exhibit personnel; Additional personnel can be registered at the regular attendee rates.

Exhibitor setup begins at 7:00am. Participants will be able to visit table top exhibits prior to the seminar from 7:30am to 8:30am, during morning break and lunch. Electricity will not be available. Limited spots available.

Registration begins at 7:30am, attendees will be able to visit exhibit booths at this time. The training will start at 8:30am and will conclude by 3:30pm. Earn up to 5 PDHs or RTC hours. Continental breakfast and lunch will be included.

Registration (ends 7-30-13): $50.00 Illinois Section AWWA Members • $75.00 for non members
Onsite Registration: $70.00 Illinois Section AWWA Members • $95.00 for non members


$100.00 for Illinois Section AWWA member Exhibitor • $125.00 for non members Exhibitor


Exhibitor List: Limited spots available

  1. Illinois Section AWWA Membership Committee
  2. Midwest Meter, Inc
  3. ME Simpson Company
  4. Aclara
  5. Sensus USA
  6. Metrics-AMI Consulting Group, Inc.
  7. Speedread Technologies
  8. Control Plus, Inc
  9. ADS Environmental
  10. Water Resources Inc


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