1st International WDSA/CCWI Joint Conference



The International Water System Distribution Analysis (WDSA)/ Computing and Control for the Water Industry conference brought together professionals and researchers from around the world to solve problems in the field of urban water systems, modelling, and control. It was jointly hosted by Queen's University and the Royal Military College through Co-chairs Dr. Yves Filion and Dr. Mike Hulley. The joint conference tackled themes in water distribution analysis and modelling covered by the Water Distribution Systems Analysis (WDSA) series of conferences as well as themes in water systems modelling and control covered by the Computing and Control in the Water Industry (CCWI) series of conferences.




The main goals were to:

1) Provide practitioners and researchers with opportunities to discuss and disseminate ideas on modelling and control of urban water systems

2) Examine the current state-of-the-art in modelling and control of urban water systems that is applicable to the water industry

3) Provide a forum for practitioners and researchers to establish and pursue collaborations on worthwhile projects that are of value to the water industry

The conference covered the following general themes:


  • SMART water systems
  • Water engineering solutions for smart, livable and sustainable cities
  • Integral approaches and sustainable urban water cycle problems
  • Asset management and performance modelling
  • Demand forecasting, leakage and energy management
  • Real time monitoring, modelling, prediction control, SCADA, GIS and data management issues
  • Climate change and urban water management, water supply and water scarcity
  • Storm water control in urban and industrialized areas including blue-green solutions
  • Water and wastewater treatment modelling, optimization and control
  • Wastewater and storm water quality modelling, including sediment and pollutant transport
  • Advances in sensors, instrumentation and communications technologies
  • Big data techniques and analysis
  • Security, reliability and resilience
  • Practical applications including laboratory, modelling, case studies, demonstration projects


  • Water and wastewater issues and advances in the Arctic and cold climate regions
  • Field work: case studies and practical applications
  • Educational and research transfer tools
  • Water distribution network modelling
  • Water distribution networks as complex systems
  • Water distribution network optimization: planning, design, rehabilitation and expansion
  • Leakage and energy management in water distribution networks
  • Smart water distribution networks (metering, assessment, forecasting and operations)
  • Transient analysis in water distribution networks
  • Water security in water distribution networks
  • Drinking water quality and treatment issues (biofilm, discoloration and contaminant intrusion)
  • Water distribution network operation and maintenance
  • Benchmarking in water distribution networks
  • The future of EPANET2 and SWMM5.0
  • Future of water distribution system research
  • Emerging technologies in water distribution systems practice


Student conference staff take a break at the Aqualibrium Competition venue at the 1st International WDSA/CCWI Joint Conference 2018 hosted at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.



Conference delegates in the BioSciences Atrium at Queen’s University


Delegates take part in the short course on open source coding for the EPANET Project.