Making the leap to InfoWorks WS PRO?

infoworks_icm_se_screennshot2_LInnovyze, one of the market leading modelling software vendors in the UK, launched its latest offering InfoWorks PRO back in 2017.  The InfoWorks PRO product sees a significant platform change, which moves the database structures and software architecture forward, aligning it with their world renowned ICM software product.

The old InfoWorks WS product is being retired in December 2018, and water companies who wish to continue to use the product need to move to PRO.

HydroCo offer a wide range of bespoke training courses for our clients, and the switch to PRO has led for a demand in conversion training.  As an independent consultant, we are able to offer training courses that explore the limits of the new platform, with courses tailored to your individual needs.

To find out more about the training courses we offer, or if you would like to discuss your requirements further, please click here.

Careers – Trainee Water Engineer

Release your potential, with a career in the water industry

If you are interested in a career in the Water Industry, HydroCo offer fantastic opportunities for enthusiastic individuals, who are highly motivated and have an appetite for learning. We are a well established water engineering consultancy company, who have enjoyed steady growth within our sector, and can offer rewarding roles for the right characters. Our exemplary reputation for delivering projects to a high standard is the envy of our competitors, and something we strive to instil within all our new recruits.

Job Description – Trainee Water Engineer

HydroCo Ltd was set up in 2001 to provide the water industry with high quality technical support in the management, planning and optimisation of water supply and distribution systems, with a particular focus on network modelling and its wider application.

Due to the growing workload, we seek to recruit a Trainee Water Engineer to support our project teams. We are looking for an enthusiastic staff member, primarily based at our prestigious waterfront offices in Hayling Island. The position would suit someone looking to start a career in the water industry

The work will be divided between office and field based activities, depending on the current project work load.

The field activities will include installing data logging equipment on hydrants and visiting pumping stations and reservoirs to log pressures and reservoir depths. You will be required to work with another person to help navigate and install / retrieve the loggers. We will provide all the necessary training and equipment to do this. Preferably you will have a full clean driving licence as your duties may include driving company vehicles. Our clients are UK wide and there may be a need to travel and stay away, if appropriate.

The office based activities will include maintaining our field equipment stock and supporting our engineers in producing computer based hydraulic models of water supply and distribution systems. Typically this will involve data processing of the field data and generating the base models using GIS. As such, an attention to detail and a sound knowledge of computers is required.

Full training will be given and no previous experience is necessary, although a basic understanding of hydraulics and an engineering based qualification would be an advantage. Ideally you will be a Graduate with an HND / BEng / MEng or equivalent qualifications, although applicants with lesser qualifications may be considered.

In return we will reward you with a competitive salary, pension scheme and a rare opportunity to quickly develop a rewarding technical career with advancement and responsibility in the company limited only by your own abilities.

To apply for this position (reference HYDTWE4) please send your full CV with a covering letter to jobapplication@hydroco.co.uk

Salary GBP 18000 – 24000 Annual Salary
Job Type Permanent
Job Status Full Time

Careers – Hydraulic Modeller

Release your potential, with a career in the water industry

If you are interested in a career in the Water Industry, HydroCo offer fantastic opportunities for enthusiastic individuals, who are highly motivated and have an appetite for learning. We are a well established water engineering consultancy company, who have enjoyed steady growth within our sector, and can offer rewarding roles for the right characters. Our exemplary reputation for delivering projects to a high standard is the envy of our competitors, and something we strive to instil within all our new recruits.

Job Description – Hydraulic Modeller

Company Details

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a progressive expanding company. HydroCo Ltd is seeking to recruit a Clean Water Hydraulic Modeller to support their project teams primarily at their water front offices in Hayling Island, Hampshire.
HydroCo Ltd was set up in 2001 to provide the water industry with high quality technical support in the management, planning and optimisation of water supply and distribution systems, with a particular focus on network modelling and its wider application.
We are looking for a candidate that is motivated, competent and is an analytical person, who has at least two years’ experience within the water industry. You should have a working knowledge of clean water networks and modelling software packages and be familiar with current industry best practice.

Working within a team of engineers and reporting to a Senior Engineer, it is essential that you are a team player that works well on your own initiative and possess strong communication skills.

Qualifications

Degree, or equivalent, in an engineering, scientific or related discipline

Qualifications

You should be familiar with:
• Water network modelling software such as, InfoWorks WS/Pro, SynerGi, EPAnet and STRUMAP.
• Model construction, validation and calibration
• Using hydraulic models to assess network performance.
• Planning and delivering major field tests.

Responsibilities

Your duties will include:
• Delivery of projects both individually and as part of a team.
• Managing junior staff
• Constructing, calibrating and field testing network models for various companies throughout the UK
• Technical report writing
• Using models for Developer Enquiries / resolving Operational issues etc.

Personal skills

You should Possess:
• Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
• Positive outlook and approachable manner.
• Be able to demonstrate initiative and able to work independently
• Team oriented with the ability to work closely with colleagues
• Flexible in terms of travel
• Ability to complete projects on time, within budget and to a high technical standard.
• Possess a full clean UK driving licence

Benefits
In return for the above you wil
l receive:
• Competitive salary
• Pension scheme.
• Company Bonus
• Up to 25 days paid holiday plus 8 statutory days holiday.
• Excellent opportunities for development and progression within the company.
• Free on-site car parking.
• Cycle to work scheme.
• Supportive working environment

To apply for the Clean water Hydraulic Modeller position (reference HYDCWM01) please send your full CV with a covering letter to jobapplication@hydroco.co.uk

PR19 – Are you ready?

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Price Review 2019 (PR19) is the process that the water regulator Ofwat uses to set consumer water bills for the next Asset Management Plan (AMP) period. Water Companies from across the UK submit detailed proposals to Ofwat, outlining their investment strategy in the next AMP, in order to to achieve proposed levels of service targets, and ultimately how they intend to meet the expectations of customer, regulator and shareholder. As you can imagine, this is a complex process which requires a significant amount of data, planning and foresight by each water company. HydroCo have been supporting their clients through this challenging process during the last 3 price reviews, putting modelling outputs at the heart of steering investment strategies, predicting future asset performance, resource management and growth from one AMP to the next.

As the current Asset Management Plan (AMP6) draws to a close, water companies are already looking ahead to the next AMP period. Ofwat has proposed a raft of improved levels of service measures, which will be implemented in AMP7, including a reduction in both planned and non-planned supply interruption times. The performance measure set by the regulator is due to change from 12 minutes, to just 3 minutes, which will see a significant step change in the way water companies address interruptions to supply.

Many water companies are proactively preparing for the forthcoming new legislation, and looking at ways of meeting the new supply interruption target. A key tool in the ability to meet this target will be improved real time pressure monitoring, which could be used as an early alarm mechanism to warn of an impending issue in the system, but also as a means of analysing and reporting on events following an incident. The cost of implementing such a system is significant, not only investing in the new tapping locations and pressure logging devices, but expanding and improving the telemetry system to cope with the increase in data traffic. For the system to be most beneficial, loggers will be required to log and transmit data in real-time, with alarms configured to trigger at key set-points to alert control room operatives. Installing these logging devices at the optimum locations in the system in order to alert and monitor the entire network is highly critical. There will be budgetary limitations on the number of monitoring locations, so choosing the right locations to maximise the investment is a key part of the process. Network models offer the perfect tool to optimise these locations, with the ability to assess the performance of entire water networks, select optimal locations to maximise supply interruption coverage and advise on suitable alarm levels under all demand scenarios.

Whilst real time pressure monitoring offers operations departments a means of achieving the tough supply interruption targets, there are also opportunities for asset management teams to play their part. Risk & Impact modelling and critical link analysis provides the means of measuring both the risk of a mains failure occurring, and the impact the that failure would inflict on customers. Improvements in the way water companies record mains failures, allow models to be used to assess burst frequency against other key risk factors, and balanced against the impact performance measures, like number of customers downstream suffering DG2 & DG3 type failures short term, and the ability long term to rezone those affected customers.

HydroCo Move to New Premises – Langstone Technology Park

langstone-technology-park-facilitiesThe HydroCo team are moving offices in late September 2018. It is time to bid farewell to our offices in Northney Marina, as the owners wish to redevelop the site for a housing project. Our new office will be based less than a mile up the road, in Langstone Technology Park, which offers some fantastic onsite facilities and improved transport links to the A27.

Our new address is:

HydroCo Ltd.
Langstone Technology Park, Langstone Road
Havant, Hampshire
PO9 1SA