RPS – Finalist in three categories for WWT’S Water Industry Awards 2020

18 Mar 2020

RPS is delighted to announce that we are finalists in three categories at this year’s WWT Water Industry Awards.

These awards celebrate and reward outstanding achievement and innovation across the UK water industry. Winners will be announced on May 20.


“I’m exceptionally proud of our team’s achievement, so far. For RPS, pragmatic solutions are what we strive to deliver every day for our clients and their projects – being recognised for our contribution at these awards tells me that we are delivering our promise of making complex easy.” Steve Hogg, Water Consultancy Director, Services RPS.

Our nominations include:

Data project of the year, Daniel Bourne – Flowbot

Spreadsheets used to manage repetitive data analysis tasks takes time. This inefficiency results in less time for engineers to work with their clients to support informed decision making on their projects.

RPS was about to embark on a project that needed to install and assess 3,568 monitors and 801 rain gauges across 143 catchments as part of the Anglian Water Integrated Urban Drainage Framework - we were highly motivated to find a more efficient, digital solution to this data challenge – to save time and our sanity! FlowBot was the result.

FlowBot is an RPS software solution that optimises data visualisation, analysis and machine learning methods. Designed to help us understand monitoring equipment performance in a user-friendly environment it delivers 80%-time savings.

You can download the full paper here

Water innovation project of the year – RPS and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water - Frontier Leakage Optimisation

Frontier Leakage Optimisation (FLO) was developed by RPS as part of a collaborative project with 6 Water Companies. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) were the first to develop a full company-specific model for the purpose of their PR19 business planning.

The FLO model was built around new leakage intervention options that were being trialled and/or considered by DCWW ahead of AMP7. FLO examines leakage maintenance and reduction options to achieve frontier targets at least cost – it was initially developed to overcome the limitations of previous Sustainable Economic Level of Leakage (SELL) assessments used in Water Resource Management Plans (WRMP).

RPS and DCWW are currently ahead of the game with a fully integrated frontier leakage economic model and delivery plan in place ahead of AMP7. The attention to detail that was considered within the policy development, and the maturity of the economic model is industry leading.

You can download the full paper here

Rising star of the year – Daryl Buchanan

Darryl joined RPS as a Graduate Engineer in January 2019 and within a month had enrolled himself in our staff integration programme. Designed to facilitate an understanding of the different parts of our water business, Darryl currently divides his time between mains cleaning projects, delivery support and trialling a dechlorination unit for mains water flushing.

Darryl is exceeding our expectations – he’s proactive, flexible and extremely dedicated. He’s a proven asset and an excellent example to others. If his first year is anything to go by, Daryl has a bright future and we look forward to being a part of this.

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