WDSA History Project


ASCE/EWRI Water Distribution Systems

Analysis History Project

YouTube interviews with over 50 WDSA specialists

As knowledge relating to the design, operation and management of water distributions systems continues to grow, LEAKSSuite users may be interested to find out more about the background, experience and motivation of some of the people who have made significant contributions to this topic over the last 40 years or so. In the UK, distribution then used to be referred to as the ‘Cinderella’ of the various functions of a Water Utility, but now it is front and centre of the modern management of finite water resources for rising populations.

The Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), one of eight technical institutes within the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) group, is responsible for environmental and water-related issues within ASCE. The Water Distribution Systems Analysis (WDSA) Committee, which provides coordination for all activities within EWRI related to the field of water distribution systems analysis, is currently sponsoring a WDSA History Project, to document the history of this field. A key part of this project is the compilation of video interviews with some of the international engineers, modellers, researchers and practitioners who have made significant contributions to the development of WDSA.

A YouTube Channel is the repository for these interviews (currently over 50 in number) and other video documents from this field. The originator of the LEAKSSuite website, Allan Lambert, was recently honoured to be invited to record a video interview for this initiative. LEAKSSuite users interested in pressure:leak flow rate relationships based on FAVAD concepts are particularly recommended to view Professor Kobus van Zyl’s interview.

There are of course interesting insights to be gained from dipping in to the complete set of interviews, particularly for younger people with interest, or potential interest, in Water Distribution Systems management as an aspect of their future careers – the motivation and interest of the interviewees in continuing to drive this subject forward is obvious.

Find the time and take a look for yourself. You won’t find some of this stuff in published books or papers!

4th October 2017

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