Resilience TAG Program


Strengthen Resiliency Efforts with Next Generation Training & Technology Solutions

Focused on the resilience topics of emergency preparedness/response, cybersecurity, asset management and infrastructure, this three-part series is your opportunity to review cultivated solutions through live demonstrations and networking with top technology providers.

This program is designed to facilitate compliance with provisions of America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA). Participants who complete the three-part series will also receive the AWWA Risk & Resilience Certificate.

TAG Postponed

We received great interest from water utilities across North America to participate in the Resilience TAG program. In being sensitive to these unprecedented times and continued uncertainty around SARS-CoV-2, AWWA and Isle Utilities have made the difficult decision to postpone the Resilience TAG program as originally scheduled. We remain committed to the topic of Resilience and the focus on peer-to-peer collaboration on the critical topics identified and expect to regroup with an adapted approach that best meets our utility partners needs in this new normal. 

We invite utility personnel to submit an expression of interest to be notified once the program resumes. There will be an option to indicate your interest in being part of an end-user focused workgroup to influence how the program will be focused on going forward. 

Technology providers with an applicable solution are invited to submit your expression of interest here, we will keep you informed as opportunities arise in the future. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to cristina.ahmadpour@isleutilities.com
 


About Isle Utilities

Isle is a leading global consultancy specialized in technology and innovative best practices with a mission to accelerate innovation in the water sector. Isle does this by supporting end users to identify, evaluate and implement emerging technologies and by establishing collaborative forums for knowledge exchange between peers. AWWA is partnering with Isle to deliver tools, best practices, and presentations of these technology solutions to our audience. To learn more about Isle, visit: www.isleutilities.com

About TAG

TAG is a technology and innovation forum for water utilities, where leaders in engineering, operations, and research get together to review the industry’s latest emerging solutions that have been independently vetted and curated their specific priorities.

*In the event this program cannot be held in-person, we will be switching to a virtual platform around this same date.

Program Description

Future TAG programs may potentially include the following topics.

Risk & Resilience Certificate Program

The Risk & Resilience Certificate Program portion of each workshop provides a foundation for supporting water utilities in the development of an all-hazards approach to risk and resilience management.  The certificate program is based on several AWWA standards and associated resources (G430, G440, J100, and Cybersecurity Guidance) that facilitate compliance with provisions of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA), including the completion of a risk and resilience assessment and emergency response plan. Participants who attend each of the three-part series will receive the AWWA Risk & Resilience Certificate. 

Resilience Technology Workshops 

The technology component of the Resilience TAG program features novel solutions that have been independently vetted and curated to the theme of each meeting. Selected solution providers will present a technical summary, demonstration where applicable, and highlight the business case for their solution.
The combined training, peer exchange, and introduction to innovative solutions will give attendees a pragmatic foundation on which to strengthen resilience efforts at their organizations as well as complement AWIA compliance plans.

Workshop 1: “All-Hazards Emergency Response”

WORKSHOP THEMES
This course equips water and wastewater utilities to apply these standards along with industry best practice to develop an emergency preparedness program and Emergency Response Plan (ERP) which will improve resiliency, reduce risk and comply with AWIA's emergency plan requirement. Upon completion, participants should be able to manage the development of their organization's ERP or effectively coordinate ERP development work by an outside party. 

Technology Focus:

  • Emergency Response & Management
  • Incident Response & Management


Workshop 2: “Cybersecurity”

WORKSHOP THEMES
After an introduction defining the AWIA requirements for community water systems and identifying standards and resources designed to improve resilience and manage risks, this workshop will focus on cybersecurity, with a focus on identifying and mitigating risks, and implementing and maintaining best practices in an increasingly digitized water sector environment.  This session will provide the knowledge and skills needed to recognize gaps in cybersecurity coverage, help a utility take action to manage cybersecurity risks, and use the AWWA Water Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management tool.   

Technology Focus:

  • Real time monitoring solutions (water quality, energy, treatment operations)
  • Dashboarding and data integration 


Workshop 3: “Risk & Resilience Management”

WORKSHOP THEMES
This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the J100 Standard for Risk and Resilience Management of Water and Wastewater Systems and other resources used to improve utility resilience.  Participants will learn about completing a risk and resilience assessment, following the framework provided in J100, along with the expected outcomes and how they may be applied to lower risk, enhance resilience and support AWIA requirements.  Attention is given to identifying critical assets, selecting appropriate threats and hazards, developing a manageable list of Threat – Asset Pairs, and calculating consequence, vulnerability, and threat likelihood to develop risk values.  Participants will learn how to develop a phased implementation plan that prioritizes risk mitigation activities and balances their implementation with budgetary constraints - with a look ahead to longer-term planning and strategic asset management strategies to support AWIA’s 5-year submission cycle.

Technology Focus:

  • Likelihood of failure (LOF) and consequence of failure (COF) driven solutions
  • Short-term/longer-term step-change infrastructure solutions for system/operational resilience

 

Technology Solutions For Presentation

Technology providers offering compelling and innovative solutions in the space of all-hazards emergency preparedness, cyber security, and risk & resilience management including asset management and green infrastructure, are invited to submit a summary for presentation at our program. 

Technology providers with an applicable solution are invited to submit your expression of interest here, we will keep you informed as opportunities arise in the future. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to cristina.ahmadpour@isleutilities.com
 

Suggested Topics Include:

All- Hazards Emergency Response

  • Emergency Response & Management
  • Incident Response & Management

Cybersecurity

  • Real time monitoring solutions (water quality, energy, treatment operations)
  • Dashboarding and data integration 

Risk & Resilience Management

  • Likelihood of failure (LOF) and consequence of failure (COF) driven solutions
  • Short-term/longer-term step-change infrastructure solutions for system/operational resilience
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For questions regarding registration, lodging or general conference questions, please contact the Conferences and Events Group.

 

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