Annual Conference & Exposition

INNOVATING THE FUTURE OF WATER

June 11-14 | Exposition: June 12-14 | MANDALAY BAY CONVENTION CENTER| LAS VEGAS | USA


EXHIBIT HALL NETWORKING

RESOURCES

NETWORKING EVENTS EDUCATION
STUDENTS & YP'S
COMPETITIONS

 

RESOURCES

AWWA PAVILION
Booth #11104
Looking for the perfect spot to connect with colleagues, find answers, share solutions, and take a load off? Stop by the AWWA Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall. Network, relax, and learn about AWWA’s many resources and how you can get involved to shape how water works.

AWWA PUBLISHING AND EDUCATION & MERCHANDISE
Booth #11104
Looking for the latest industry research, best practices, and guidance for smoother and more efficient utility operations? Visit the AWWA Bookstore to see new books, meet authors, and purchase “No Water, No…” merchandise. 

INTERNATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER
Booth #30011
Welcome international attendees! We encourage you to visit the International Resource Center and take advantage of the many resources available to you, including an international attendee lounge, and the list of ACE attendees sorted by country. Staff and volunteers will also be available to answer your questions about the professional program, technical tours, local areas of interest, and all the activities at the conference.

NETWORKING EVENTS

EXPO CAFÉ
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Booth #8098
The Expo Café offers a convenient opportunity to gather with your friends, peers, and clients for quality networking during lunch time. As an added bonus, full-conference attendees receive two vouchers attached to your badge valid for "Daily Value Meals" inside the Expo Cafe – these may be redeemed Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday (your choice). For those without vouchers, Daily Value Meals may be purchased for $15. 

WATER BUFFALO POKER RUN
Booth #15114
Visit the Buffalos in the ACE17 Exhibit Hall at Booth #15114 to find out how you can win!

GRAND OPENING
Tuesday | 10:00 a.m. - noon
Welcome to the 2018 Exposition! Enjoy this dedicated time with the exhibitors.

DIVERSIFY YOUR NETWORK COFFEE
Tuesday | 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Come for the coffee, stay for the conversations with AWWA and water industry leaders from a wide array of backgrounds. This meet and greet is presented by the Diversity & Member Inclusion Committee.

WOMEN IN WATER WATER MEET UP
Monday | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Expo Café
Join your female peers at this casual lunch meetup in the Expo Café and share your work & conference experiences. Full ACE Registration includes a free lunch ticket - be sure to have it with you. Look for special signage and your friends.

WEDNESDAY NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR 
Tuesday | 4:30–6:00 p.m. 
Catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues in the Exhibit Hall. Check out the many new products and services available in the water industry. Select registration types received one complimentary beverage coupon attached to their badge, and a cash bar is available. Dry snacks served.

EXPO NETWORKING EVENT
Thursday | 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Last chance to visit with ACE18 exhibitors during this dedicated networking time. Share a snack and explore a new corner of the Exhibit Hall before heading back to an afternoon of sessions!

NO WATER NO BEER HAPPY HOUR
Tuesday | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Innovation Lounge
We in the water industry know that without clean water, you can't have beer! Join us in celebrating clean water. Sponsored by Brown and Caldwell

EDUCATION

POSTER SESSIONS
Fresh Ideas Poster Competiton and Display
Wednesday | 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. | Booth 26067
The future of water is here! Join the best and brightest from AWWA's Sections. These students and young professionals won their Section poster competitions to attend and compete at ACE18. We have winners from more than 20 sections. 

INNOVATION LOUNGE
Booth #21108
Join us in the Innovation Lounge, hosted by AWWA and ImagineH2O, and find out how the water industry is being transformed through innovation! In addition to meeting the ImagineH2O winning teams, there are the following sessions to attend

Tuesday

10:00 a.m. | Innovation Coffee Station
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Innovation Lounge Grand Opening
11:00 a.m. – Noon| Waterside Chat with George Hawkins
Noon| Guided Tours with Introductions to the Participating Companies
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Startup Showcase: Imagine H2O 2018 Innovation Accelerator Companies
2:00 p.m. | Innovation Coffee Station
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Turning Data into Dollars
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Against All Odds: One Water Entrepreneur's Journey from Invention to Exit
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | No Water, No Beer Happy Hour

Wednesday
10:00 a.m. | the Innovation Coffee Station 
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | the Innovation of Change: What Does Continuous Improvement Look Like for Utilities Today? 
noon | Guided Tours with Introductions to the Participating Companies
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Isle Tech Pitch Competition
2:00 p.m. | Innovation Coffee Station
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. | Multiple Voices of Innovation
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Leveraging Mixed- Reality to Transform Engineering
5:00 – 5:30 p.m | A Case Study: Cloud-Based Engineering Drawing Management for Las Vegas Valley Water District/ Southern Nevada Water Authority

Thursday 
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Announcing the Winner of the Isle Utilities Tech Pitch Competition
11:00 a.m. – Noon | The Importance of Communication in Innovation
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Accelerating the Import of Israeli Water Technologies to the US

ROUNDTABLE SOLUTION SESSIONS

Booth # 23139
Continue learning by attending the Roundtable Solution Sessions presented by industry experts in intimate theaters on the Exhibit Hall floor—another opportunity to share your experiences, discuss issues, and explore solutions. Stop by the Roundtable classrooms and visit these ACE18 exhibitors as they lead discussions in a variety of topic and interest areas. 

Tuesday
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. |  Enabling Zeta Potential for Precise Chemical Addition facilitated by Malvern Panalytical
noon - 12:45 p.m. | Water main Flushing with No Water Waste facilitated by NO-DES, Inc.
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. | Increasing Response Time and Accuracy while Reducing Costs through Workforce Automation facilitated by Clevest
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. | Web-based Management and Analysis of Water Distribution Systems facilitated by DHI Water & Environment
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. | Solving Problems Encountered with Sodium Hypochlorite Disinfection Systems facilitated by Charles P. Crowley Company
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. | Renew, Upgrade or Replace? Making Decisions About Your EAM/CMMC System facilitated by MentorAPM

Wednesday

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. | A Success Story: How Corpus Christi, Texas Prevents Nitrification facilitated by Hach
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. | Where in the World is Your Pump Operating facilitated by Specific Energy
12:00 - 12:45 a.m. | Solutions for Improving Asset Visibility and Increasing Public Safety across Water and Road Infrastructure facilitated by Pitney Bowes

EXHIBIT HALL UNIVERSITY FORUM SESSIONS
Booth #23139
Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. | WED20 Water Quality Challenges
Thursday 10:00 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m. | THU18 Water Quality Challenges

STUDENTS & YOUNG PROFESSIONALS


STUDENT & YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SCAVENGER HUNT
Tuesday | 10:00-11:30 a.m. | Room TBD
Here’s a fun way to meet some of your peers and explore the Exhibit Hall at the same time. Your team will be challenged to navigate through more than 450 exhibitors to find clues to be eligible to win great prizes. Meet your teammates and learn the rules in room 111AB. The Scavenger Hunt will end at the Expo Café in the Exhibit Hall at 11:30 a.m.; look for the Student/YP signs.

LUNCH WITH THE BOSS – A STUDENT & YP LUNCH MEET-UP
Tuesday| 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Specifically Designated area at the Expo Café in the Exhibit Hall.
Talk with the general manager of a water utility, a principal in a consulting engineering firm, the head of a manufacturing company and/or a USEPA regulator at this low-key lunch meet-up. This is a great opportunity for you to get face-time with water industry leaders. Registration is not required. Just show up!

AWWA'S CAREER CENTER JOB & EDUCATION FAIR
Wednesday | 2:00–5:30 p.m.
Looking to start or expand your career in the water industry? Network with top companies and select universities in the water industry at the Career Center Job & Education Fair. Plus, professional headshots are available by the Water Equation. This is an opportunity you don't want to miss!

COMPETITIONS

PIPE TAPPING
Booth #242
Tuesday | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Preliminaries
Wednesday| 10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | 1:45 - 6:00 p.m.| Preliminaries
Thursday | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Finals

Pipe Tapping is a high-energy contest where top utility teams from Section-level contests race to tap a cement-lined, ductile iron pipe. Teams of water operators from across North America compete by drilling into ductile iron pipe and installing taps in the shortest period of time.

"PEOPLE'S CHOICE" TASTE TEST
Wednesday | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Booths #24115 and #11104
Cast your vote for the "People's Choice." Winners will be announced at Tuesday's afternoon taste test.

METER MADNESS COMPETITION
Booth #8125
Tuesday | 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The fast-paced Meter Madness contest pits competitors against the clock to assemble a water meter from a bucket of parts. Competitors practice year-round to compete at ACE.

"BEST OF THE BEST” TAP WATER TASTE TEST FINALS
Wednesday | 3:30 p.m. | Booth #24115
Who has the best-tasting water in North America? Gather in the Exhibit Hall and watch our esteemed panel of experts determine which of the AWWA section taste test winners will claim the title of “Best of the Best”. 

HYDRANT HYSTERIA COMPETITION
Booth #8125
Wednesday | 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  | Preliminaries
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. |
Break
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Preliminaries
Thursday | 10:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Finals

Teams compete to reassemble fire hydrants in the shortest amount of time.

WORLD WATER CUP OF DRILLING & TAPPING
Tuesday | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Discover the highest tier of the annual Tapping Contest, where British, Dutch, and North American champions compete using methodologies from around the world. An exciting and captivating event!

HOT FLARE DEMO
Thursday | 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Check out this exciting demo! Teams tap into a pressurized pipe, changing out a 3/4" angle meter stop - all within 35-45 seconds!