Virtual and Augmented Reality at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

BCS Mid-Wales is pleased to invite Gary Smith and Cerys Middle to talk about the work on Virtual and Augmented Reality at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. The event starts at 6pm in MP-0.15 in the Physical Sciences building, Aberystwyth University (AccessAble information for MP-0.15 is available). There will be light refreshments in the foyer outside the lecture room from 5.30pm.

The event is free and open to all. 

Abstract

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water have a mature VR and AR programme aimed at enhancing the delivery of information to operational staff and helping reduce risk in the complex decision making process. The teams use a wide range of handheld and wearable technology and won Innovation Awards in 2017 and 2018 and were shortlisted in 2019.

Gary Smith will review how mixed reality has helped reduce risk and drive improvements but also as a Chartered Safety Engineer will explore how risks from the software and hardware have been assessed, controlled and implemented ensuring the long-term safety and ergonomic comfort of users during whole shift applications.

DCWW is also using new technology including 360 mapping and workflow and remote assistance tools and Cerys Middle will explore how the adoption of Matrix 360 is used to support operational incidents to enable incident controllers and operators to have visibility of critical points of interest (POI) which are required for operation of the assets and how workflows are used in practice to ensure complex tasks are completed in a controlled repeatable manner.

Biographies

Gary Smith

Gary Steven Smith CFIOSH FRSH ILTM

Head of Integrated Management Systems and Asset Information at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water 

Gary heads a function comprising seven work streams at Dŵr Cymru, delivering operational services with a strong focus on asset data management and data exploitation and the application of new and emerging technologies in an industrial context including augmented and virtual reality.

Gary has worked in a wide range of industrial, offshore and service delivery environments and his expertise in Occupational Health and Safety and Risk Management has resulted in him being employed as an expert evidence in the prosecution and defence of businesses and individuals.

Gary presently leads the Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water team delivering big data outputs to field based operators using ruggedised and wearable technology utilising both AR, VR and the IoT– “the right information, presented in the right way, in the timely manner at the operator’s point of use with a view to reducing risk and driving efficiency”Gary has presented a multiple international conferences over the last 20 years and lives and works in Mid Wales.

Cerys Middle

Cerys Middle

Cerys is the Works Operating Manual Team Manager at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and has worked in the water industry for the past 19 years and has a comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge the water industry spanning site operations focusing on leakage and collecting data for large commercial customers and analysing complex data for leakage delivery for DCWW.

Cerys presently leads a team of technicians, who maintain and create technical Operating Manuals and Instructions including Portable and Waste Water Treatment Works, Service Reservoirs, Water Pumping Stations, Primary and Secondary Trunk Mains systems, Urban Waste Water Treatment Works and Operator Self-Monitoring sites.

Cerys is currently managing a project to drive innovative technologies into the business with the use of QR coding, NFC tagging, Augmented Reality and virtual reality on handheld or wearable devices.