Walking the ACE13 show floor is a great education on new technology
The American Water Works Association’s ACE13 kicked off in Denver yesterday afternoon, and while the Sunday evening opening was relaxed, the show floor was plenty busy Monday morning.
It was nice to take my first walk around the floor and say hello to people I’ve met through previous stories and past shows. The great part of shows like this, however, is the opportunity to meet new people and get acquainted with new companies and technologies. I’m always on the lookout for ideas and information that can spur stories that inform municipal sewer and water professionals, and there are plenty of both when this many industry professionals come together.
In one short walk this morning I talked to Arvind Pang from FLOWatch about OMNI, the company’s Operational Data Management System and how they’re working to give utilities a comprehensive solution to data collection, management and reporting. I also stopped and talked to Kurt Rhea at the NextGeneration Solutions booth and got a brief overview on how the company is handling the removal of naturally occurring radioactive materials from the water treatment process. One aisle over I stopped and talked to Tom Crerar at Mainline Backflow Products, whom I met for the first time at the WEFTEC in New Orleans last fall. Tom talked a bit about The STRAIGHT-FIT, a new edition to the company’s Extendable Backwater Valve series. The unit is extendible to any depth by gluing on a riser pipe.
All the conversations were brief, as these people all had other people to talk to, but they were all productive and all provided ideas for future stories. You can expect to hear more about these companies and how they’re helping municipalities in upcoming issues of MSW.