[WATENER] Tech Transfer – Digitalization in the Water Supply

Last November 14th, the German city of Karlsruhe was the theater of a seminar organized by the TZW – Technologiezentrum Wasser (the Water Technology Centre of DVGW: The German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water) and the city’s water utility Stadtwerke Karlsruhe.

The prestigious venue of the event was TZW’s headquarters. This recognized institution carries out practice-oriented and interdisciplinary research and investigation programs, developing solutions for different areas of water management issues, from resource protection via water abstraction and treatment to distribution up to consumers’ tap.

Stadtwerke Karlsruhe (SWKA) is the municipal Water Utility which serves a region with 400,000 inhabitants and distributes about 24 Hm3 of water per year. The water is supplied from four drinking water treatment plants and main pumping stations, and it is distributed by more than 900 km of pipeline.

Digitalization in the Water Supply” was the focus of the event during which, water industry experts presented and discussed how Artificial Intelligence techniques, Algorithms and Data Platforms are helping water supply companies master the challenges of the future.

The event counted with the presence of recognized speakers and attendants coming from a large variety of organizations: Water Utilities, Public Institutions and Technology Centers, Engineering Bureaus, Universities and private companies.

The seminar format was conceived with particular attention to the audience’s point of view, promoting a networking environment through spaces dedicated to open questions, where different perspectives and experiences in the digitalization process were also exchanged.

Such a structure was able to create an environment where to set out ideas, debate and exchange different approaches on the digital transformation process for water utilities.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Maier (Head of Drinking Water Division at SWKA) had the honor to open the seminar, providing solid reasons to go ahead with Digitalization in the water supply and highlighting what this means for SWKA. Prof. Maier affirmed indeed that, in addition to significantly more efficient processes, higher transparency of their activities and an easier knowledge transfer, they had also achieved, through real-time data, a lower response time for exceptional events that require immediate attention. CEO of TZW Dr. Josef Klinger pointed out the need to convert the concept of “Digitalization” into concrete actions.

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Greetings were followed by WatEner‘s General Manager Jorge Helmbrecht who introduced the platform WatEner®, illustrating its components, use, and newest functionalities, with a presentation on Innovative solutions for current challenges with the integration platform WatEner using artificial intelligence.

The totality of exposition subjects revolved around the “Digitalization in Water Supply” topic, addressing it from different angles. Among them, the practical example of WatEner® platform application in Stadtwerke Karlsruhe with a live presentation held by the Head of drinking water Production and Quality Assurance, Dr. Dirk Kühlers, awakened great interest in the audience. It was indeed showed how the gathering, integration and evaluation of data can provide detailed support to facilitate the daily operation in water supply companies. The platform WatEner® enables, for example, the visualization of pipe network models, the accurate preparation of key figures for the various divisions, as well as the energy-saving operation of the hydraulic pumps by means of self-learning operating systems.

Another presentation of great interest was the one concerning Management systems with online models and sensor techniques for decision support using the example of Lake Constance by Dr. Ulrich Lang of the Stuttgart-based engineering company Kobus und PartnerTZW itself brought a significant contribution with Dr. Martin Wagner illustrating the Perspectives of prediction and data models for water supply and Sebastian Sturm, explaining the Application of Remote Sensing Methods for Risk Assessment in water catchment area.

To complete the variety and relevance of the subjects treated, it is also interesting to mention the presentations given by Tamara Stefani & Wolfgang Deinlein from SWKA about the Construction of a groundwater level measurement network with mobile communication and LoRaWAN, and Thorsten Schlachter from Karlsruhe Institute for Technology about the Experience in setting up and operation of web-based measuring networks in the environmental sector.

As the main conclusion, the importance of adopting innovative technologies in the Water Supply Sector was particularly well established, with a special remark on how crucial it is to integrate all isolated data from different sources and promote greater connectivity between departments.

In the path to digitalization, it is also relevant to emphasize the need to consolidate the link between processes, people and new technologies, taking into account that innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence can support the decision-making process, without replacing human work and expertise.

From WatEner we are pleased to have joined this Seminar and for having the opportunity to demonstrate how Artificial Intelligence techniques can help in the efficient operation and management of Drinking Water Networks.


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Consultancy Service for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Rehabilitation Project and improvement of the security of the dams of Vietnam

Located in Southeast Asia and with more than 3,260 kilometers of coastline, Vietnam is one of the countries that is most prone to suffer natural disasters in the region, being affected by an average of ten typhoons a year. These typhoons bring along strong floods that affect the whole country and whose impact tends to be greater in rural areas, the most vulnerable, preventing their socio-economic development and slowing down the growth of a country in which 45% of the population works in the agro sector.

The damage caused by these extreme events has been hampered in recent years by climate change. In fact, Vietnam is one of the countries in which the impact of climate change is greater. This has been reflected in the increase and unpredictability in size, frequency and intensity of the mentioned typhoons.

The vulnerability of Vietnam to extreme events and especially to floods, is also accompanied by the lack of global programs in the management of water resources and by the tumble down network of hydraulic infrastructures, especially dams and small reservoirs.

In this context, the Vietnamese government, launched in 2003 the "Dam Safety Program", an initiative aimed at reducing the negative impacts of floods downstream of the oldest dams in the country (40 to 60 years), most of them in poor condition. This program, funded with more than 400 million USD by the World Bank through the "Dam Rehabilitation and Safety Improvement Project (DRaSIP)", aims at rehabilitating and improving the management of 450 priority dams, with the dual purpose of protecting both lives located in the area of influence of these dams as well as safeguarding the economic activities that develop downstream of them. Ultimately, this will contribute to the overall improvement of the quality of life of millions of people and promoting their socioeconomic development.

Within the framework of the project, which has been ongoing for several years, the World Bank has recently launched a specific project to carry out a system for evaluating and monitoring the progress and results of this program (International Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant). Its objective is to establish a series of easily measurable key indicators that allow to objectively delimit the progress of the program. The system will improve the management of dams and will allow the lessons learned to be learned and applied in the future.

INCLAM, thanks to its experience in the Asian region and Joint Venture with AMDI and APAVE, its trusted partners in the country, has been the awarded bidder for this project by the World Bank and the government of Vietnam through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, final implementing agency of the project. The contract, with a duration of four years, is endowed with an amount of 1,324,722.61 USD. This new project consolidates Inclam as one of the leading Spanish companies in the region and crowns the good results of the Group's strategy in its commitment to development in the Southeast Asian market, where the company has permanent offices in the Philippines. In this country, Inclam has also achieved remarkable success in 2018 with the signing of the contract, worth 31.3 million USD, in order to plan, among other measures, the necessary flood control infrastructures in several basins priority hydrographic projects, which will be carried out in consortium with the companies Egis and KECC.


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Having good economic results is necessary, but not enough


INCLAM joins Global Compact
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A couple of months ago, we received the United Nations (UN) official communication confirming that INCLAM GROUP is now part of Global Compact, the world´s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

Global Compact is an international initiative that seeks the commitment of companies around the world, to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
In addition, Global Compact seeks to impulse business as a force of good, taking shared responsibility for achieving a better world, and taking strategic actions to advance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), so we can achieve the 17 goals and the 169 targets by 2030.
It is an honor for INCLAM GROUP to be part of this large initiative that includes over 13,000 organizations from 160 countries, all supported by their CEOs. We all share the same vision and commitment to be sustainable companies and contribute to build the world we all want.

To be a signatory company of the Global Compact initiative is a mild stone for INCLAM GROUP, because it means that we are publicly ratifying our commitment with an ethic and responsible culture and our commitment consolidate our sustainable practices globally.
As members of Global Compact, we are committed to operate under a continuous improvement approach, incorporating economic, social, and environmental aspects in our strategic and day-to-day decisions. It also means that we are committed to respect and promote the 10 universal principles, and to keep actively working to achieve the 17 SDG.

As a specialized business group in water and climate change, our operations have a positive impact on the SDG, since water is a transversal vector for development. However, for the sake of focusing our efforts, we have assumed a strong commitment particularly with objectives 3, 6 11 and 13:

• SDG3: Good health and wellbeing
• SDG6: Clean water and sanitation
• SDG11: Sustainable cities and communities
• SDG13: Climate Action

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We have also assumed the commitment of annually reporting our good practices related with the 10 Principles, and our advances towards the achievement of the SDG goals and targets.

For INCLAM GROUP joining the Global Compact initiative reflects our traditional ways of doing good business, which have characterized us since the beginning of our operations. It is another example that shows two of our oldest and deepest beliefs: “ Having good economic results is necessary, but not enough”, and “We want to improve people´s live through our work”.

We are very proud to join this initiative, which will involve a strong impulse to our sustainable practices across operations around the world.

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INCLAM leverages its experience in a flood control project in the Philippines

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The Philippines is one of the countries of Southeast Asia with a greater economic growth in recent years. At the same time, and due to the particular geographical location of this archipelago (composed of more than 7,000 islands), it is also one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to extreme events - such as typhoons, tropical storms and floods -, whose frequency and impacts have also been aggravated by climate change.

The Government of the Philippines, with the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), is currently promoting strong investment initiatives in flood protection measures to deal with the impacts of climate change.

In line with the above, Rodrigo Duterte, the current President of the Philippines, is firmly determined to take advantage of and consolidate this period of economic prosperity to transform the country and develop and improve the infrastructures that it demands. For this, the country’s central administration is promoting the execution of a public investment program unprecedented in the country, the so-called "Build, Build, Build" Program. Unlike previous initiatives, these investments are presented as the final outcome of a planning process based on the best available practices, addressing several national concerns: a) ensuring the economic and environmental sustainability of the actions to be implemented; b) seeking the maximum possible social endorsement and; c) accelerate all the processes that go from design to final execution; with a special emphasis on a more effective coordination among all the administrations involved. Under these premises, this investment program has the administrative and financial support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), through a specific mechanism called the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF).

The IPIF is structured in four parts or lots, of which Lot No. 2 (Flood Mitigation) has a total economic endowment of USD 31.36 million and focuses on providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the Government of the Philippines during the period 2018-2022, helping in the development of the plan, design and execution of the necessary flood control actions in 6 priority river basins.

The international consortium formed by Egis Group (France), INCLAM and KECC (South Korea), will advise the Government of the Philippines on flood management.

The bidding process, launched by the ADB at the end of 2017, was highly competitive and with the utmost interest and participation from the main companies in the sector. The final selection was quality based and only considered technical excellence-related criteria.

Finally, the project was awarded to a consortium led by the French company Egis Eau (http://www.egis.fr), two more companies of its same business group (Egis International and Egis Structure Environnement), INCLAM and the South Korean company KECC. The official signing ceremony of the contract, held on April 4, was the culmination of more than two months of complex negotiations with the DPWH, after a first key session of two weeks, held in person at Metro Manila, with the participation of a technical and commercial delegation of all consortium partners.

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The official signing ceremony of the contract, held on April 4th, was the culmination of more than two months of complex negotiations with the DPWH, after a first key session of two weeks, held in person in Metro Manila and with the participation of a technical and commercial delegation of all consortium partners.

Scheme of the operations of the global contract awarded to INCLAM and its partners by the DPWH, under the supervision of the ADB: a transversal contract of specialized technical assistance, supplemented with several subprojects defined on demand.

The Government of the Philippines estimates a total investment of over USD 450 million to address floods in 6 priority watersheds of the country.

The priority basins considered by the DPWH are those of Abra (5,125 km2) and Apayao-Abulog (3,372 km2), in the northern part of the island of Luzon; that of Jalaur (1,503 km2), in Panay island (Western Visayas); that of Agus (1,645 km2), in the northern part of the island of Mindanao; and finally, those of Buayan-Malungon (1,425 km2) and Tagum-Libuganon (3,064 km2) in the southern part of that same island. In these six basins, the DPWH has estimated a total volume of investment in hydraulic infrastructure of some USD 454.6 million. One of the main tasks of the Consortium will be to help the DPWH optimize that investment and make it a reality.

The awarding of this contract supports INCLAM’s commitment to consolidate its presence in the emerging market of Southeast Asia. Also, it is the result of INCLAM’S renowned trajectory of more than three decades devoted to the provision of value-added consulting services, particularly in the scope of planning and management of flood risks.

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Location in the Philippine archipelago of the priority watersheds for which Master Flood Control Plans will be designed and developed, as well as Pre-feasibility studies of the structural measures proposed in those.

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The Best Engineering Company the Second Year in a Row


On 20th of December, 2017, the Roca Madrid Gallery hosted the fourth edition of iAgua awards 2017.
The track-record of these awards is short; however they are already considered one of the most important ones in the sector. This is no surprise, as 511 companies publish daily their contents in iAgua site, which is the site with the largest audience in Spain and Latin America.

This year, we were nominated in three categories: the Best interview of Magazine; Alfonso Andrés Urrutia, The Best Technological Solution for WatEner and the Best Engineering Company.
Thanks to the votes of the followers and readers of iAgua we won the title of the Best Engineering Company for the second year in a row. This prize always delights us especially, as it is recognition of our essential activity and the main objective to always be the best in our sector at an international level.

Alfonso Andrés Urrutia, Director of the Consultancy Services of Inclam Group, was handed the prize. He emphasized during his speech that "this prize is for the INCLAM Group one of the most valued ones, not only for what it represents but also for the impact that it has"

The whole INCLAM team thanks iAgua again for these nominations, and, particularly, for choosing us to be the winners of this grand prize. We also want to congratulate all the other nominees.


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INCLAM was awarded a contract worth of 73.9 million US dollars


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The Company C.A. HIDROLOGICA DEL CENTRO (HIDROCENTRO) has awarded to CONTEMAR, a Consortium formed by INCLAM S.A (45%) and INCLAM de Venezuela (55%) a contract for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning for Rehabilitation and Extending the Wastewater Treatment Plant La Mariposa, in Valencia, the state of Carabobo.

This contract, valued at 73.922.103, 21 US dollars is funded by the CAF (the Latin American Development Bank), and it will be executed within 32 months. Thanks to the excellent execution of previous works completed by our Company, HIDROCENTRO revalidates its trust to INCLAM and confirms our position as a benchmark company in the country in executing EPC projects in the water sector.

This contract reinforces INCLAM Group´s good results gained during the first half of this financial year and gives the Company excellent expectations for 2018.
INCLAM is a company listed in the Spanish Alternative Equity Market (MAB). This relevant fact is published on the website of MAB;

https://www.bolsasymercados.es/mab/esp/EE/Ficha/INCLAM_ES0105083002.aspx#ss_relevantes and in http://www.inclam.com/accionistas-inversores-inclam/hechos-relevantes


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The Dominican Republic has been punished by several hurricanes and tropical storms that have caused catastrophic damages throughout the country´s history, causing major impacts on the vital resources for the provision of the population, and also affecting significantly dams and reservoirs.

After verifying the consequences of the hurricane seasons, Dominican Republic considered necessary to review the conditions of its resources and to take measures to resolve the possible impacts.

INCLAM entered into the work starting from here, as it lead the project "International Consulting Services in Dam and Reservoir Operation," which took place in 13 major dams in the Dominican Republic. Several of the dams were higher than 100 meters, and they are essential for supplying water for human consumption, irrigation, producing electricity of the country and preventing floods.

The tasks of INCLAM was divided into three sections, first of which was to develop a plan and dam safety studies. This plan began by creating a technical file of the dams, and database where all the available material was collected and analyzed. The database included more than 12 000 files.

Using the created technical file, the experts of INCLAM visited and examined the dams and their facilities in order to propose actions aimed at resolving the detected shortcomings and conduct seismic studies, structural dam analysis, and auscultation analysis.


On the other hand, in order to involve the communities located downstream of the dam, and the organisations and authorities in charge of dam safety and prevention and emergency response, six public workshops were organized. Almost 50 organizations and hundreds of participants attended the workshop.

In order to involve Dominican Republic institutions, ten workshops on Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) were organized. In these workshops participated staff of INDRHI and the hydraulic operation managers of the EGEHID, the Hydroelectric Generation Company.

Furthermore, operation and maintenance manuals of nine reservoir systems were drafted, and sediment management plan was prepared. The latter plan deals with the sediment problem of the reservoirs. Over the time, the reservoirs have lost significant amounts of their useful volume.
The second section of the project comprised of reassessing the hydrology of the reservoirs.

The first step was to study the rainfall using specific methodologies for regions affected by hurricanes. The next step was to compile regional rainfall maps and estimate the flood flow rate to evaluate the hydrological security of the dams, and downstream water discharge of the overflow rates. The last step was to conduct hydraulic simulations using GUAD-2D program developed by INCLAM and Digital Terrain Model of the NASA. By using these programs, it was possible to delimit the floodplains caused by potential dam break.

The third main aspect of the project was related to institutional strengthening, to developing a strategic plan for the Dam Department of INDRHI. To this end, a participatory process was used. During the process, several personal interviews were conducted and a workshop was organized. All this was done bearing in mind the experience and the proposal of the persons belonging to Dam Department and other entities of INDRHI.

A new organizational chart for the Dam Department was proposed, according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Government Administration, and a Recruiting and Selection Plan was prepared. The plan includes a search for candidates for vacant posts. A Training Plan for current employees of the Department was also formulated.

The last step was to conduct a review of the water regulating institutions of the Dominican Republic, and analysis on legislation of other countries, Based on these studies, a Project for Modifying Legislation and Standards was presented. The project collects recommendations on the legal and regulatory framework applicable to Dominican Republic.

This great work, carried out by INCLAM´s staff together with local collaborators was finalized at the end of 2016 with and excellent rating and great satisfaction on the part of the group which once again makes clear that the big projects always need human talent and experience gained working as a team and naturally the latest technology.

En esta final, los competidores directos serán los candidatos de la bolsa irlandesa (Irish Stock Exchange) y la bolsa de Londres (London Stock Exchange). En la página web de los premios se expone la lista corta con el perfil de los candidatos, para la categoría principal, en la que compite INCLAM, y el resto de categorías que premian estos galardones.

Estos Premios son una muestra de la diversidad de los mercados europeos y su objetivo es promover la entrada en el mercado de valores, en particular, el dirigido a las PYME y empresas de crecimiento. Los finalistas y ganadores se destacan como actores excepcionales que demuestran innovación, tanto la expansión nacional e internacional, ciudadanía corporativa y una excelente gestión. Estas empresas son fundamentales para la recuperación económica europea y para lograr las metas de la creación de empleo, competitividad y el crecimiento de la UE .

Los ganadores de estos galardones se anunciarán en una ceremonia que tendrá lugar el próximo 17 de noviembre en el Albert Hall en Bruselas.


The water and sanitary sewer coverage in Guatemala is currently below the mean Latin American values, which are 86 % for water and 57 % for sanitation. A significant part of the supply networks do not provide drinking water thus the water has to be treated by the final users to guarantee its safe use. There is a great difference in sanitary service coverage in the cities integrated into the urban and city areas; the cities have wider supply networks than the urban areas.

The earthquakes in 2007 and 2012 aggravated the problem as they caused deterioration in the existing networks thus leading to pipeline breaks and subsequent water leakages in the supply networks, loss of service and lack of efficiency of the networks.

Another serious problem is the contamination of surface water resources derived from untreated wastewater and this together with the lack of water quality monitoring network for surface and groundwater worsens significantly the sicknesses stemming from water contamination and inadequate sanitation.

In order to respond to this situation the Republic of Guatemala has started a PROGRAM FOR WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (PHASE I) developed by an agreement signed by INFOM-BID-AECID and financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, in agreement with the Government of Spain through the Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FCAS) with a budget of 50 million USD to execute partially the phase I of the program.


This phase included the "Pre-investment Studies of Drinking Water and Sanitary Sewage system of urban areas in six (6) departments in the Republic of Guatemala in six municipalities of San Marcos" carried out by INCLAM in Joint Venture with Novotecni

The primary objective of INCLAM was to create a strategy, plans and final design of the projects which will enable the municipalities to repair, refurbish and extend the water systems and sewers quickly and in technically advanced manner without interrupting the services and causing minimal inconveniences to the users in the urban and peri-urban areas of the prioritized municipalities. Simultaneously, measures for improving the operational and administrative effectiveness were planned.

The work included 12 feasibility studies, six definitive water designs and six sanitations and sanitary sewers. This project benefits a variety of users, inhabitants of the six already mentioned districts. There are more than 135 000 inhabitants. It is a basic service with major significance for improving the quality of life of the population.

The methodology used comprised of a technical analysis of drinking water, sewer system, sanitation and the current and future demands, evaluation of the current systems and planning of solutions which will enable to improve the coverage of the service, continuity, and quality.

In order to analyze the sewer system networks, weaknesses and shortcomings in operation were identified and hydraulic simulation models using IT tool SWMM were developed. Based on the detected problem a set of improvements was planned, and they were included in the simulation models in order to verify using the models whether the operation of the proposed solution was correct. Once the process was finalized, a sanitary supply network providing adequate design to face the future wastewater demands and the precipitation effects for 30 years return period was defined.

As a part of improving the sewer system network, INCLAM included a design of a wastewater treatment plant complying the current norms related to surface water bodies discharge thus contributing to the environmental quality improvement. The relevant economic, financial and socioeconomic evaluations were made. The result of the socioeconomic evaluation allows guaranteeing that the projects are sustainable for the municipalities with the proposed rated combined for water and sewerage.

These studies bring Inclam Group closer to the country and strengthen its role as a benchmark company in water engineering sector not only in Guatemala but throughout the Latin American region.

En esta final, los competidores directos serán los candidatos de la bolsa irlandesa (Irish Stock Exchange) y la bolsa de Londres (London Stock Exchange). En la página web de los premios se expone la lista corta con el perfil de los candidatos, para la categoría principal, en la que compite INCLAM, y el resto de categorías que premian estos galardones.

Estos Premios son una muestra de la diversidad de los mercados europeos y su objetivo es promover la entrada en el mercado de valores, en particular, el dirigido a las PYME y empresas de crecimiento. Los finalistas y ganadores se destacan como actores excepcionales que demuestran innovación, tanto la expansión nacional e internacional, ciudadanía corporativa y una excelente gestión. Estas empresas son fundamentales para la recuperación económica europea y para lograr las metas de la creación de empleo, competitividad y el crecimiento de la UE .

Los ganadores de estos galardones se anunciarán en una ceremonia que tendrá lugar el próximo 17 de noviembre en el Albert Hall en Bruselas.

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