Morrison Water Services shortlisted for five Water Industry Association Awards

26th April 2022

Morrison Water Services is delighted to have been shortlisted for a number of prestigious Water Industry Association Awards.

We have been shortlisted for:

  • Digitalisation Project of the Year – Blicker AI
  • Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year – Water Division Womens’ Network

We are also a named partner on shortlisted entries to the Digitalisation of the Year and Alliance or Partnership Initiative of the Year awards through nominations made by FYLD.

Digitalisation Project of the Year

Blicker, from Dutch company Clockworks data Innovation, has helped us improve data quality for our metering contract with Thames Water. Using artificial intelligence (AI) meter reading assistant technology, to translate a photographic image into raw data has guaranteed the quality and consistency of information, first time, every time.

This innovation – a first for the water industry – was introduced by the Intelligent Solutions team. It has replaced traditional manual data validation which is expensive and impacts on the carbon footprint of our services and those of our clients.

The potential for this innovation is significant and has already been introduced across other contracts related to smart meters. We believe this could be an important first step in rolling out AI across the water landscape.

Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year

The Water Division Women’s Network (WDWN) was launched last September. Open to everyone from the Water Division and its operating businesses, its aim is to ensure this is the best place to work and we are an inclusive employer.

The WDWN has been created to help empower, nurture and raise the status of women in the workplace, by addressing business critical people strategy challenges including attraction, engagement and retention and providing a space to share personal experiences to help us support women in our business more proactively.

The network is focused on sharing best practice and providing our people, both women and men, with practical tools to learn about and share insight about female-centric topics. Providing skills, such as resilience, confidence, presentation, mindfulness, goal setting, coaching and allyship, sit at the heart of this unique initiative.

The Menopause Hub, which is part of this initiative, goes live on Tuesday (26 April) and enhancements to our Family Friendly policies go live in May.

FYLD shortlisted for two awards

FYLD and MWS have been shortlisted in the Alliance or Partnership of the Year and Digitalisation Initiative of the Year awards.

The entries, submitted by FYLD, recognise a proof-of-concept trial for FYLD’s AI safety and productivity platform on one of the MWS North contracts. The pilot was so successful it was immediately rolled out on our Capital Delivery and Repair and Maintenance gangs across all MWS North contracts.

FYLD has been used to embed a model of smarter supervision which is a critical factor in our long-term strategy for improved efficiency and effectiveness of our fieldwork operations. The enhanced visibility and data of fieldwork operations through the FYLD platform enables a targeted risk intervention approach where supervisors can better prioritise their time.

Scott Beard, Executive Director, said: “These shortlisted nominations are all excellent examples of the new, highly innovative ways we are working with the water sector. We are challenging traditional solutions and replacing them with more sustainably-driven measures. Through the WDWN we are also challenging traditional perspectives on the diversity of our people. By embracing innovation and celebrating our people we continue to demonstrate why we are the leading service provider in the water and wastewater infrastructure sectors in the UK.

“Congratulations to everyone who has been part of the shortlisted projects.”

The winners of this year’s award will be announced on 29 June at Birmingham’s Hilton Metropole.

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