The WDSA/CCWI Joint Conference


The Water Distribution Systems Analysis (WDSA)/Computing and Control Water Industry (CCWI) Joint Conference: some history

The previous Joint Conferences were held all around the world:

1st Joint Conference WDSA/CCWI in Kingston, Ontario, Canada


Joint Conference WDSA/CCWI in Beijing, China (cancelled due to pandemic)


2nd Joint Conference WDSA/CCWI in Valencia, Spain

The WDSA/CCWI Joint Conference brings together industry professionals and researchers from around the world to solve problems in the field of urban water systems, modelling, and control. This Joint Conference focuses on themes covered by both the Computing and Control for the Water Industry (CCWI) series of conferences and the Water Distribution Systems Analysis (WDSA) series of Conferences.

On the one hand, the WDSA Conference has been directed to the latest challenges, innovations, and methodologies regarding water distribution systems. It was firstly organized as a conference track at the Annual Conference of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Since 2006, it has been held every year as part of the EWRI World Water Congress or as a stand-alone conference.

On the other hand, the CCWI Conference has been focused on modelling and control of water systems. The CCWI conferences were initially organized by Brunel University (London), De Montfort University (Leicester), Exeter University, Imperial College London and The University of Sheffield and it has been held every two years since 1991.

The University of Ferrara is pleased to host the 3rd International Joint Conference in Water Distribution Systems Analysis & Computing and Control for the Water Industry in Ferrara (Italy) on July 1-4, 2024. We are very excited to gather these two communities of researchers and practitioners in urban water systems in our city. We look forward to meeting you in Ferrara!

Castello Estense

Este Castle of Ferrara

Built in 1385, it is the only case of European castle entirely surrounded by water and still accessible through
the original drawbridges.

Conference goal and themes

The 3rd WDSA/CCWI Joint Conference aims at involving national and international institutions, public and private companies, professionals, academics, and researchers operating in the field of urban water systems management.

The main goal of the conference is to face and discuss the most relevant topics related to water system safety, reliability, and protection; the sustainable management of urban water systems in relation to the challenges posed by climate changes and environmental crisis; water distribution and drainage system metering, modelling, and digitalization for effective planning, designing, and efficient governance of the integrated water cycle.

The main topics of the 3rd WDSA/CCWI Joint Conference are:

Topic 1 – Sustainable and smart urban water systems

  • Smart solutions for urban water systems: metering, assessment, forecasting, and operations
  • Circular economy and block chain applications in urban water system management
  • Climate change, water scarcity, and integral approaches for sustainable urban water cycle solutions

Topic 2 – Water distribution network planning and management

  • Water distribution network modelling and demand forecasting
  • Water distribution network optimization: planning, design, rehabilitation, and expansion
  • Water distribution network control: transient analysis, network sectoring, leakage management and energy management
  • Drinking-water quality and treatment issues: biofilm, discoloration, and contaminant intrusion
  • Water security, reliability, and resilience in the water industry
  • Intermittent water supply: modelling and operation
  • Benchmarking in water distribution networks
  • Advances in EPANET. Future proposals
  • Advances in premise plumbing modelling
  • Practical applications: laboratory, modelling, case studies, demonstration projects
  • Tools for educational and research transfer

Topic 3 – Irrigation networks and urban water systems in emergency

  • Pressurized and open-channel irrigation networks
  • Urban water system management under emergency situations: pandemic detection and control, water shortage, natural disasters
  • Asset management and performance modelling

Topic 4 – IoT in urban water systems: digital twin, sensors, data management

  • Advances in sensors, communication technologies, and forecasting in water networks
  • Data management in water networks: real-time monitoring, SCADA, and ICT
  • GIS and BIM applications for integrated urban water system modelling and management
  • Digital Twins in urban water systems
  • Big Data and Machine Learning techniques and analysis in urban water networks
  • Data-driven and soft computing analytics and visualisation in water industry
  • Emerging technologies in water, sewer, drainage, and irrigation networks

Topic 5 – Advances in drainage and sewer. Water and wastewater treatment

  • Water and wastewater treatment modelling, optimization, and control
  • Wastewater and storm water quality modelling, including sediment and pollutant transport
  • Storm water control: sustainable urban drainage solutions and blue-green solutions
  • Combined Sewer Overflow solutions
  • Advances in sewer and drainage modelling and design
  • Advances in SWMM. Future proposals


Local organizing committee

Unife DE-

Scientific committee

  • Luigi Berardi Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Italy
  • Emily Berglund North Carolina State University USA
  • Mirjam Blokker KWR-Water Research Institute Netherlands
  • Dominic Boccelli University of Arizona USA
  • Joby Boxall  University of Sheffield UK
  • Bruno Brunone Università degli Studi di Perugia Italy
  • Steven Buchberger University of Cincinnati USA
  • David Butler University of Exeter UK
  • Andrea Cominola Technische Universität Berlin Germany
  • Didia Covas Instituto Superior Técnico Portugal
  • Enrico Creaco Università degli Studi di Pavia Italy
  • Maria da Conceição Cunha Universidade de Coimbra Portugal
  • Graeme Dandy University of Adelaide Australia
  • Jochen Deuerlein 3S Consult Germany
  • Kegong Diao De Montfort University UK
  • Huan-Feng Duan Hong Kong Polytechnic University China
  • Demetrios Eliades University of Cyprus Cyprus
  • Raziyeh Farmani University of Exeter UK
  • Yves Fillion Queen’s University Canada
  • Gabriele Freni Università degli Studi di Enna “Kore” Italy
  • Orazio Giustolisi Politecnico di Bari Italy
  • Walter Grayman Walter M. Grayman Consulting Engineer USA
  • Mashor Housh University of Haifa Israel
  • Pedro Iglesias Universitat Politècnica de València Spain
  • Adesola Ilemobade University of WitwatersrandtSouth Africa
  • Shuming Liu Tsinghua University China
  • Heinz Jacobs Stellenbosch University South Africa
  • Donghwi Jung Korea University South Korea
  • Zoran Kapelan Technische Universiteit Delft Netherlands


  • Bryan Karney University of Toronto Canada
  • Joong Hoon Kim Korea University South Korea
  • Kevin Lansey University of Arizona USA
  • Juneseok Lee Manhattan College USA
  • Christos Makropoulos National Technical University of Athens Greece
  • Fernando Martínez Universitat Politècnica de València Spain
  • Daniel Mora-Meliá University of Talca Chile 
  • Bruno Melo-Brentan Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Brazil
  • Lindell Ormsbee University of Kentucky USA
  • Avi Ostfeld Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Israel
  • Olivier Piller INRAE, ETBX Research Unit France
  • Dusan Prodanovic University of Belgrade Serbia
  • Raido Puust Tallinn University of Technology Estonia
  • Helena Ramos Instituto Superior Técnico Portugal
  • Maurizio Righetti Libera Università di Bolzano Italy
  • Juan Saldarriaga Universidad de Los Andes Colombia
  • Dragan Savic KWR-Water Research Institute Netherlands
  • Lina Sela-Perelman University of Texas USA
  • Angus Simpson University of Adelaide Australia
  • Robert Sitzenfrei University of Innsbruck Austria
  • Joaquim Sousa Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra Portugal
  • Vanessa Speight University of Sheffield UK
  • David Steffelbauer Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin Germany
  • Rodney Stewart Griffith University Australia
  • Ivan Stoianov Imperial College London UK
  • Riccardo Taormina Technische Universiteit Delft Netherlands
  • Kobus van Zyl University of Auckland New Zealand
  • Feifei Zheng Zhejiang University China

Sponsorship opportunities​

A wide range of opportunities are available to showcase and promote companies, agencies, and organizations! Many sponsorship options have been foreseen to suit participants in business, academia, and government agencies.

These can include:

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or would like to discuss other possibilities, please contact convegni@unife.it
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