Water Meter Summit: Conference Program


Water Meter Summit

September 28 – 30, 2010

Pre-Conference Seminars/Workshops

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Session 0.2.1

AMR and AMI as a tool to enhance revenue and reduce losses in water companies
Workshop leader: Ricardo Teixeira, Sales Engineer, Itron, Brazil

09h00 – 10h30

Remote metering technologies are being used increasingly in water utilities in Brazil and Latin America. We started with metering and capture control systems and today we are applying the technologies at the end of the process, ie the consumer. It is possible with the technology to accurately measure volumes collected, distributed and used. With this assumption, we will review the market and the application of remote metering technology.

Session 0.2.2

Smart Grids para água
Workshop leader: Danilo Coimbra, FAE, Brasil

11h00 – 12h30

  • Brazilian market
  • Models for each condition
  • Standards and legislation
  • Assessment test
  • Adequacy of laboratories
Session 1.0.1

Opening session
President and moderator: Bruno Regueira, Utility Business Development Executive, IBM, Brazil

14h00 – 14h20

Welcome and keynote address
Dario Almeida, Business Executive in Utilities Consultancy, IBM, Brazil

14h30 – 15h45

Debate/Utility round table
Smart metering: How regulatory changes will contribute to the large-scale deployment of smart meters and what is expected from the utilities


  • Oscar Armijos, General Manager, Electrica de Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Celso Cerchiari, Operations Director, CTEEP, Brasil
  • Luis Carlos Gomes dos Santos, Legal Metrology Director, Inmetro, Brazil
  • José Humberto de Castro, Distribution Director, Light, Brazil
  • José Inostroza López, General Manager, Consorcio Energetico Punta Cana Macao (CEPM), Dominican Republic
  • Roberto Mario di Nardo, Commercial Executive Director, AES Eletropaulo, Brazil
  • Francisco J. F. Paracampos, Superintendent – Business Unit Center, Sabesp, Brazil
  • Jeferson Marcondes, Executive Metering Manager, EDP Bandeirante, Brazil
  • Paulo Henrique Silvestri Lopes, Technical Regulation Superintendent, ANEEL, Brazil

16h15 – 17h30

Planning, risks and management: building a successful project
Invited speaker: Amyr Klink, Explorer and Navigator, Brazil

17h30 – 18h00

Announcement of the winners of the Smart Energy International América Latina Excellence Awards
By Jonathan Spencer Jones, Editor, Smart Energy International América Latina

The awards program recognizes and encourages excellence in the Latin American utility sector.
Winners will be recognized and honored in the following categories:

  • Advanced Metering project
  • Revenue Protection project
  • Customer Service project

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Session 1.2.1

Regulatory bases and finance for the development of smart water utilities
President: Karla Bertocco, Institutional Relations Director, ARSESP, Brazil

09h00 – 09h30

NBR15806: The first global norm for water and gas consumption centralized and remote metering systems
Jorge Venâncio, Fluid Metering Studies Commission Coordinator, ABNT, Brazil

09h30 – 10h00

Environmental solutions: the challenge of regulation for the large consumer sector
Sérgio Paulo Ramires Junior, East Large Consumers Division, SABESP, Brazil

10h00 – 10h30

An analysis of the water industry after the promulgation of the law 11.445
Cesar Seara, Counsellor, ABCON, Brazil

Session 1.2.2

Planning the rational usage of water through metering
President: Marcello Xavier, Planning and Development of the Metropolitan Area Superintendent, SABESP, Brazil

11h00 – 11h30

Water usage and conservation in buildings
Marina Sangoi de Oliveira Ilha, Water Conservation Program Coordinator, UNICAMP, Brazil

11h30 – 12h00

Sanitation sewage system processes metering – a good business opportunity for water utilities
Mario Baggio, Partner, Hoperações, Brazil

12h00 – 12h30

Water meter plant management at COPASA
Vantuir Ribeiro da Costa, Water Meter Engineer, COPASA, Brazil

Session 1.2.3

AMR/AMI for water meters
President: Henrique Costa, AMR/AMI Latin America Manager and Contajusta Manager, Itron, Brazil

14h00 – 14h30

Advantages in changing water meters and control of the installed meter park
Luiz Celso Braga Pinto, Loss Control and Energy Efficiency and Manager, CAGECE, Brazil

14h30 – 15h00

Using computer systems to manage the water meter laboratory and control water meter tracking
Luiz Fernando Almeida Resende, Water Engineer, COPASA, Brazil

15h00 – 15h30

The experience of a Brazilian sanitation public service with the use of RF for water meter reading
Elton Mello, Water Meter Laboratory Technical Manager, DMAE, Brazil

Session 1.2.4

Panel debate: Water meter technological innovations for the broader Brazilian market following the new technical-metrological regulation
Moderator: Renato Ferreira Lazari, Fluid Metering Instruments Division Chief, INMETRO, Brazil

16h00 – 17h30


  • Antonio Carlos Coimbra, Director, WGE, Brazil
  • Henrique Costa, AMR/AMI Latin America Manager and Contajusta Manager, Itron, Brazil
  • Mauricio Garcia, Rational Use and Micrometering Sector Coordinator, SANASA, Brazil
  • Paulo Sergio Padilha, Metering Division Manager, SABESP, Brazil
  • Aparecido Rocha, Industrial Director, FAE, Brazil

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Session 2.2.1

Loss mitigation mechanisms and revenue protection
President: Arlindo Sales Pinto, Institutional Relations Director, Águas do Amazonas, Brazil

09h00 – 09h30

Loss reduction through submetering of the domestic water consumption
Mauricio Garcia, Rational Use and Micro-metering Sector Coordinator, SANASA, Brazil

09h30 – 10h00

Control, water metering and fraud as a social behavior – Aguas do Amazonas case study in Manaus city
Gilmar Altamirano, President, Universidade da Água, Brazil

10h00 – 10h30

Impact on the apparent loss with sustainable use of water
Cícero Ferreira Batista, Losses Control Division Engineer, SABESP, Brazil

Session 2.2.2

President: Justino Brunelli, Water Billing Manager, Águas Guariroba, Brazil

11h00 – 11h30

Onsite billing via Palmtops
Daisy Cristina Menezes, Commercial Manager, CEDAE, Brazil

11h30 – 12h00

Telephonic customer service in a metropolitan area
Fabio Marques dos Passos, Management Annalist, SABESP, Brazil

12h00 – 12h30

CCC – Commercial Control Center
Marcos Valério de Araújo, Commercial Manager, Águas de Itu, Brazil

Session 2.1.3

Closing session

This session allows participants the opportunity to hear key points raised by selected chairmen and moderators from the conference

Moderator: Taco de Vries, Smart Grids Leader, Accenture, UK


  • Marcelo Assef, Commercial Director, Nansen, Brazil
  • Justino Brunelli, Water Billing Manager, Águas Guariroba, Brazil
  • Ryan Hledik, Senior Associate, The Brattle Group, USA
  • Jeferson Marcondes, Executive Metering Manager, EDP Bandeirante, Brazil
  • Luis Fernando Rust, Senior Specialist in Metrology and Quality, INMETRO, Brazil
  • Fabio Toledo, Assessor to the Operations and Clients Vice-President, Light, Brazil
  • Ricardo Van Erven, Technology Director, AES Eletropaulo, Brazil
  • Marcello Xavier Veiga, Planning and Development of the Metropolitan Area Superintendent, SABESP, Brazil