WaterRA to host second data science workshop

July 23, 2019

Due to popular demand, Water Research Australia will host a second ‘R for Water Professionals’ workshop to support utility and water industry professionals develop skills and capabilities that benefit individuals and industry.

The workshop will again be delivered by WaterRA’s Data Science Community of Interest Lead, Coliban Water’s Dr Peter Prevos.

Peter is a water industry stalwart, having previously worked as a Project Engineer and a Manager of Land Development. He has been Manager of Data Science at Coliban Water for six years and is also an Adjunct Fellow at Victoria University where he helps share his passion with Data Science Students.

The full-day workshop in Adelaide covers the basic principles of writing code in the R language to manipulate, analyse and visualise data. R is a free programming language with powerful capabilities. This workshop uses practical examples of water quality, customer experience and smart metering from the water industry to help you develop skills to undertake complex data analysis and visualisation. This workshop is designed for beginners who want to understand the foundations of practical data science and expand their toolkit to create value from data.

Managing reliable water services requires not only a sufficient volume of water but also significant amounts of data. Water professionals continuously measure the flow and quality of the water and how customers perceive their service. Data and water are, as such natural partners. Water utilities are awash, or even flooded with data. Data professionals use data pipelines and data lakes and make data flow from one place to another.

While not an exhaustive introduction into data science programming, this workshop inspire water professionals to ditch the spreadsheet and start writing code to create value from data.

Click here for further information and to register.