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Things we believe will inform, educate and provide technical insights - limited only by Eddy's imagination and creativity. A wide variety of content in the form of interviews, animations, presentations, webinars and everything in between! 

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Heidi Mottram - Ageing, Data and Innovation

When we did our webinar with Heidi Mottram, CEO of Northumbrian Water, last summer (remember those days?) - no one was thinking or talking about a global pandemic in early 2020. Talking about the Water Industry at the time, Heidi touched on three particular subjects which have an interesting relevance on a wider society level now.


Planning for better Water Quality after the lockdown

One achievable thing in the isolation period is the chance to plan ahead with desktop reviews and online planning discussions. On Water Quality - There is a big difference between the common place take-up of active mixers in US treated water storage compared to the UK. But the challenges in US water storage is exactly the same – maintaining consistent disinfection residual is supply to prevent taste and odour, minimise bacti failures and prevent disinfection bi-product spikes.



Essential BAU & Facility Deep Cleans

And suddenly everything is very different but in some situations, there is still a Business as Usual (BAU) approach. We’ve interrupted our normal run of Eddyvision episodes this week for a quick situation update as we all adjust to what is happening around us. In this episode, we talk about supporting our clients with remote site BAU maintenance work and facility deep cleans where essential on-going work is required after a self-isolation linked to the location.


Astronaut Tim Peake CMG, talks Water in Space - Part 1

Tim Peake is a former Apache helicopter pilot, flight instructor, test pilot, and current European Space Agency astronaut. Tim followed Jim Panton on the US Army Apache pilot exchange programme in Texas in the 1990s - and that’s pretty much where their career path similarity finishes. They do, however, share a keen interest in water. In this episode, Tim tells us about the critical importance that water and wastewater play in the International Space Station. In Part 2, we will hear more about water in trips to Mars & the Moon.



Europe’s first ever Smart Canal

Peter Robinson – Head of Engineering at Scottish Canals gives us an overview of the Scottish Canals system and the Smart Canal project. The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership between Scottish Canals, Scottish Water and Glasgow City Council is a superb example of a digital revolution innovation. It is an initiative that brings autonomous, weather forecast driven, adjustments to the levels of the Glasgow canal system in advance of increased surface water run-off in North Glasgow – creating the “sponge city” concept.


Bar-code Scanning by Drone

We are exploring opportunities with organisations looking to make significant time and cost savings as well as reducing health and safety risks associated with their warehouse or other large volume bar-code scanning requirements.

In this episode, Craig Leppan from Dronescan talks us through the outline features and benefits of indoor drone mounted scanners and tells about their progress to date with their technology.



Scottish Water Embrace "New World" Change

Scottish Water’s Transformation objectives include the desire to find “changes in processes, people and systems to better align the company with its business strategy and vision”, to “produce an improved state of things” and the “need to be willing to transform in order to stimulate innovation”. This short interview with Nisarg Hirani, General Manager – Transformation only scratches the surface of how he and Scottish Water are setting up the change they believe is required for the new world.


Working in Partnership in Ireland

For the last four years, Panton McLeod have worked with AQS in Ireland to deliver our range of services. AQS have built a reputation as one of the most capable and trusted specialist industrial, utility and environmental services companies in Ireland. Rónán Beasley, AQS Environmental Solutions explains that when Irish Water reviewed their asset management approach for service reservoirs, discussions between Panton McLeod and AQS began and a strong partnership based on shared values and high standards has existed ever since.



Net Zero, Regulation and Moon Shots!

Over the last four years, Adam has led a number of water industry events sponsored by the Scottish Government Hydro Nation Team and leading industry players such as Veolia. This included a Circular Economy focused event held at Dynamic Earth, Water Industry Innovation retreats in Scotland and India and a Water Industry Leadership programme.


Getting the most from your Water Storage Asset!

It's only January and already our clients are asking us what they can do this year to ensure assets are in good condition. This week on EddyVision we look at what it takes to get the most from your storage water asset. From monitoring and inspection to enhanced cleaning, it's all covered.



Why replace media and fittings when you can clean them!

Following successful development work and trials, an innovation in the cleaning of gravity filter beds is now set to become commonplace in the water industry. It’s better for the environment - reducing carbon emissions by around 1.5 tonnes per filter bed, saves downtime and comes in at a fraction of the replacement costs.


One Year of EddyVision!

One year ago we released EddyVision - Our home for bucket loads of water industry-relevant information.

Every week we share things we believe will inform, educate and provide technical insights into the water industry. Over the last year we’ve interviewed some of the industries key water professionals and hosted webinars from across the UK! Thank you for watching we couldn’t have done it without you all!



The Big Man and his Wee Reindeer

From everyone at Panton McLeod, we would like to thank you all for your continuous support over the past year.

We’d like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Inspect & Clean with 100% Uptime!

Christmas is coming, Eddy’s getting fat, we know it isn’t always possible, to know what state your asset is at. With a dedicated range of inspection & cleaning equipment we can complete inspection, sampling and cleaning works without the need to shut down or reduce production.

As a thank you, we are offering 10% off jobs booked in and completed before the end of December. Contact the team to claim your discount!



Confinded Space Drone - Going places no human can!

Today on EddyVision we talk to Colin Hawkins, Asset Analyst for South East Water about a recent confined space drone inspection providing a general condition assessment of 3 tunnels near one of their sites. Colin talks us through the general history of the tunnels and how sending in a drone has meant that they are able to inspect the asset when manned entry isn’t possible.

DWI Reg 31 Approval for Tank Mixers

Today on EddyVision, Neal Edmondson talks about the exciting news Panton McLeod has received regarding their tank mixers. Neal also explains how tank mixers use biomimicry to enhance water quality as an extremely efficient design to mix large bodies of water. Finally Neal discusses the benefits of using tank mixing to help maintain the excellent levels of water quality when water leaves the treatment works.


The Benefits of Robotic Sediment Removal

Today on EddyVision, we talk to Connor Flockhart, Account Executive at Panton McLeod, who is responsible for client management. Connor talks us through a typical robotic sediment removal job and the health and safety benefits of using our enhanced cleaning technology to reduce downtime and save time and money.


The Institute of Water Magazine with Martin Jameson

Today on EddyVision, we talk to Martin Jameson, Director of JimJam Media, who is responsible for publishing the Institute of Water Magazine. Martin has been producing the magazine for over 10 years and has built up a wealth of knowledge about the water industry. He talks to us about the need to stay up to date with latest technologies, innovations and ways of thinking as well as his most memorable article.


How to Maintain The Perfect Service Reservoir

A lot of our time is spent talking to clients about asset management. There are lots of challenges in managing treated water storage in a water distribution network. Today on EddyVision we look at the recommended steps that work well in the maintenance of the perfect service reservoir. From monitoring and inspection to the latest in digital twin models and enhanced cleaning, it's all covered.


Our Latest Inspection Job With our Confined Space Drone

This week on EddyVision, we are on site with Jim Panton where he talks about the latest inspection job using a Confined Space Drone. He talks about the unsafe nature of the asset and the potential risk associated with an inspection using human entry. Finally, he talks about the benefits of using a Confined Space Drone including the ability to inspect at height without the need to erect scaffolding, the 4K and thermal cameras and the oblique lighting.



Pipeline Commissioning & Disinfection – Early Involvement Saves Money!

On EddyVision this week we talk to Neil Shepherd, Pipelines Account Executive at Panton McLeod about pipeline commissioning and disinfection. Neil talks about the typical length of time a pipeline commissioning job takes as well as what is involved in the process. Neil talks about the reasons to get the commissioning aspect of your project sorted at an early stage so that the whole process runs smoothly.


Perform Safe, Fast & Cost-Effective Inspections!

Are you still spending thousands on complex confined space safety measures or on scaffolding to view difficult to reach places? Our new high-tech confined space drone reaches places other options can’t do as safely and as cost effectively. Recently we have been inspecting assets across the UK for many of our clients. So, if you want to keep your workforce out of harm’s way while performing flawless inspections using cutting edge drone data capture capabilities, then this video is for you!



Do you want to clean it, or do you want to clean it properly?

Our proprietary cleaning system can effectively break down and remove stubborn iron and manganese bio-fouling and staining. This is a common issue in water systems, including service reservoirs, and poses a bacteria harbouring risk to water quality. It is also laboratory proven to neutralise serious bacteriological risks including cryptosporidium that are resistant to traditional cleaning techniques.


Benefits of ROV Inspections with ROV Pilot - Kev Friedl

On EddyVision this week we talk to Kev Friedl, ROV Pilot at Panton McLeod about the benefits of ROV inspections against other methods of entry. He talks about the type of client that requests ROV inspections as well as the assets that typically need this type of survey. Finally, he talks about recent work undertaken on fire water tanks for industrial and commercial clients across the UK and Ireland.



Theory Driven Data with Dr Vanessa Speight

On EddyVision this week we talk to Dr Vanessa Speight, Senior Research Fellow in Integrated Water Systems from the University of Sheffield. She talks to us about using big data techniques to understand the huge body of data collected in the water industry and how to gain useful information. Algorithms as powerful as they are cannot be relied on alone; there must be a theory-driven approach, something that we at Panton McLeod strongly agree with!


Surf's up at Scottish Water! 

Neal Edmondson, Business Development Manager at Panton McLeod, talks about an exciting development in the robotic inspection of tunnels and aqueducts. Following the successful trial run of a 2km aqueduct in Scotland with a prototype platypus inspector. Neal talks about the many benefits of a robotic approach to inspection including reduced confined space entry, high-quality imagery, lidar capabilities, sonar, 3D modeling and inspecting while the asset is still live without the need for drain down.



Ensuring Quality across the Business

Gary Flockhart, SHEQ Manager at Panton McLeod, talks about the recent double confirmation that the business has the highest standard quality systems in place.

Gary is responsible for all things Safety, Health, Environment & Quality and he talks about two recent external audits of the company, the results and what it takes to achieve 100% on a regular basis.


NWG - Leading the way in Industry Innovation

This week on EddyVision, we talk to Helen Guy, Project Engineer from Northumbrian Water Group about the recent installation of two PAX mixers in one of their reservoirs. Helen explains how NWG are taking a different approach to improving the water quality at their sites and how they want to to lead the way with a more innovative approach to tackling a very common problem.



'Harnessing the Power of Data' - Scott McGoldrick, Scrum Master

Scott McGoldrick from Panton McLeod talks about what they are doing to harness the power of the data that they hold on assets across the UK. Talking about the hundreds of thousands of data points that Panton McLeod have on historical records and what the company is now doing to make this accessible to decision-makers. He talks about the challenges of capturing data in a consistent manner and making this information available on a cloud-based platform.


NEW Gravity Filter Bed Cleaning method set to reduce costs by UP TO 70%!

Iain Ross from Scottish Water talks about the latest innovation in gravity filter bed cleaning. He talks about why they wanted to use a new method to clean their filter beds and the steps involved in the enhanced cleaning technique. Finally, he talks about the benefits of using this latest methodology including savings, time, health and safety as well as the environmental payback.



Service Reservoirs and how they impact Water Quality

Anastasia Doronina, PhD Researcher at Sheffield University talks to us about her research into service reservoirs and how they impact water quality downstream. She tells us about her focus on understanding how their performance changes across different sites and the impacts on water quality parameters.


The benefits of robotic cleans and ROVs to Northumbrian Water

This week on EddyVision we talk to Paul Richardson from Northumbrian Water about a recent ROV Inspection and the benefits of using robotics in strategically important assets that need to remain in service. He explains that they have several assets that need to remain in service to ensure customers continue to receive a supply of quality drinking water. Paul talks about the benefits that a robotic approach to cleaning and inspection gives NWL and their customers.



Harnessing the power of data

Ahead of our webinar on the 26 July we catch up with Dr Duncan Bury about the potential of data in the water industry and how we can harness that data to improve business performance.

Duncan talks about what data means to him, the parallels with his experience in the automotive industry and the huge volumes of data that is available in the water industry but is currently not being utilised to improve decision making.


Panton McLeod employees qualify as Mental Health First Aiders

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. Earlier this month three employees from Panton McLeod qualified as Mental Health First Aiders. We caught up with them to find out why having Mental Health First Aiders in the workplace is valuable and what it means for our employees.



The importance of understanding Storage Assets and how they operate 

We talk to Dr Vanessa Speight, Senior Research Fellow in Integrated Water Systems at the University of Sheffield.

 

Vanessa talks to Jim Panton about why it is important to learn how to operate storage assets in order to maintain water quality at it's best.

 


Why science matters in the cleaning of Service Reservoir

Our Chief Executive, Jim Panton starts a discussion on the best way to achieve water quality in the distribution network using enhanced cleaning methods. Our view on the best way to clean a service reservoir – avoiding high pressure washing! High pressure can do damage to an asset while not necessarily achieving an effective clean. We don’t want to damage your valuable assets. What do you think? Why not join the discussion and give us your views?


How to Maintain the Perfect Service Reservoir

Most of our clients face several challenges in managing treated water storage in a water distribution network. Today on EddyVision we look at the steps we have seen work well in the maintenance of the perfect service reservoir. From monitoring and inspection to the latest in digital twin models, if you are involved in the distribution network then this video is for you!



THM Reduction with Ethan Brooke, UGSI Solutions

We talk to Ethan from UGSI Solutions about THM’s and the challenges that can be faced in dealing with them. Ethan explains that by creating the correct conditions in a storage tank, THM’s can be taken from liquid form to a gas in order to remove them. He talks about adding active headspace ventilation systems as well as additional equipment to increase the surface area for mass transfer.


Flying into the Future with our confined space drone!

Are you still spending thousands on complex confined space safety measures or on scaffolding to view difficult to reach places? Our new high-tech confined space drone reaches places other options can’t do as safely and as cost effectively. So, if you value water quality and safety, then this option is for you.



University of Sheffield pipe dreams laboratory 

This week we caught up with Dr Vanessa Speight, Senior Research Fellow in Integrated Water Systems (Water Distribution and Water Quality). She gives us a peak at the pipe dreams laboratory and explains how they look into the microbiology, the chemistry and the hydraulics of a distribution system without disturbing a real-world network.


Residual Control Systems in the Distribution Network

This week we caught up with Tom Caulfield from UGSI Solutions and asked him about the challenges he faced while working as an operator in the USA. He explains the benefit of introducing a smart and automated disinfectant residual boosting system and how this can positively impact water quality compliance and efficient introduction of disinfection in the distribution network.



New Partnership with Mackenzie Construction

Why are we so excited? It’s the thought of taking 25 years of Panton McLeod water quality expertise and blending it with a water sector focused civil engineering and structural repairs capability that is second to none. With a shared ethos and commitment to continuous improvement, the synergy between Panton McLeod and Mackenzie Construction offers a clear focus on safety, people, quality and sustainability.


Robotic Sediment Removal

Why has robotic sediment removal been so popular with our key clients? Simple; there’s no need to take a strategically important asset offline which avoids network impact. Taking a robotic approach to many tasks will be a key innovation focus for the water industry over the next few years and it can be hard to imagine what that looks like. We wanted to share some footage of what that looks like now!



Private Water Supplies

We talk to Matt Bower, Operations Team Leader from the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQR), about private water supplies and some of the challenges that can arise. It’s the responsibility of the owners to maintain water quality and there are many issues that they need to consider.


Reducing Bacti Failures

Many of our clients highlight the high level of importance associated with reducing the number of Bacti Failures they experience in their water storage assets.  Having investigated historical bacti failures, one of our clients has now drawn a noticeable link between dropping residual levels immediately before a bacti failure occurrence.



Leakage - Finding hard to reach leaks

Some industry sources suggest that as much as 80% of leakage comes from 20% of the leaks. The MTA Pipe Inspector specialises in finding hard to reach leaks. This video is an example of how Pipe Inspector found two leaks in the middle of Washington DC.


Work Hard, Play Hard!

This is a video that one of our teams put together, unprompted, for a bit of a giggle. We like how it reflects our values so much that we decided to share it with the world. Before any Hollywood execs come calling - they’re our production experts and you can’t have them!



Digitisation in the Water Industry - Rob Mustard, Director of Scottish Water

The digital footprint we expect to see in a modern-day water industry system is continuing to change. The appetite for instant information and instant results is becoming more apparent, but challenges are arising for how the water industry present those results in a meaningful manner.

Panton McLeod Webinars

At Panton McLeod we love to talk about water quality and the latest developments and innovations across the water industry. We will be holding regular webinars on topics from ROV’s to best practice cleaning methods. You can watch our recorded webinars here and you can sign up to our newsletter to take part in the upcoming events.


Active Mixing for Water Quality in Distribution

The US is well ahead of the UK on active mixing in Service Reservoirs, Ethan Brooke of UGSI talks to Neal Edmondson about what they've learnt. Two key regulatory drivers for drinking water quality are taste and odour complaints and bacti failures in Service Reservoirs (SRs).

PM100 Bio-Foul removal agent used below the water line to clean wells

Panton McLeod's Reg 31 and NSF listed bio-foul removal agent has been used for a number of years for the rehabilitation of well and borehole screens. The result of this treatment was a 72% increase in specific capacity significantly improving the flow through the screen into the well during pumping.


Nigel Watson, Director of Northumbrian Water Group talks Innovation

Nigel highlights Northumbrian Water Group's changing approach to Innovation as they prepare for the next AMP period and how he sees Innovation being even more important than before.

Service Reservoir Maintenance in Scotland with Matt Bower, DWQR

Matt talks to us briefly about why the DWQR are particularly focused on Service Reservoir Maintenance in Scotland and about the progress being made.

The Importance of Service Reservoir Maintenance with Simon Parsons

Simon visits us on site and talks briefly about the importance of Service Reservoir Inspections, Cleaning, and Maintenance from a Water Quality and Public Health point of view.

'Water Treatment' in Distribution with Tom Caulfield

Our live webinar in conjunction with our US partners UGSI, looking at water treatment beyond the treatment plant; mixing, THM reduction and Residual Control in distribution.


Gravity Filter Bed Cleaning...Yorkshire Water

We look at utilising our PM Solution in the cleaning of Gravity Filter Beds. Iron & Manganese bio-fouling reduces the performance of gravity filter beds causing blocked airlines & nozzles which reduces backwash and air scour performance.

A Short Interview with...Paul Horton

Jim Panton talks to Paul Horton, CEO of Future Water Association about the challenges facing the water industry in the next five year period, including the increasing importance of innovation for operations and maintenance.

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