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Oakland Group to help improve Yorkshire Water’s data usage

Oakland's Andrew Crossley

Yorkshire Water has teamed up with The Oakland Group to ensure customers benefits from data innovation and new technology.

The Leeds-based data consultancy will work closely with Yorkshire Water’s team to use data to enable smarter network and customer operations while delivering the right foundations and capabilities for the future.

The multi-year contract will see data used across critical elements of the organisation, including customer engagement, leakage management, operational improvement, and internal facing departments.

It builds on an existing relationship that has seen the two organisations develop a new Cloud Telemetry platform, which ingests millions of data points from multiple in-house and third-party operational technology systems at speed and introduces common data models.

Yorkshire Water and The Oakland Group also worked together to develop a new bio-resource model (BRM), which reduced costs around the bio-resource management process. The data was used to simulate a wide range of variables over a 40-year timeframe. It was determining potential scenarios for the future that allowed longer-term opportunities to be identified for a more efficient and effective service.

Lee Harris, head of technology change at Yorkshire Water, said: “Data has become increasingly important to how we operate as an organisation. It’s at the heart of everything we do, but there’s more we can achieve with it, so we are taking a more strategic approach to how it’s captured, managed, shared and used to help everyone do things better.”

The partnership will develop and improve data across all aspects, including architecture, governance and management ahead of anticipated greater expectations from OFWAT in the near future.

Andy Crossley, technical director at The Oakland Group, added: “This is a programme of significant importance to one of the largest water companies in the UK. We are pleased to be going on this journey with Yorkshire Water, and as a resident of Yorkshire, I can personally see the impact it will have.”

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