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UTILITY Week 5th September 2014

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30 | 5TH - 11TH SEPTEMBER | UTILITY WEEK Community COMPANY LINK DON'T MISS To advertise here call Hayley Cronin on 01342 332077 or email hayley.cronin@fav-house.com Lowri Beck Services Ltd Mayors Quay, Swan Meadow Road, Wigan, WN3 5BB Tel: 01942 771700 Lowri Beck is a leading independent service provider of Metering Systems, Data Capture, Data Management and Field Management services, offering innovative solutions to utilities and busi- ness throughout Great Britain. We support the electricity, gas and water markets with Manual and Automated Meter Reading, Data Collection and Aggregation, Meter Asset Provision, Installation and Maintenance services as well as providing a full suite of dual fuel Smart Metering ser- vices. Our dual-site Contact Centre provides a wide range of professional outsourcing contact centre services, including overflow call handling and appointment management. Our mobile field management system, Com- panion, supports a range of operations with mobile handheld solutions ensuring improved data communications between office and field activi- ties. Lowri Beck was established in 1996 and is experienced in offering tailored services and committed to delivering excellent service at realistic prices. For further information contact lbenquiries@lowribeck.co.uk Tata Consultancy Services 4th Floor, 33 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HY Tel: 020 7245 1800 www.tcs.com A part of the Tata Group, one of India's largest industrial conglomerates, TATA Consultancy Services is an IT services, business solutions and out- sourcing organisation with operations in 42 countries and over 160,000 of the world's best-trained IT consultants. TCS offers a consulting-led inte- grated portfolio of IT and IT-enabled services delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model. With more than 2,200 consultants serv- ing over 80 clients globally our energy, resources and utilities industry solution unit partners with organisations to define and deploy business effectiveness improvement programs that help them stay ahead. From optimising asset utilisation and improving customer service to building intelligent infrastructure and complying with regulations, we help utilities organisations become agile, resilient, and proactive. Wheatley Associates Ltd Broad Road, Bacton, Suffolk, IP14 4HN Tel: 01449 781001 www.wheatleysolutions.co.uk Wheatley Associates is the expert in the provi- sion of IT software solutions for UK utility providers and metering com- panies focused on asset management, data management and mobile workforce scheduling. We offer MOP, MAP, Hosted and SaaS solutions. • Amethyst: An asset tracking and management solution that covers the full economic life of both traditional and smart metering assets • Smart roll-out optimiser, focusing on the critical areas of smart meter installation planning, customer engagement and workforce utilisation • Assign, for browser-based, real-time mobile workforce scheduling • JUMBO: MAM operations for electricity and gas while holding informa- tion for all the metering systems managed by the host company. • RAID: A software platform and revenue assurance methodology to en- able you to identify and fix revenue leakage in meter-to-cash processes. NO-DIG LIVE 2014 16-18 September, Peterborough Arena NO-DIG LIVE 2014 is the 12th biennial trenchless technology exhibition, with outdoor demonstrations and seminars. The event is the UK's major biennial event showcasing trenchless technology and the very best products and services in the industry. Make the most of your visit to NO-DIG LIVE 2014 by joining the daily programme of industry topics and educational sessions. Book your free place now at www.nodiglive.co.uk West Midlands HAUC 16th Annual Roadshow 9-10 September, Wolverhampton Racecourse NJUG is holding a Safety Code of Practice seminar at the West Midlands HAUC Annual Roadshow. The event is free to attend for delegates to the roadshow and NJUG expects in the region of 90 exhibition stands on site with suppliers and exhibitors demonstrating the benefits of recent product and materials innovations. Balfour Beatty's Tom Lambert will present on the new code at 2pm on Tuesday 9 September. For more information: www.njug.org.uk Reader of the week Toby Ashong, head of infrastructure, Boxwood "As a helicopter rescue pilot in the Italian Alps I'd get to ski, eat Italian food and be on a mountain top when I wasn't rescuing people" What was your first job? A holiday job in McDonald's. It was a great lesson in efficiency through ruthless process control. What are the best and worst parts of your job? The best parts are the people I work with and delivering results. The same things turn into the worst parts of my job when things don't go to plan. What's your dream job and why? A helicopter rescue pilot in the Italian Alps, because when I wasn't rescuing people I'd get to ski, eat Italian food and be on a mountain top – all the things I love. What's your most treasured possession? The things I would miss the most should I lose them are my sense of positivity, my tenacity, and my curiosity. In the Hollywood film of your life, who would play you? My younger brother – I don't think we're that alike but since everyone else does, it would minimise the need for acting skills and make-up. What album is currently in your car CD player? Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock – his fih album at only 24 years old and a classic. What's your favourite film and TV programme? Film: The Usual Suspects. TV: I don't own one. What quote or saying do you most overuse? "Everything in moderation" – I don't really say it, but it sums up the spirit of what my catch- phrase would be. If you ruled the world, what would you do first? Abdicate before I became corrupt. What's your favourite joke? I've never remembered a joke in my life. businesses instal-

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