Full conference program is now available here: 



Four presentations will be presented in each parallel session. Since there will be presentations happening simultaneously in rooms 1 and 2, we invite conference participants to choose which session they would like to attend.

They may choose which room best suits their interests by using the full conference program and the WDSA2016 Abstracts Booklet, which will be handed to all participants on Sunday the 24th during the registration. Please know that a printed version for the full conference program will also be handed on this occasion.

Besides the parallel sessions, we’ve also prepared a number of special presentations for our foreign participants to learn more about Colombia, in terms of its history, environment and culture, but also in terms of its water distribution systems! We have thus invited several guest speakers, including the Colombian Minister of Housing MinVivienda). These sessions (along with our keynote speaker presentations) will be plenary sessions, which means they will be held in a much larger room.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the conference’s program or any of its sessions, we will be glad to help.



We are glad to announce this year’s WDSA keynote speakers! We would like to thank them for the support they have given us and for their significant contribution to the advancement of research on water distribution systems worldwide.




 Jakobus Ernst van Zyl


Orazio Giustolisi

Kobus is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has a PhD from the University of Exeter in 2001 and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management and a member of Urban Water Journal’s Editorial Board. Hi research focuses on water distribution systems, particularly on the behavior of leaks under pressure-varying conditions. His research employs a range of approaches, including basic mechanics theory, hydraulic, FEM and CFD modeling, laboratory studies and fieldwork. He chaired the 10th WDSA conference, held in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, in 2008.

             Orazio is a full professor at the Technical University of Bari, in Italy. He is also the editor in chief of the Journal of Hydroinformatics. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Bari and a PhD in Hydraulic Engineering from the University of Naples, also in Italy. His main research topics include data-modelling and soft-computing for environmental systems, hydroinformatics and decision support systems, and water distributions systems analysis, planning and design. In 2013 he was cofounder of a spinoff company that sought to transfer the advancements of the field of hydroinformatics as tools for students, technicians and researchers, by means of professional MS-Office Excel functions. Orazio also was a WDSA Chair back in 2014.


Maria da Conceição Cunha
Maria Cunha from the University of Coimbra was originally going to accompany us, but she will not be able to attend the conference. We are still enormously grateful and we are sure she would have made quite an insightful keynote presentation.


The Aqualibrium Competition

The Aqualibrium Water Competition is a fun way to learn about water supply, what civil engineers do and the importance of protecting our water resources. The aim of the competition is to distribute a quantity of water equally between three containers placed randomly on a grid of 16 points. Participants build a pipe network between a water source and the three reservoirs using pipes of different diameters. While the competition is fun to do and accessible to people of all ages, the underlying problem is highly complex. The competition is used for schools outreach programs and team building, but also in university courses dealing with pipe networks. For more information, please visit the following the following links:


Aqualibrium SITE

Find Aqualibrium competition rules in the following link:  


Discussion on a New Architecture for EPANET

A technical meeting to discuss the software architecture for a new open source version of EPANET will be held on Wednesday July 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the conference’s venue (Centro de Convenciones, room to be announced). The aim of the meeting will be to discuss the main requirements for such an architecture and initiate a working group to develop a proposal within a limited period. The proposal will eventually be presented to the EPANET development community through the Open Water Analytics Forum (http://community.wateranalytics.org/c/epanet). Delegates able and willing to contribute to a technical discussion on a new EPANET software architecture are invited to attend.



We have planned a series of social events for conference participants to relax and enjoy. Remember accompanying persons are welcome to attend. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding these.




             Ice Breaking                                                                                                                                                                            

 Sunday, July 24 at the conference venue (Centro de Convenciones)

Participants are welcomed to enjoy a cocktail that will take place after Sunday’s registration. We have prepared a Colombian traditional surprise for this occasion!

Welcome Dinner

 Monday, July 25 at Club de Pesca Restaurant

Club de Pesca is located within one of Cartagena’s military fortresses. It is one of the city’s most emblematic and famous restaurants, and conference participants will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city’s bay, as well as its historic and modern parts.

Farewell Dinner

Wednesday, July 27 at El Baluarte Restaurant

For our farewell we’ve chosen a symbolic spot, also located within Cartagena’s historic district or walled city. This so that participants return with good memories of this beautiful city.