Advanced course on Pressure Management and Pressure Transients in water distribution systems

Pressure management is now recognized as the foundation for optimal management of water supply and distribution systems. The proven benefits of pressure management in distribution systems now include not only the water conservation benefits of reducing leak flow rates and some components of consumption, but also Water Utility and customer benefits arising from reduced numbers of bursts and leaks. These include reduced repair and reinstatement costs, reduced public liability and adverse publicity, reduced costs of active leakage control, deferred infrastructure renewals and extended asset life of mains and service connections, and fewer problems on customer service connections and plumbing systems, all leading to fewer customer complaints.

In addition, knowledge of flow behaviour, both steady and unsteady, is necessary for optimised control and safe use of water. The system parameters, such as the network elevation, hydraulic properties of pumps, PRVs and consumer taps and off-design conditions, such as maintenance operations, play an important role in the design and operational management of water supply and distribution systems.

Aim of the course

The general purpose of this 3-day intensive course is to explain and demonstrate the latest concepts and tools for optima management of pressure in water distribution systems (including insights in analysis, prediction and validation methods for estimate of pressure management benefits) and deeper insight into pressure transients in pipeline systems.
The course is based on latest best practice methods developed by the Pressure Management Team of the IWA Water Loss Specialist Group, and extended experience gained by instructors with international experience. It includes lessons from practice, modelling issues, risk management, transient interaction of pumping station controls, PRVs and valve operations at large consumers.

Who should attend

This course is geared towards anyone who deals with operation of water distribution systems, as well as the design of such systems. This includes engineers, technical and project managers and controllers of water pipeline systems and process installations who want to upgrade their understanding of pressure management and pressure transients. A BSc degree in water engineering, engineering science, physics, or other scientific discipline is recommended (minimum requirement).

Course Instructors

  • Ivo Pothof, Deltares, Industrial Hydrodynamics
  • Anton Heinsbroek, Deltares, Industrial Hydrodynamics
  • Marco Fantozzi, Studio Marco Fantozzi


Deltares, Boussinesqweg 1, Delft, the Netherlands.

Course fee and preliminary registration

The course fee is € 1,750.- for three days, excluding VAT. 50% discount for lecturers at centres of education. In order to express your interest in this course, please use the electronic registration form on our website.

More information

The course will start on March 25 at 9:00 and will end on March 27 at 16:00 or 17:00 hrs.
This advanced course is organized by Deltares in collaboration with Studio Marco Fantozzi and Water Loss Research & Analysis Ltd, leaders in developing and disseminating latest best practice methods in pressure management promoted by IWA Water Loss Specialist Group.

is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Throughout the world, we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. The Industrial Hydrodynamics department of Deltares is an international specialist group on fluid transients and advanced control of pipeline systems, working for the water industry, oil & gas industry and energy industry.

Studio Marco Fantozzi, a leading consultant in water loss management using the IWA methodology, has helped many water companies worldwide to reduce losses and increase revenue.

Water Loss Research & Analysis Ltd specialises in research, training and consultancy in advanced concepts of leakage and pressure management being developed through the IWA Water Loss Specialist Group.

ILMSS Ltd works with Water Loss Research and Analysis Ltd to provide customised LEAKSSuite software to help users understand and apply IWA concepts and calculations, including those relating to benefits of pressure management.

For more information about these companies please visit their websites.