Sensing in Water Conference 2015

Sensing in Water 2015 was a great success!

180 water industry professionals and 40 exhibitors attended over the 2 days of the conference and exhibition at the Nottingham Belfry.

Scroll down for more info including presentations which can be downloaded in pdf format.

The provisional dates for Sensing in Water 2017 are the 27 & 28 September 2017, so save the date in your diary!


Leo Carswell, Chairman of SWIG

Leo Carswell, Chairman of SWIG

Q&A panel session Serving the Environment

Q&A panel session Serving the Environment



Our delegates comprised water companies, regulators, researchers, suppliers and consultants. We held a gala dinner on 23rd September, with a fascinating speech by Professor Stephen Mithen of Reading University about ancient water management. Thank you to everyone’s generosity during the gala dinner – we raised £1,600 for Water Aid! This money will be used to improve access to clean water and sanitation by Water Aid.

The over arching theme of Sensing in Water was:

“Using sensors and instrumentation to help deliver water company outcomes in AMP6 and over the next 25 years.”

To learn more about what was covered at Sensing in Water 2015 please see the below write ups:

WWT online: ‘Compliance mindset holds back optimisation of treatment plants

WWT online: ‘Fluorometers a potential game changer for EA on bathing water’

Presentations can be downloaded in pdf format from the links below:

Sensing in Water 2015: Day 1 – 23rd September

Keynote Speaker – Martin Kane,  Chief Engineering Officer, Severn Trent Water: Severn Trent Water’s Smart Network Vision

Serving the Customer

  1. Stuart Hyslop, Environment Agency: Flood Forecasting in the UK – Current practice and future aspirations
  2. Bendert de Graaf, Vitens: Making sensor information and big data useful for customers

Vitens Videos (popular during the conference):

VIP movie

Serious Gaming

Vitens Thirst for Knowledge

  1. Allan Snape, NWL: Beach Aware: real-time combined sewer overflow information for beach users
  2. Paul Glass, Anglian Water: Making real-time water use information available to customers

Serving Supply

  1. James Dunning, Syrinix: Calmness – a key ingredient for network resilience?
  2. Mike Strahand, ATi: Online Turbidity & Chlorine Monitoring in Distribution Networks
  3. Mike Riding, Process Instruments: Coagulation Control – past, present, and future
  4. Tony Dodd, University of Sheffield: Autonomous Inspection of Water Pipes

Sensing in Water 2015: Day 2 – 24th September

Keynote Speaker – Doug Wilson, Director of Scientific & Evidence Services, Environment Agency: Moving with the times

Serving the Environment

  1. David Walters, Thames Water: Sewer Infiltration Monitoring
  2. Martin Osborne, Mouchel: Active System Control
  3. Andy Thornton, Hach: Advanced Control of Wastewater Treatment Works
  4. Stephen Bailey, Environment Agency: Tryptophan Fluorometers for monitoring organic pollution

(Adam Gilbert’s presentation about fluorometers can be found in the member’s area of this website, under 2015/catchment monitoring workshop – member’s will need to use their log in details to access it.

A write up of the SWIG Catchment Monitoring Workshop including a brief review of fluorometers can also be found in International Environmental Technology )

Serving the Company

  1. Ben Tam, Anglian Water: How important is data to innovation in the water sector
  2. Darren Sheen, DCWW: Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Smart Hub
  3. Evyatar Meiron, FieldBit: Improving first-time fix rates with smart glasses and augmented reality
  4. Anthony Bond, WRc: Assessing & addressing the condition of your pipes.