SWIG e-newsletter No. 10

November 10th, 2012


Welcome to the latest newsletter for those interested in sensors for water! Below are details of upcoming SWIG workshops, SWIG’s poster competition at WWEM, lots of SWIG member discounts, a call for papers and funding and help available for businesses developing sensors.We hope you find it a useful read.

See you at a SWIG workshop soon or at WWEM on 7th and 8th November.

Rosa Richards, Programme Manager for SWIG

Next SWIG Workshop………

21 November‘Data Visualisation and Interpretation’Chaired by Dene Marshallsay, Artesia Consulting

Kindly hosted by RS Hydro

Location: Chateau Impney Droitwich Spa, WR9 0BN (map here)
Programme: here 
Cost (inc VAT): £78 (members), £140 (non-members), £110 (table top displays).
Booking: contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk or use our booking form here

The collection, management and use of data is increasingly important for environmental monitoring, water and sewage networks and treatment processes.  The amount of data collected seems to be ever increasing, therefore the workshop will aim to include presentations covering the big data issues: data volume (capture, storage, search, sharing analysis); data analysis (approaches, techniques, data mining, big data analytics); data visualisation (spatial, temporal, data interface, multiparameters, whole systems approach) and data use for systems management and performance.

This workshop includes speakers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, with the aim of transferring knowledge and inspiring alternate ways of using and visualising data.

Forward Workshop Programme

23 January 2013: ‘Asset Reliability’ hosted by Yorkshire Water, Esholt (more details soon)6 March 2013: ‘Sensors in Odour Control’ hosted by Analytical Technology, Saddleworth (more details soon)April 2013 (tbc): ‘Environmental Monitoring’ (scope and location tbc)

June 2013 (tbc): ‘Radiological Protection in the Water Industry’ (scope and location tbc)

Please visit the SWIG website here for more details on each event.

For offers of presentations for the 2013 programmes please contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

SWIG ‘Early Career Researcher Prize’

Scientific poster competition: £500 prizeThe poster competition has now closed, if you are planning to attend WWEM (7th & 8th November, Telford) come and see the fascinating cutting edge research presented in the poster competition entries on display in the poster exhibition area next to the Innovation area.The SWIG Board has judged the posters and three finalists have been selected. The finalists are:

  • Deirdre Cogan of Dublin City University on the subject of: Next Generation Autonomous Chemical Sensors For Environmental Monitoring;
  • Daniel Dai, University of Oxford in collaboration with WRc on the subject of: LOADMON:  An online non-contact wastewater pollution Load Monitor; and
  • Andy Nichols, of the University of Bradford on the subject of Monitoring of Wastewater Flows by Remote Measurement of the Free Surface ‘Fingerprint’.

These finalists will deliver a short presentation of their work at 3:30 pm on the 7th November in the poster exhibition area at WWEM next to the Innovation area. The winner will receive the award during an award ceremony at the Gala Dinner on the 7th November.


WWEM is almost here!SWIG is working with WWEM to bring together researchers in the field of water sensing and potential industrial partners who can make use of their work.  This is something new for WWEM and will take the form of an informal meeting area within the main exhibition hall. Entrants to the SWIG poster competition (see above) will have their posters displayed at WWEM and details of their research will be circulated to all WWEM delegates and exhibitors so that informal meetings can be arranged.Look out for updates through the SWIG or WWEM websites and news announcements.

WWEM takes place 7th and 8th of November 2012 in Telford www.wwem.uk.com


The SWIG AGM was held on 26 September 2012 the minutes and slides are available in the SWIG website members only area.

SWIG Member Discounts

Nanosensor Technologies for Monitoring – materials and methods, 7 November 2012, Royal Society of Chemistry, London
SWIG members discount: 27% discount – by registering at the RSC members rate. This conference brings together scientists in this fields of biomedical and environmental nanosensors to exchange experiences and thoughts about the new applications and novel types of sensors.For further information see the websiteEnvironmental Laboratory Management Conference at the WWEM Exhibition, 8 Nov 2012,Telford International Centre
SWIG members can use the code BMTA10 to get a 10% discount to the conference.
See the website

Health & Safety in the Laboratory Seminar, 12 Nov 2012, Hawarden. 
SWIG members can use the discounts for BMTA members. This event will provide experiences from a range of knowledgeable practitioners of developing a sustainable health and safety culture and associated safe working practices in academic, industrial and public sector laboratories.
Contact: communications@soci.org or Tel: 0207 598 1594.

Measurement Uncertainty Training Course, 15-16 Nov 2012, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Edinburgh. Run by NMO.
SWIG members can use the BMTA member discount rate of 20%. For further information see the website

Training day on the Industrial Emissions Directive, 22 November 2012, Cleveland.
SWIG members receive 25% discount. This one-day course provides an introduction to the IED, OSM, MCERTS, OMA and CCS and the comprehensive range of supporting technical information. The course will be of interest to process operators, environmental consultants, environmental service providers, stack testing laboratories, analytical laboratories, and instrument manufacturers.
More details available on the website

World Water-Tech Investment Summit 6-7 March 2013, London
SWIG members receive 20% discount on conference registration fee until 31 January 2013. The second annual summit will bring together 200 international utilities, technology companies, corporate investors and venture capital investors to identify new solutions and business models that have the potential to meet global water demand.
More details on the website

Global Leakage Summit, 12 & 13 March 2013, Thistle Marble Arch, London
SWIG members receive a 15% discount. As water utilities and the general public continue to increase their awareness of addressing water losses, better and better technologies are needed to produce lower and lower leakage levels.  The summit provides high quality information-sharing at both a technical and strategic level, including how technologies are being deployed for leak detection, pressure management and network optimisation.

More details on the website

IWEX Sustainability Live 16-18 April 2013, NEC, Birmingham
SWIG members receive £20 off per m2 shell scheme. IWEX Water Live is the UK’s premier event for water industry professionals. Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from the 16th – 18th April 2013, the exhibition attracts key decision makers from across the water sector looking for innovative water management solutions. Taking a stand provides the ideal platform to showcase your products and find new business.

For more information see the website

To book your stand contact Rachael Lyon on 01342 332097 or rachael.lyon@fav-house.com.

Call for papers

Sewer Process and Networks 7 conference (28-30 August 2013, Sheffield)
The theme of the conference is ‘Practical Implementation of New and Emerging Technologies’.  Deadline for abstracts 15 December.Further information on the website

Other Matters of Interest

  • FREE help for SMEs to commercialise innovative products and services aimed at water sector INNOWATER Programme, delivered by Envirolink, provides support to develop a  business model to achieve successful market transition of your new technology.  Information here.
  • Scottish funding available – Scottish Sensor Systems Centre (S3C). Grants up to £40k are available for projects on intelligent sensors and sensor systems, for Scottish based businesses for short term R&D.
    More information see the website
  • Water and Innovation – 13 December 2012, SOAS, London A CIWEM/WSKEP conference. The aim of this conference is to learn from game-changing innovation examples from the UK Water sector to meet our own needs and those of world markets. To register contact: lauren@ciwem.org
  • Ocean Business Conference 9-11 April 2013, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton Ocean Business is a hands-on technology exhibition – the chance to see systems first hand with more than 180 hours of live training and demonstration sessions.  There is also the two-day Offshore Survey conference to address the technical and business issues facing the global field of offshore surveying and Ocean Careers running over the entire three days, providing advice on career opportunities within the ocean technology, marine science and offshore industries. More information on the website