SWIG e-newsletter No 14

July 2nd, 2014

We’re well into 2014 now, and wanted to take the opportunity to update you on SWIG’s news and activities planned for the first half of 2014 and other items of interest to the water sensing community.

After more than 10 years on the Board of SWIG, Robin Lennox has stepped down on his retirement from South West Water. We are sincerely grateful for all the input and enthusiasm he has given SWIG over the years. We are pleased to announce and welcome 2 new Directors to the SWIG Board: Anthony Kyriacou of Severn Trent Water and Oliver Grievson of Anglian Water. Oliver and Anthony will each be chairing SWIG workshops during 2014, so you will have a chance to meet them soon.

We are really excited to announce the SWIG website has been refreshed and will shortly be launched to replace the current website – there will be no change to the website address. In addition to the pre-existing methods of payment we will be accepting payment online by debit/credit card through PayPal (even if you do not have a PayPal account). The website has been designed to improve the experience of our members and other users. We would be pleased to hear any feedback about any aspect of the usability of the new website – please contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

We are also excited to announce that during 2014 SWIG will be holding our third biennial Early Career Researcher Scientific Poster Competition, with a first prize of £1,000. The ECR poster competition is intended to raise awareness of technological development and novel applications related to water measurements and thereby promote innovation in sensor research and commercial application. The competition will be launched during February so watch this space!

Below are details of the interesting and varied programme of workshops for the first half of 2014, from smart operation in wastewater, to handheld devices and benchtop instruments, to flow measurement, to sewer system monitoring there should be something of interest to all of our members!

Other items of interest include an overview of the WITS protocol, some excellent discounts for SWIG members, the annual WRc Innovation day, an update on the WaterR2B website as well as funding opportunities – read on to find out more!

We continue to get great feedback from our events. Delegates at our workshop on Innovation in November were really pleased with the opportunity SWIG gave them for networking and various potential collaborations were discussed:

new potential links with SMEs and a University”

linking other companies with ourselves to provide end user solutions.”

“good contacts made – hopefully this will lead to future collaborative working”

“A number of organisations and people who attended the workshop are interested in my work and they will contact me in due course for further communications, possible collaboration in the future.”

So come along to a workshop soon to find out how SWIG events can help you to share knowledge and network with the water sensing community.

We hope you find this newsletter useful read.

See you at a workshop soon!

Rosa Richards, Programme Manager for SWIG

Next SWIG Workshop………

12 March 2014 ‘Smart Operation in Wastewater’

Chaired by: Oliver Grievson

Location: Deaf Blind UK Conference Centre, John & Lucille Van Geest Place, Cygnet Road, Peterborough E7 8FD  Map

Recommended Hotel: Premier Inn Hampton is 2 minutes walk from the conference centre and near Peterborough train station. The best rates are available online in advance.

Programme: Draft Programme

Overview:  With the ongoing challenges in the Water Industry to comply with more stringent environmental permits whilst reducing carbon and costs and managing climate change the future in the industry lies in the need to operate more efficiently. The Sensors for Water Interest Group will be hosting a workshop on “Smart Operation in the Water Industry,” which will present a view on the direction of the water industry and some case studies of “Smart Operation” in the wastewater network including Smart Operation in the wastewater network and the treatment works as well as presenting a vision of the future that the industry could go in.


Cost (inc VAT): £80 (members), £145 (non-members), £115 (table top displays).

Booking: contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk or use our booking form here 

Forward Workshop Programme

30 April 2014: Hand Held Devices and Benchtop InstrumentsNorthern Design Centre, Gateshead in collaboration with the Design Network North

21 May 2014: Flow Measurement, Siemens Offices, Manchester

25 June 2014: Sewer Systems for the 21st Century, University of Sheffield

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

For offers of presentations for the 2014 programme please contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

Also if you would like to suggest a topic for a future workshop or host a future SWIG workshop please contact Rosa.

The WITS Telemetry Protocol Standard

We have just had a dynamic workshop on Data Standards and Protocols for the Water Industry, kindly hosted by Severn Trent Water and chaired by Laurie Reynolds. There was some discussion about WITS and we thought our members might be interested to learn more about the WITS protocol. We will let you know when the next WITS forum is held, in the meantime below is a quick overview of the protocol.

The WITS-DNP3 Telemetry Protocol Standard was designed to achieve interoperability between master stations and field devices from different  suppliers, thereby greatly increasing the choice of equipment for users and substantially widening the market for suppliers. The WITS Protocol Standards Association was formed in 2011 to provide for the maintenance and management of the protocol. Since its launch it has grown to over 80 members and has seen the adoption of the WITS-DNP3 Protocol grow both in the UK and overseas. Membership benefits include access to the Application Notes, technical support, listing of certified products on the website and much more.

For further info see the website.

Discounts for SWIG members

6 Feb 2014: Efficient Water Distribution, NEC, Birmingham

Delegates will hear presentations from experts and practitioners on the current and emerging issues which could impact on water distribution system management in the UK. The seminar will bring together key speakers from the UK, Europe and beyond with the aim of:

  • Forecasting the future drivers for greater efficiency in water distribution
  • Outlining the work of the IWA Efficient Specialist Group
  • Understanding how climate change impacts on the performance of the underground mains network
  • Considering the options for improving the efficiency of leakage control operations using a targeted approach based on better data, economics, practicalities and the need to meet regulatory targets
  • Maintaining serviceability of assets and meeting water quality standards while accepting an aging and deteriorating infrastructure
  • Reducing energy costs and carbon footprint through pump efficiency measures, reducing friction head losses and energy harvesting
  • Looking at ways of measuring and encouraging efficiency and comparing performance

There is also a pre-seminar workshop on 5th February 2014: Efficiency through innovation

A special half day workshop on the subject of applying new technology and process innovation to water distribution systems to improve operational efficiency and cost effectiveness of investment. The workshop will include presentations from leading edge technology companies and experts with case study results from the UK and elsewhere in the world.

SWIG members are offered a reduced delegate rate for the workshop on 5th February of £165 (£185 normal rate) and a reduced delegate rate for the seminar on 6th February of £290 (£325 normal rate).

Please see the website for further details

10-12 March 2013: World Water-Tech Investment Summit 2014, London

The World Water-Tech Investment Summit will draw together leading water utilities, engineering consultancies, investors and technology entrepreneurs from around the world to identify opportunities for collaboration in the development, piloting and implementation of advanced water technologies.
The agenda will focus on:

  • Water in the circular economy: Creating successful models for water resource centres
  • Opportunities and challenges in decentralized, distributed wastewater treatment
  • New models for partnership and collaboration in the oil, gas and mining industries
  • The future water utility: Lessons learned from the electricity and telecommunications sectors
  • Water as the heart of intelligent, integrated infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

As a member of SWIG, you will receive 20% discount when registering. Quote SWIG2014 and Register today.

25-27 March 2014: The Future of Utilities, London

This event will once again see leaders in the UK’s utilities come together to discuss the most pressing strategic issues affecting the industry, from innovation in tariffs, infrastructure and customer communications, to investment, policy and the generation mix.

With over 300 senior attendees taking part last year from across energy, water and gas, this event is the best opportunity in the UK to meet the movers and shakers in the industry.

Early registration rates available to SWIG members saving you up to £250. For full details visit the website or get in touch using the details below:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7760 8699
Email: conferences@marketforce.eu.com

1-3 April 2014: IWEX – Water and Wastewater Management, NEC Birmingham

Brought to you by the publishers of Water & Wastewater Treatment (WWT) ,WET News and Utility Week; IWEX receives hundreds of visitors who come looking for the latest solutions across the whole water lifecycle.  If you offer products or services in any of the following markets then you should be part of IWEX 2014:* Water Treatment Technology Metering,  * Monitoring Pumps & Valves,  * Groundwater & Drainage , Technology,  * Energy Savings,  * Filtration & Separation ,  * Flood Management,  * Leak Detection & Control,  * Drainage Products,  * Chemicals/UV Treatment,  * Controls & Instrumentation,  * Drives & Motors,  * Inspection & Maintenance,  * Pipes & Pipelines,  * Monitoring, Sampling & Analysis,  * Pipe & Cable Detection,  * Rainwater Harvesting,  * Sewage Handling & Treatment,  * Sludge Handling & Treatment,  * Tanks/Storage,  * Trenchless Technology,  * Water Conservation/Management

SWIG members are entitled to receive £20 off per m2 shell scheme and £20 per m2 space – just quote ‘SWIG’ on booking a stand.

For more information please see the website  or call Rachael Lyon on +44 (0) 1342332097

WRc Innovation Day

WRc Innovation Day, 30th April 2014, Swindon
Value for Customers through Innovation

Are you interested in exhibiting your innovative products?

Now in its 3rd year, the event is firmly on the map, or more importantly, in the calendar of “must attend” events in the water sector. The day will bring together around 200 representatives of the industry and will focus on using innovation as a means of delivering value to customers. There will be a mix of excellent speakers, innovative technologies, interactive sessions and great networking opportunities. Draft Agenda

The exhibition showcase will provide an opportunity for companies to display their innovative products and services. No charge will be made to exhibit but space is limited so applications will be selected to provide visitors with a broad range of innovations related to the themes of the day.

To apply to exhibit, please complete an Exhibitor Application Form by 7th February 2014. Successful applications will be notified by the end of February 2014.

For further information contact: Jayne Matwiejczyk on 01793 865075 or email pr@wrcplc.co.uk

Water R2B website is live

The Water R2B website has now been launched, including case studies of NERC funded research projects for the water utilties.

The future of the UK’s economic and social well being will be determined by its ability to stimulate creative thinking that generates innovative new methods, systems and products. Effective partnering between government, industry and the research base is seen as a key enabler of this innovation. WaterR2B is one tool to help in that process of enabling researchers to work more closely with key end-users in industry, government and the third sector.

The WaterR2B portal is an output of the NERC Water Security Knowledge Exchange Programme WSKEP.

Funding opportunities

Coming soon:

Horizon 2020 UK launch, 31 January 2014

Horizon 2020 is the new European funding programme supporting research and innovation, and driving growth and the creation of jobs within Europe. It runs from 2014-2020 with a €70billion budget.

For further info and the opportunity to sign up for newsletter updates see the EU Horizon 2020 website

and contact details

Innovation vouchers for Energy, Water & Waste

The Technology Strategy Board has just opened the latest round of Innovation Vouchers with a value of £5k. Vouchers on the theme of Energy, Water and Waste are targetted at the UK’s utilities provision where Innovation Vouchers could make a difference in helping small businesses to enter the supply chain.

For the purposes of this Innovation Voucher round, eligibility is defined as any idea relating to water and wastewater treatment, distribution and use, ‘grey water’ treatment, leakage detection, leakage repair, pressure management, monitoring and measurement, sustainable drainage. Ideas that relate to irrigation are not eligible for this theme.

The deadline for the current round of vouchers is 29/4/2014

For further info see the website