SWIG e-newsletter No 16

February 5th, 2015

October 2014

Hello and welcome to the autumn newsletter from SWIG to update you on our activities and water sensing news.

This autumn and into the new year we have some exciting workshops lined up, see below for more details. Our October workshop includes an optional tour of the Infrasense Labs & demonstration of self powered control valves used for DMA v2.0 but places are limited so book soon! Our November workshop on Instrumentation for TOTEX efficiencies is a must attend event for water companies looking to make savings for AMP6.

We have had a brilliant response to our Early Career Researcher Competition, which provides an interface between industry and innovative new research into water sensing. Do come along to visit the shortlisted posters which will be on display at WWEM on 5-6 November. The 3 finalists will present their work on 5 November, with the winner being announced at the gala dinner on 5 November.

Building on the success of our 2013 conference, we are looking forward to our next Sensing in Water Conference in 2015. Hold the date in your diaries: 23-24 September 2015! SiW 2015 will again be held at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel over 2 days, with a seminar room and exhibition area. All members will again receive a discount on delegate rates and early bird booking rates, but for 2015 we are pleased to offer all corporate members (>250 employees) 2 free delegate places! We will shortly be announcing a call for papers. Watch this space and our website for further details in the new year!

Other items of interest include:

  • Exclusive WWEM SWIG Preview
  • SWIG forward workshop programme into spring 2015 – as ever contact us if you are interested in speaking at/hosting a SWIG event;
  • Bumper pack of Discounts for SWIG members
  • Calls for papers
  • Funding opportunities including a competition for non-intrusive river flow measurement (deadline imminent)
  • Water sensing news: a revolutionary trial to meter wastewater

We continue to get excellent feedback from our events. Delegates at our Monitoring Organics workshop last week said:

Loads of good new contacts”

Sensor development has moved on significantly – good to catch up

“SWIG has been helpful as I met interesting people with good ideas”

“[I] Identified one potential opportunity today to collaborate”

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.

Finally, if you would like to support SWIG and encourage our network to grow, please do include a link to the SWIG website from your homepage. I can provide the SWIG logo on request.

We hope you find this newsletter useful read.

See you at a workshop soon!

Rosa Richards, Programme Manager for SWIG


SWIG and SWIG members will be heavily involved at this year’s WWEM (Water, Wastewater and Environmental monitoring) event which is running on the 5th and 6th of November. In addition to over 90 free to attend workshops and an exhibition with over 130 suppliers there are several other elements which we thought might be of interest to you…

Demonstration area run by WRc

For the first time this year WWEM will include an instrumentation demo area hosted by WRc, the leading innovation consultancy working in the Water, Waste and Gas sectors. In the “WRc Demo Lab” visitors will be able to see “live” MCERTS testing along with a display of the rigs used for specific performance tests. Alongside the Demo Lab, over 20 companies exhibiting at the show will demonstrate and offer the opportunity to get hands on with their technology as part of a “market pitch” which will run over both days. The area will also play host to the Apprentice Competition, information on instrumentation trials currently being undertaken with suppliers and water company end users and last but not least a Mystery Solution Competition!

SWIG early career research poster competition

The shortlisted posters for which will again be displayed at the WWEM Conference on 5-6 November 2014. The first prize is £1,000 this year, and will be presented at the gala dinner at WWEM on 5 November 2014.

The winner of the 2012 prize was Andy Nicholls of the University of Bradford, with his work on ‘Monitoring of Wastewater Flow by Remote Measurement of the Free Surface ‘Fingerprint’. Andy says: “The SWIG early career researcher competition 2012 was great fun and it was fantastic to be selected as the winner.  The award has enabled me to secure a post-doctoral position which will allow me to continue my research and develop the technology further. The event also generated a lot of interest in my research topic, and has opened several new avenues of collaborative work with partners both in industry and academia”.

New: Flow Forum

Oliver Grievson (a SWIG Director) is running the new free to attend Smart Water and Flow forums at WWEM

Building on the event’s monitoring theme, the Flow Forum will take place on Wednesday 5th November including presentations from Water Companies, MCERTS Inspectors and construction partners who will share their experiences in flow measurement. Flow meter manufacturers will also present some of the latest measurement techniques and an open forum session will provide attendees with an opportunity to challenge the panel with questions and problems.

New: SMART Water Forum

Taking place on the second day of WWEM (6th Nov) the SMART Water Forum will include a UKWIR dissemination workshop, featuring a study which has been ongoing for 18 months on Instrumentation, Process Automation & Control in wastewater. This will be followed by presentations on SMART technologies, including the ‘Internet of Things’, from some of the water sector’s leading innovators.

Click here for WWEM visitor registration

Next SWIG workshop

15 Oct 2014: Telemetry & Control Systems for Smarter and Resilient Operation of Water Supply Networks, Council Room, 170 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5HF

Chaired by:  Dave Newport, Yorkshire Water and Ivan Stoianov, Imperial College

Kindly hosted by: Imperial College with sponsorship from ClaVal

A range of regulatory and financial pressure is forcing the UK water companies to improve the understanding and control of their systems. As a result, advanced pressure and DMA control schemes are being introduced to optimize average zone pressure and increase the resilience of exiting network topologies while at the same time improving leak detection and reporting methodologies.

The workshop will present and discuss to what extent existing telemetry and SCADA systems support the implementation of these novel applications, review the current state of art, and discuss emerging trends and the barriers for their adoption in AMP6.

Recommended hotels: Please book through the Imperial College Accommodation service if you wish to benefit from their discounted rates, using their booking form

The recommended hotels are the Queen’s Gate Hotel (4*) and The Gore (4*), both of which can be booked using the above service.


Prices: Delegate place £82 for members of SWIG, £149 for non-members, £41 for students to attend. £118 for a table top display, £62 for literature circulation (Prices include VAT)

To make a booking please use the SWIG online booking form

Forward Workshop Programme

26 Nov 2014: The Use of Instrumentation and Automation in Wastewater Treatment To Achieve TOTEX efficiencies National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas in Staffordshire

As the UK Water Industry faces into AMP6, the drive for efficiencies becomes ever more important, as does the reliance on instrumentation and automation to deliver them. The aim of this workshop is to share proven examples of where Instrumentation and Automation has provided financial efficiencies in the wastewater treatment sector.  Key objectives of the day are to share lessons learnt from each application to give confidence that the solutions are immediately transferrable, and to prove and validate benefit cases where applicable.

28 Jan 2015: Microbiological Monitoring (working title), Etihad Stadium, Manchester (kindly hosted by ATi) more details soon

March 2015: Big Data in collaboration with CIWEM, more details soon

April 2015: Catchment Monitoring, more details soon

Please visit the SWIG website 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.

Discounts for SWIG members

7-8 Oct 2014: European Waste Water Management Conference (EWWM), Manchester

The European Waste Water Management Conference is one of the few events in the UK that deals specifically with problems and solutions for the management and treatment of wastewater.

For further details see the website

SWIG members are entitled to a 10% discount on exhibition space. Simply quote SWIG2014 on the booking form

10 Oct 2014: Water Scotland, Glasgow

The only conference dedicated to the evolving needs of the Scottish water industry, Water Scotland is the key meeting place for stakeholders involved in delivering the Government’s vision for a sustainable future.

There is an early bird discount for registration before 15 August.

SWIG members can also receive a 15% discount by quoting: SWIGSCOT15 when registering.

For further info please see the website

23 Oct 2014: Food and Beverage Resource Event, Birmingham

This event is designed to bring together key stakeholders in the food and beverage manufacturing, retail and food service sectors.  The speaker line up is drawn from senior management throughout the food and beverage industry who have delivered quantifiable results.

This is likely to be especially useful for those who have direct and indirect responsibility for sustainability targets including carbon emissions, food waste, water conservation, packaging reduction, supply chain optimization and energy reduction.

SWIG members receive a 20% discount if you register here before October 17th and use the special discount code SWIG123.

For further info see the website

5-6 Nov 2014: Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring (WWEM), Telford

WWEM is focused on measurement, testing and analysis for the water and wastewater and environmental industry. From test kits to process measurement, laboratory analysis right through to fixed and portable gas detection, if your work involves Monitoring,testing or working with water you need to be at WWEM.

November 2014 will be the sixth time this dedicated biennial event will be held. WWEM has evolved into a very successful event since its inception back in June 2005. The event has firmly established itself as the number one event for Water/Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring professionals to attend.

WWEM is free to attend, with free parking and free lunches for all pre-registered visitors.

For further details see the website

SWIG members are entitled to a 10% discount on the delegate rate at WWEM, please use the discount code: SWIG10

17-19 Nov 2014: The 19th European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference, Manchester

The Biosolids conference attracts the most authoritative global experts in the area of biosolids and organic resource handling, treatment and recycling. The programme covers both the latest innovations and updates of existing technologies. Presentations from respected industry experts and newcomers follow the development of technologies and legislation from inception to full-scale installations.

For further details see the website

SWIG members are entitled to a 10% discount on exhibition space. Just quote SWIG2014 on the booking form.

10-12 Mar 2015: World Water Technology Investment Summit 2015

The World Water-Tech Investment Summit, now in its 4th year, is Europe’s biggest event dedicated to innovation in water. The goal is to pool ideas and experiences from around the globe to accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies by both municipal and industrial water users.

SWIG members are entitled to a 20% discount on the registration fee. Just quote ‘SWIG’ on registering.

For further details see the website

17-18 Mar 2015: Global Leakage Summit 2015

The UK’s premier global summit, to help develop faster and more efficient leakage management systems, integrated with whole network management and optimisation, smart asset management, and integrated sensor management, that take into account economic levels of leakage, but also reflect the true value of water and supply delivery targets.

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount, use code ‘GLS-SWIG’ on registration.

For further info and to register see the website

21-23 Apr 2015: Utility Week Live Incorporating IWEX, NEC, Birmingham

Utility WeekTM Live incorporating IWEX is the new exhibition dedicated to the UK’s water, electricity and gas utilities. Building on the rich heritage of IWEX – Faversham House’s long-standing water and wastewater exhibition – Utility WeekTM Live incorporating IWEX will provide an important information exchange and market place for the UK’s multi-billion pound utility industries and an ideal environment for exhibitors to do business.

SWIG members qualify for a special £20 per square metre discount off all exhibition space.  To book your stand and claim your discount please contact rachael.lyon@fav-house.com (tel: 01342 332097) quoting “SWIG Member”.

For further info see the website

Calls for papers

Call for Ideas: Reducing leakage BEYOND 2020 – Wessex Water is keen to hear about your innovative ideas

Artesia is working with Wessex Water on a project that will provide the foundations to deliver the company’s long-term leakage aim: to reduce leakage by 25% over the next 25 years.

To help Wessex Water achieve their long-term leakage reduction aspiration, we would like you to tell us how you would reduce leakage by five to ten percent between 2020 and 2025.

Your ideas will be added to a list of over 500 ideas already collected and will be reviewed and refined as we work with Wessex Water to develop more detailed leakage reduction options.

For further details see the information sheet.

Please send any information to Rob Lawson (rob@artesia-consulting.co.uk).

Call for Ideas CIWEM Annual Conference 2015

After the success of last year, the CIWEM Annual Conference will return in April 2015 to the fantastic Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, to host two full days of inspiring and challenging speaker and keynote presentations.

The aim of the conference is to challenge and inspire the water and environment community by sharing knowledge, networking and best practice, which is at the heart of meeting key global challenges.

CIWEM will be building on the successes of previous events to make this the must attend-event for the water and environment sector.

To submit your ideas, follow the link to the CIWEM survey

Call for abstracts: Biosensing Conference, Lisbon, Portugal 10-13 May 2015
The 4th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology will continue to bring together leaders from industry and academia to exchange and share their experiences, present research results, explore collaborations and to spark new ideas.

Abstracts are invited on following themes:

1.    Novel biomarkers

2.    Biosensor surfaces

3.    Novel detection technologies

4.    Instrumentation and Integration

5.    Commercialisation and impact

The deadline for submitting an abstract is 9 January 2015.

For more information and to submit your abstract please visit the website

Funding opportunities

Innovate UK TSB funding: Non-intrusive river flow measurement

This competition is focussed on the Environment Agency’s need to measure river flows in challenging locations where existing standard instrumentation cannot be used. However a solution that could also be deployed in less demanding/normal river conditions would be ideal.

The Environment Agency requires a non intrusive method of river flow measurement which is capable of measuring river flows to ‘bank full’ in rivers with variable backwater, weed growth and with a mobile bed load.

For further details see the website

The deadline for registration is: 15 Oct 2014

The deadline for applications is: 22 Oct 2014

24 Oct 2014: ACQEAU Info day on European & National funding opportunities, Madrid, Spain

The French Embassy in Madrid and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) organize an info-day on European and national funding opportunities. The meeting will deal mainly with the opportunities related to water sector and R&D. The Horizon 2020 and ACQUEAU calls will be presented.

The event will take place on  24th October 2014 and it will be hosted by Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología in Madrid.

For more information on the programme and the speakers, please click here

Water sensing news

Revolutionary trial to meter wastewater

Wessex Water has worked in partnership with Dynamic Flow Technologies Ltd, an R&D technology company based at Loughborough University Innovation Centre, to install the world’s first wastewater meter which claims to be truly capable of accurately measuring the smallest of flows in part filled sewer pipes. The two companies have also received support from Elster Water Metering, a world leader in water metering technology. The trial, at a property in Bath, involved installing a meter on a sewer to monitor the amount of wastewater flowing through it.

Matt Wheeldon, Wessex Water’s head of wastewater strategy said “being able to cheaply, accurately and reliably measure the range of flows that go on inside sewer pipes has up until now not been economically possible. Howerver, this innovative bit of kit, which utilises microwave technology and has nothing invasive in the pipe can measure flows as low as 0.02 litres/second – the tiniest tricle in the invert of the pipe up to virtually full bore flows.”

“If this technology proves to be as good as the trials so far, the ability to mass produce and then send the right supply management signals to customers becomes possible – if a customer thinks that their use of sewerage services is less than average then they might opt for a wastewater meter. The recent Water Act means that all commercial customers will have a choice of supplier from 2017 and this new technology will also give them greater choices on the services they want – including how they are charged.”