SWIG news – e-newsletter No 23

February 27th, 2018

SWIG winter newsletter

Welcome to the winter newsletter for SWIG members! We are looking forward to a bumper year of events, and we’re busy planning our next biennial Sensing in Water conference on 27-28 September.

We are pleased to announce a new lower student delegate rate of £20 inc VAT for our workshops from 1 April 2017. The SWIG Board is keen to encourage the next generation of water sensor experts to attend our events, and this new rate will be on offer for the foreseeable future and the success of its uptake reviewed.

We have some great discounts for SWIG members, and a couple of free places at external events – read on for offers available exclusively to SWIG members.

We just held a workshop on Market Opening to hear what the opportunities for sensors and instrumentation would be. The speakers were excellent, with some interesting discussions generated and tweeted and as ever the presentations are available to download from the website. A write up by the Chairman Chris Jones, is also provided below.

Looking ahead to 2017 we have a broad programme of events, with something for everyone:

Followed by our next Sensing in Water 2017 conference and exhibition (27 & 28 September 2017). We are excited to announce, hot of the press, our call for papers and opportunities for sponsorship – please see below for more details.

If you are interested in presenting at any of these events, please drop me a line. We are always interested in hearing expressions of interest to present, or topics you would like us to cover in future.

The below newsletter includes the following items of interest:

  1. More details on the Smart Wastewater Networks, 8 March, Liverpool which is proving popular – book now to avoid disappointment!
  2. Forward programme of SWIG events
  3. Market Opening write up
  4. Call for Papers: Low Cost Sensors, 5 July, Southampton
  5. Call for Papers: SiW 2017
  6. Sponsorship opportunities: SiW 2017
  7. Notice of EGM to approve adoption of new Articles of Assocation
  8. Free places for SWIG members
  9. Discounts for SWIG members
  10. Call for a Partner for field trial of biological water monitoring technology
  11. Call for Research partner from NEL
  12. External calls for papers, funding opportunities, competition for a N sensor for a septic system of interest to the water sensor community

We continue to get good feedback from our events. Just a selection of comments from attendees at our Modelling workshop in September:

  • Very informative” (a supplier);
  • “Excellent” (an academic);
  • Very good and competent speakers” (a regulator)
  • it was good to catch up and hopefully a business opportunity as well!” (a supplier)

If you like what you hear in this e-newsletter – please spread the word about SWIG by using the Tweet & Like buttons at the bottom of this email.

If you are proud of being a member of SWIG and would like to shout about this useful networking and knowledge sharing group, we can provide the SWIG logo for you to include on your website with a link to the SWIG website. Just get in touch with me to ask for the logo.

We hope you find this newsletter useful read.
See you at a workshop soon!

Rosa Richards, Programme Manager for SWIG

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Next SWIG workshop

8 March 2017: Smart Wastewater Networks,

Kindly sponsored by Mouchel

Chaired by: Oliver Grievson, Anglian Water

Location: Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

Programme: draft final agenda

Overview: The use of sensors in the Wastewater Network has been sparse and far between. The complexity of wastewater collection has meant that this development within the Wastewater industry has been delayed. However with the requirement for event duration monitoring, improvements in sensor technologies and modelling software, the industry is starting to develop improved methods of managing the Wastewater Network.

In this SWIG Workshop on Smart Wastewater Networks we will discuss the drivers and developments in the Wastewater Network.

Cost: £86.00 inc VAT for SWIG members.  £156 inc VAT for non-members. £43 for students. Literature may be distributed for a fee of £65 and a limited number of table top displays are available at £124 each.

Booking: please use the online booking form or contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

SWIG Forward Workshop programme

8 Mar 2017: Smart wastewater networks, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool kindly sponsored by Mouchel

3 May 2017 (change of date): Specification & installation of sensors – ‘giving the sensor the best chance’, Principality Stadium, Cardiff kindly sponsored by VEGA

24 May 2017: Leakage, kindly hosted by NEL, Glasgow including SWIG EGM during the lunch break and an optional tour of the test facilities – places limited so book soon!

5 July 2017: Low cost sensors, kindly hosted by the University of Southampton

27-28 September 2017: Sensing in Water conference & exhibition, Nottingham please see below for details of the – call for papers and sponsorship opportunities.

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

For offers of presentations for the 2017 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.

Market Opening workshop – write up

Two months ahead of the go-live date, delegates at SWIG’s market opening workshop gathered to discuss what the opening of the non-household water retail market meant for the water sensing and measurement community. Market opening is expected to deliver more choice for customers, in the process driving service differentiation, innovative business models and lower charges – we will all need to think differently, even disruptively.

Customer-centric information is critical to the smooth working of the market, an important difference in how data pertaining to supply points, meters and water usage has been viewed previously. Customers will be expecting quick and easy access to their information, to both reduce their admin costs for bill processing and to gain deeper insights into their use of water and wastewater services – they want to be in control of their water usage. Retail companies will be engaging customers to determine their needs and will be expecting wholesalers to be similarly engaged in delivering the solutions. Retailers will be challenged to find efficiencies in meter reading, processing and billing and will be expected to offer services to enable water efficiency and reduce losses. Meter replacement is likely to come under greater scrutiny, driven by the tension between capital costs and revenue lost through meter-under registration; meter accuracy / calibration and meter stock management will therefore become more important. Clearly there are opportunities for innovation in data acquisition, management and analytics.

There is a note of caution to be struck: the non-household market is likely to be very fragmented making it difficult to develop broadly generic services and products; the environment (wet, cold and dirty) will challenge metering and communications technology, and increase product costs; the means by which information is provided to non-household customers (point of use displays, mobile apps, management dashboards) can be seen as gimmicky and perceived as adding to the cost rather than the service.

It is clearly hard to define exactly what the role of the measurement and sensing community will be in the new regulatory environment. What everyone agrees on is that the companies that most actively embrace market opening, be they retail, wholesale or supply chain, will be the ones that get the most out of it.

Chris Jones, R&D Manager, Northumbrian Water Ltd & SWIG Director

Call for papers: Low Cost Sensors Workshop 5 July, Southampton

Call for papers: Low cost sensors workshop, 5 July 2017, kindly hosted by the University of Southampton

The increasing interest in the Internet of things and the drive for ‘sensors everywhere’ has resulted in an increased requirement for low cost sensors.  This is beginning to become a reality partly due to increased global competition in the sensor supply market.  Although sensor cost reductions in the water and environmental monitoring sector has been achieved in recent years, it is debateable as to whether this has been significant enough to impact on numbers of sensors fitted or deployed.

The SWIG Low Cost Sensor workshop will address where the Water Utility and Environmental Monitoring sectors currently stand in use of low cost sensors, and will provide some case studies demonstrating how water and catchment management have benefited so far from advances in this area.  Examples from other industry sectors will also be presented to provide an insight into benefits gained within these sectors, and inform on how these can be translated into water monitoring requirements.  Within this theme, the workshop will also include presentations from academics working on novel inexpensive sensors to provide some foresight into sensor systems for the (near) future.

SWIG seeks abstracts from end users in particular (water companies, regulators etc) with case studies on the application of low cost sensors. Please send an abstract (100 words max) to rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2017

Call for Papers: Sensing in Water Conference, 27-28 Sept 2017, Nottingham

Call for Papers: Sensing in Water 2017, 27-28 Sept 2017, Nottingham Belfry

Meaningful measurement from the micro to the macro scale’

SWIG is seeking abstracts from end users, regulators, designers and engineers, researchers and manufacturers of water sensors & related technology on the following themes:

– On new and evolving sensing technologies for improved detection of chemical and biological targets in water.  A focus on future sensing technologies and their application would be within scope and presentations that highlight innovation and commercialisation are particularly welcome.

– On the treatment works the sensor has the important role of telling the operator what is happening and controlling the various treatment systems. Presentations that discuss the role on the sensor and how it can inform the operator to help protect compliance and increase efficiency are welcome.

– Water and wastewater networks, remote and buried infrastructure – assets that are critical in the provision of water and environmental services. We are looking for examples of novel solutions or creative applications of technology that illustrate how monitoring and measurement at the network scale is delivering value for stakeholders.

–  Sensors for Catchments – presentations on catchment monitoring using remote, portable or strategic environmental sensing systems.

Please note that the proposed presentations should strongly relate to use of sensors within the water industry. For consideration in the programme for SiW 2017, please send an abstract (100 words max) to rosa.richards@swig.org.uk stating which theme your presentation would fit into. Presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length.

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 March 2017

Sensing in Water 2017: Opportunities for Sponsorship

The following items are available for sponsorship:

1. Conference bags (~£400-£600)

2. Your leaflet in delegates’ bag (£67)

3. Pre-dinner drinks (offers considered)

4. Conference dinner drinks (offers considered)

5. Book a whole table to host clients (£500)

If you are interested in any of these options, please contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk or call 01934 830658

Proposed new Articles of Association for SWIG – notice of EGM

We have received legal advice on updating the SWIG Articles of Association (which currently date back to 1996), to bring them up to date with new Company Law and make them more user friendly. There are no proposed major changes in terms of how SWIG operates and therefore no proposed significant changes to our service to our members.

We will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 24 May 2017 as part of the Leakage workshop, to outline the proposed changes and request our members to approve adoption of the revised Articles. All members are welcome to attend the EGM to be held at 13:15 at NEL, East Kilbride, Glasgow G75 0QF.

Free places available to SWIG members

As part of the media contra agreements in place with the below WWT events, we have a free delegate place on offer to a SWIG member for the following events:

  • WWT Water Industry Asset Management Conference, 10 May 2017, Birmingham
  • WWT Water Industry Energy Conference, 13 June 2017, Birmingham

The free place will be allocated on a first come first served basis. In return all we ask is that you represent SWIG, and help to spread the word about SWIG at the conference. SWIG marketing materials will be available at the conference.

If you would like to take up one of the above free places, please contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

Discounts for SWIG members

23 Feb 2017: WWT Water Northern Ireland

Now in it’s 8th year, the WWT Water Northern Ireland Conference & Exhibition is the only event that brings all the major stakeholders together to address the economic, environmental and customer service challenges facing the Northern Ireland water sector.

SWIG member discount: SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount – use the discount code SWIG15 on registration on the website

21 March 2017: WWT Smart Water Networks Conference, Birmingham

The 2nd WWT Smart Water Networks Conference is the essential event for water and wastewater professionals looking to enhance business success through smart technologies and data solutions.

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount to attend this event. Register now and enter SWIG15 into the promo code box.

For further info and to register, see the website

26-27 Apr 2017: IET Water: Operational Technology and Data: Real Time Systems for the Water Industry

Attend the only UK conference solely about water engineering, and hear the latest updates on topics including cyber security in the water industry, lessons learned from AMP 5, AMP 6 and future plans (including competition) and innovations in the use of asset management performance data.

For further info and to book a place see the website

SWIG Members are entitled to the IET member rate, saving you £50 per place. Also water company employees can attend for just £150!

10 May 2017: WWT Water Industry Asset Management Conference

The 5th annual WWT Water Industry Asset Management Conference is the only industry event for senior strategy, regulation, asset management, capital delivery and engineering leaders within water companies and tier 1 contractors.

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount to attend this event. Register now online and enter SWIG15 into the promo code box.

13 June 2017: WWT Water Industry Energy Conference

The 4th WWT Water Industry Energy Conference is the essential event for water industry professionals tasked with managing and generating energy and building resilience into their businesses.

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount to attend this event. Register now online and enter SWIG15 into the promo code box.



Call for a partner for a field trial of Waterscope

We are pleased to advertise an exciting call for a partner to field test cutting edge biological water monitoring technology:

“Call for partner: field trial in the UK of WaterScope, by WaterScope International Inc, Hungary.

WaterScope Inc. is looking for a distributor and also a partner to undertake a field trial of a new real-time biological water monitoring technology. We are striving to expand our activity to UK therefore we are looking for distribution and a pilot (test field) partner.

Our Company is focused on providing reliable, cost effective and real-time biological water monitoring solution. Monitoring includings detection, classification and counting algae and other microscopic organisms in water.  WaterScope represents a new approach in the field of microscopy using volumetric analysis method. As an improved technology it goes beyond the traditional 2D approach. It provides explicitly more data making the water quality testing process time efficient.

Through partners Waterscope is being introduced to waterworks, water treatment plants and systems, algae and fish farms, aquacultures and laboratories.

For more information please feel free to contact:
Mr. Istvan Masa
Business Development Manager
Phone: +36 30 244 8031

Headquarters: 1047 Budapest, Baross str. 79-89.
Waterscope International Inc.


Call for Research Partner from NEL

NEL have been a leader in flow measurement testing, consultancy and research for over 70 years from their laboratory in Glasgow. As a National Measurement Institute NEL manage the UK standard and primary reference for flow and take part in a wide range of UK and overseas research programmes. One of these is the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR).

EMPIR have a funding call open looking at research projects that will develop measurement methods and techniques for industrial applications to drive innovation in industrial production and facilitate new or significantly improved products. At this stage NEL are proposing to take part in two areas of research and are inviting companies to register interest in participating in the projects.  Participation can be as much or as little as companies want – depending on how important to your business you feel the research topics are.

The two topics are:

1.     Developing a standard approach for condition based calibrations. This includes research into the use of diagnostics to validate the performance of instrumentation for fluid flow and understanding dynamic process conditions such as pulsating flow or changes in fluid properties etc

2.     Metrology for a real-world assessment of domestic water meters

If you would be interested in finding out more about the research or to take part in them, please contact David Learmonth at NEL – david.learmonth@tuv-sud.co.uk

External Calls

Call for Papers: CCWI Intelligent Water Systems Conference, 5-7 September 2017, Sheffield

15th International Computing & Control in the Water Industry Conference

Papers addressing Water Distribution, Sewer (Collection), Sustainable Urban Drainage and related Water Systems are welcome.

Deadline for Abstract Submission – 1st March 2017

Deadline for Full Paper Submission – 1st July 2017

For further info see the website


Call for speakers and posters: Emerging Analytical Professsionals – Theory of Everything Conference

Deadline: Poster abstract – 31st March 2017

Building on the success of previous events, the EAP weekend provides networking and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for early career analytical scientists across all disciplines, open to both industry and academia.  Each year we include general interest talks as well as specialist lectures, CPD and back to basics sessions.

Our 2017 theme, ‘The Theory of Everything – Launching the Careers of Analytical Scientists’ is encompasses everything that facilitates sharing of knowledge and experience between a diverse group of analytical scientists.  Topics will include (but are not limited to) Analytical Chemistry, Environmental, Forensic and Clinical Science. Please see the website for more information.

We are looking for ‘Bright Sparks’ to present a 20 minute talk (including questions); the subject may be related to their current research or job role. The ‘Bright Spark’ category is for early career industry professionals or researchers (including PhD students) who might not have presented to a large audience before. Outstanding presentations are awarded prizes of £150 donated by EAP sponsors.

To submit a poster abstract please visit the website


Call for Papers & Posters: AAMG Sensors 2017 – Smart Chemical and Biological Sensing Technologies Conference & Exhibition, 16 June 2017, London

This is the ninth annual AAMG Conference concerning monitoring and analysis using sensor technologies. The conference will examine the design and application of materials and development of smart sensors and technologies for monitoring medical, biological and other related processes.  Sessions will feature presentations by invited speakers supplemented by presentations selected from submission of abstracts, on a variety of topics in the following areas:

  • Key enabling technologies and monitoring systems for smart sensors.
  • Electrochemical and optical (colour changing) smart sensors.
  • Smart sensors and materials for chemical, biochemical and medical monitoring.
  • Informatics in smart sensing applications – communication and data analysis.

Deadline for abstracts for presentations or posters: 7 April 2017

For further details see the website


Call for Open Knowledge Exchange Fellowships: NERC

Opening date on Je-S: 26 February 2017

Closing date on Je-S: 16:00 on 27 April 2017

Interview dates: 13 & 14 June 2017 in Birmingham

NERC wishes to award a number of Knowledge Exchange (KE) fellowships. KE Fellows work between 20% and 80% of their time on a work plan of their own choosing to generate impact from NERC-funded research in their host institution. The KE Fellowships will cover 100% of the Fellow’s salary on a pro-rata basis including superannuation, NI and specific allowances, plus up to £40k for travel and other associated costs. They cover direct costs only and do not include overheads. There is no budget limit for salary costs and applications are particularly welcomed from individuals who are working at a senior level within a department or school. The KE Fellow must be employed by their host institution for the duration of their fellowship.

For further info see the website


US EPA Technology Challenge Competition: Nitrogen sensor for a septic system

Award: $20,000 USD

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) (the Seeker) in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) seeks to identify and spur development of technologies to monitor nitrogen concentration in effluent from advanced Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS). Phase I of this Challenge program is an Ideation Challenge to gain a better understanding of low cost sensor technology that could be utilized to detect and measure nitrate and ammonium, or total nitrogen in the effluent of advanced OWTS. If this initial Ideation is successful, future phases of the Septic Challenge program will include prototype development and testing.

For further info see the website

The deadline for submissions is 17 March 2017


NERC Announcement of Funding Opportunity: Environmental Risks to Infrastructure

As part of the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme (ERIIP), NERC invites Expressions of Interest (EoI) for innovation projects which apply existing research to industry challenges.

For this third ERIIP funding call NERC are encouraging proposals that address the challenges of ERIIP members  as well as fill gaps in the portfolio of themes, hazards and sectors within the scope of the programme- as described in the Announcement of Opportunity.

Brokerage Event: 15 March 2017

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 16:00 on 3 May 2017

Deadline for Full proposals: 11 July 2017

For more information please see the call webpage