SWIG news – e-newsletter No 18

October 15th, 2015

Hello and a warm welcome to the summer newsletter from SWIG to update you on our activities and water sensing news. We hope you are enjoying the sunshine, summer seems to be here at last!We are busy planning our our big biennial Sensing in Water conference & exhibition in September, the draft programme has now been published and we have a fantastic line up of speakers including various water companies. See below for more details, but remember to book and pay by 17 July if you wish to take up the early bird discount!

We currently have a call for papers for our Innovation brokerage workshop in November which aims to identify potential technologies, collaboration, and exploitation opportunities in the area of sensor technologies developed for use in water.

Other items of interest include:

  • Updated SWIG forward workshop programme;
  • Free places at external events – to represent SWIG
  • Lots of discounts at external events for SWIG members;
  • A call for testers for a catchment monitoring phone app;
  • Funding opportunities;
  • Water industry news items including the Siemens Integrated Drives Systems Roadshow, UK Water Partnership and a Technology Challenge about Septicity in Sewerage Systems.

We continue to get good feedback from our events. Delegates at our Big Data workshop in April said:

  • “SWIG has helped us through networking opportunities”;
  • “I’ve made contacts at the EA – it was useful. I introduced a new sensor for real time COD to a speaker.”

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

Sensing in Water 2015 – early bird discount ends 17 July

Book soon if you wish to take advantage of the early bird discount! To qualify book & pay by 17 JulyWe are currently busy organising our big biennieal conference & exhibition in September.

Key note speakers include:

  • Martin Kane, Chief Engineering Officer at Severn Trent Water on day 1, and
  • Doug Wilson, Director of Scientific & Evidence Services, Environment Agency on day 2.

The draft programme of speakers has now been published!

Table tops are going fast! 71% have been sold already so book soon to avoid disappointment!

Places on the gala dinner are also going fast. Places are limited so please do book soon for what will be a great evening for networking and a fascinating after dinner speech on water management in the ancient world by Prof Stephen Mithen of the University of Reading.

Next SWIG workshop – Call for Papers

25 November 2015: Innovation workshop, Warwick Conferences, University of WarwickThere is a wealth of new technology and innovation being developed in UK universities which often translates into the development of new products in industry.  Successful translation and exploitation of academic research depends on recognising potential and forming necessary collaborations.  This SWIG Innovation workshop is designed to bring together academic research groups and interested companies to identify potential technologies, collaboration, and exploitation opportunities in the area of sensor technologies developed for use in water.

The need for new sensor technologies for water is often driven by legislation and the need for regular measurements at lower concentrations, or the need for more rapid or more reliable measurements made at remote sensing sites.  This encompasses a wide range of technologies that are used for measuring physical, chemical or biological parameters in or of water.  For examples sensors that measure water pressure, height or chemical and biosensors for measuring dissolved components, pollutants or microorganisms.  How remote sensors and sensor networks communicate reliably and securely, energy harvesting and data management are other important technology areas that form part of a modern water sensing system.

Call for papers: Universities and companies are invited to promote their research and technologies and submit a paper for presentation at the above workshop. Please send an abstract (100 words max) to rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 3rd October 2015


Forward Workshop Programme

27 Jan 2015: Marine Monitoring (working title), kindly hosted by Dublin City University. More details soon.March 2015: Optimising Control of fouling with Smart Sensors. more details soon

April 2015: Robotics & autonomous systems (working title), more details soon

May 2015: Back to basics: Flow more details soon

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

For offers of presentations for the 2015/16 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.

Free places for SWIG members at external events

We have been offered one free delegate place at each of the below events, and as the SWIG Directors are unable to attend we would like to offer these out to our members:- 16 Sept 2015 Sustainable Water: Integrated Water Resources Management Conference, Birmingham

17 Sept 2015: Sustainable Water: Water Industry Energy & Carbon Management Conference, Birmingham

If you would be willing to represent SWIG at one of these events, please get in touch: rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Discounts for SWIG members

16-17 Sept 2015: Sustainable Water Hilton Birmingham MetropoleDay 1: Integrated Water Resources Management – will examine the challenges of balancing economics and the environment and provide a timely opportunity to consider the next stages in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.

Day 2: Water Industry Energy & Carbon Management Conference – For day 2 – This CPD-certified event examines the challenges of reducing energy usage, cost and carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy investment.

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount to attend this event which, if booked before the 17th July can also be used in conjunction with the Early Bird rate!

For day 1 – Register online and enter code SWIG15IWRM into the promotional code box.

For day 2 – Register now at www.wwt-energy.net and enter code SWIG15WIEC into the promotional code box.

7 Oct 2015: Water Scotland, Crowne Plaza, Glasgow

Scotland’s water industry is entering the implementation phase for the 2015-2021 cycle. The whole sector is moving towards increased collaboration on how best to deliver the customer outcomes, infrastructure and environmental targets laid out in SR15.

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount to attend this event which, if booked before the 24 July can also be used in conjunction with the Early Bird rate! Register now enter code WS15SWIG into the promotional code box.

12-13 Oct 2015: 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 registering, please use the discount code: SWIG10

9-11 Nov 2015: European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference, Manchester

The conference remains the best technical sludge event in Europe and provides attendees the opportunity to hear from some of the most high-profile industry experts and network with over 200 like-minded people. The programme will continue to cover 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 registering, please use the discount code: SWIG10

Call for testers – catchment monitoring

Testers required for catchment monitoring phone app!Researchers from Cardiff and Bristol Universities have developed a ‘virtual notepad’ phone app for collecting water quality data from catchments. The ‘WISECAM’ (Wireless Sensors for Catchment Monitoring) app allows users to enter geo-located, time-stamped data whilst they are in the field, which is automatically uploaded to an accessible online database when the phone returns to a wifi connection. It supports water quality (NO3-, PO43-, NH4+, turbidity) and physical (electrical conductivity, temperature, pressure) measurements, and also allows users to include field notes. Pressure readings are automatically converted to water depth by using the nearest met office barometric observation. The app was developed by Natural Apptitude, who also created the ‘Nature Locator’ app family (iRecord Butterflies, AquaInvaders, PlantTracker, MammalTracker). The app is undergoing testing at the moment, and the research term would love river observers to try it out and suggest improvements.

It is available free of charge, and access to the database is also free. If you can help out, please contact Dr Liz Bagshaw, Cardiff School of Earth and Ocean Sciences: bagshawe@cardiff.ac.uk

Funding opportunities

KTN Innovation Vouchers Round 12Innovation vouchers worth up to £5k are available to pay for an external expert to help your business grow. This advice could be used for a novel idea or design for your business or for intellectual property advice. Alternatively vouchers can be used to buy time and support on specialist equipment or facilities.

For further info see the website

Deadline: 12 noon, 21 July 2015

Electronics, sensors and photonics – Technology Inspired Innovation Competition is Now Open

Innovate UK is to invest up to £3 million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas that underpin future UK growth: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communication technology (ICT).

The aim of this competition is to ensure that small and micro businesses in the UK are well positioned to respond to market opportunities across a range of economic sectors. Studies must be led by a business. Projects are open to companies of any size, but must be led by a small or micro company, working in collaboration with one or more business or research partners.

For further info see the website

The deadline for applications is at noon on 9 September 2015.

REBus – Free consultancy to Innovate Your Business Model and Make it More Profitable

REBus is a LIFE+ funded project led by WRAP with partners including the KTN. Its aim is to demonstrate how businesses and their supply chains can implement resource efficient or “circular” business models and in so doing improve resilience, profitability and growth.

The REBus programme is offering the opportunity for selected companies to get in-depth free support on circular economy business models and is now looking for a select group of approximately 20 small and medium sized organisations that have identified an opportunity but would benefit from assistance to turn it into a commercial reality.

The programme can support a limited number of SMEs in the electronics sector. Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, so make sure you don’t miss out!

To find out more about your eligibility and complete a short expression of interest form. You can also follow REBus on Twitter (@rebuslife) or sign up to the newsletter via the website: http://www.rebus.eu.com/

16 Sept 2015 ACQUEAU Workshop – Making Water Smarter,  Paris, France

The 2nd ACQUEAU workshop hosted by Bpifrance. Co-organised with NRC Canada this workshop will offer a deep insight into real time system and water management. Monitoring systems, mapping, data management and low energy communication tools will be the main topics addressed by the speakers. SMEs, national funding agencies, research institutes and large enterprises from Europe and Canada will be involved in the event.

The afternoon will include a brokerage session for the ACQUEAU Open call. For further info see the website

Water industry news

2-22 July 2015 Integrated Drives Systems Roadshow 2015, at venues nationwideThe challenges you face every day, such as getting to grips with the new Energy Efficiency standards or understanding trends like digitalisation, are increasing and growing more complex. Whether for process or discrete applications, integration is the key to ensuring the future-proof implementation of your drive applications.

At the IDS Roadshow, you’ll discover how the three levels of Siemens Integrated Drives Systems can help increase productivity, reliability and efficiency – ensuring shorter time to profit for your business. Siemens will show you how the only true complete solution on the market for entire drive trains delivers lasting, measurable added value, tailored to your needs.

Why attend?
– A great opportunity to hear from experts at Siemens
– Hear about real life examples and best practice sharing
– A valuable networking opportunity.

For further info see the website

UK Water Partnership launched in 2015

The UK Water Partnership is a new private-public partnership bringing together industry, policymakers and the research community to provide the key to unlocking a $500bn global water market and tackling water security issues though a strategic approach to research, innovation and global clients.

It has two primary goals:

  • To improve understanding, cooperation and coordination across the diverse water community, allowing the UK to respond more effectively to the challenges of global water security and the need for resilience in a changing environment.
  • To more effectively deliver and implement research outputs and innovation, so that the UK wins a greater share of the global water market.

A new discussion paper (June 2015) has flagged up fundamental challenges for the UK to address as a matter of priority to develop water resilient cities and highlighted key areas where further research is needed..

Technology Challenge – Septicity in Sewerage Systems

Anglian Water is looking to address an increasingly common issue: that of septicity in sewage with extended residence times in wet wells and rising mains. If you believe that you have a solution to this problem that will reduce the transportation and use of chemicals then please get in touch via the Water Innovation Network which is working with Anglian to source appropriate technologies.