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WIPAC Project for 2015

The Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group project for 2015 will be the production of a manual of Flow Measurement in Wastewater. The project is supported by the Foundation for Water Research and the aim will be to produce an electronic publication which will be free issued through the WIPAC LinkedIn Group, the Foundation for Water Research and this website.

For those interested please get in touch with Oliver Grievson by clicking here

If there is interest in reviving some of the old WIPAC projects such as the Compendium Project or the WIPAC Directory then please also get in touch

Instrumentation Apprentice Competition a great success

The Instrumentation Apprentice Competition at this year's Water, Wastewater & Environmental Conference was hailed as a great success by participants and sponsoring companies. The competition saw teams from Anglian Water, Thames Water & Welsh Water compete against each other in pairs.

The competition organised by Oliver Grievson of the Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group was sponsored by ABB, Partech Instruments & Siemens & was supported by the WRC and Siris Environmental. The competition saw the teams challenged by a number of different tasks including an initial scenario tasks, practical tasks involving ultrasonic flow meters, electromagnetic flow meters and quality monitors and a final Question & Answer session.

The competition was one by the Anglian Water team of Matthew Stephens & Harry Power who received certificates for their achievement and will be hosted by each of the sponsoring companies for a training day to further develop their instrumentation skills. The runners up were Will Williams & Alexander Smith from Welsh Water with joint third place going to Harry Myers & Dominic Prime (Anglian Water) and Darren Ewer & Kanye Chambers-Blucher (Thames Water).

All of the competitors attended the Gala Dinner in the evening to celebrate their success.

A special thank you must go to each of the sponsoring companies and their representatives including Alan Hunt from ABB, Andrew Wallace from Partech Instruments and John Marsh from Siemens. A special mention must also go to the supporting organisations including Andy Godley & Leo Carswell of the WRC, Nick & Simon Richards of Siris Environmental and last but not least everybody at International Labmate who organise the Water, Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring Conference & Exhibition.


Leo Carswell becomes Chairman of Sensors for Water Interest Group

Leo Carswell, the head of technology, has also taken up the role of Chairman of the Sensors for Water Interest Group following his two year tenure as vice-chairman. Justin Dunning of Chelsea Technology Group has become the new vice-chairman.

Zoe Ayres wins Early Career Researcher Prize

A University of Warwick PhD student has scooped an industry prize for her research into the use of boron-doped diamond (BDD) in water sensors.

Zoe Ayres won the 2014 SWIG Early Career Researcher Competition for her work on a new sensor for monitoring heavy metals in lakes, rivers and other harsh aqueous environments. The sensor, which is under development, uses a BDD electrode to detect and quantify heavy metals that are present in the water source.

Boron-doped diamond makes an ideal electrode material for electrochemical x-ray fluorescence because of its superior electrochemical properties as well as its x-ray transparency. The method under development is potentially cheaper and simpler than the alternatives.

Ayres was presented with a trophy and a cheque for £1,000 for winning the competition, held at the WWEM Conference in Telford last week. Entrants were required to present their work in poster form to the judges, with the posters from the 12 shortlisted researchers on display in the exhibition hall where they attracted attention from industry attendees.

“The whole event has been a fantastic experience and I am greatly honoured to win the Early Career Researcher Prize 2014,” Ayres said. “Research into water sensing is an area of extreme importance, and this was shown by the high quality of the research conducted by the other entrants. Having the opportunity to meet others in the water industry has been invaluable and has created possibilities for collaborative work. Winning the award has also given me the confidence to attend other events to communicate my research. I now look forward to furthering my career in the water sensing field.”

Second prize went to Gary Black of Cranfield University for his research into a non-invasive method for toxicity detection in sewers, while third prize was awarded to Brendan Heery of Dublin City University, for his research into a metabolism-based fluorescence assay and portable device for E.coli quantification in recreational waters.

The SWIG (Sensors for Water Interest Group) Early Career Researcher Prize is run every two years and is open to all ‘early career researchers’ within the first 4 years of employment within this field of expertise. It is intended to raise awareness of technological development and novel applications related to water measurements and promote innovation in sensor research and commercial application.

Zoe Ayers (left) with SWIG Programme Manager Rosa Richards






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