The biennial Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring (WWEM) exhibition and conference took place in 2016 in Telford, Shropshire, on a larger and more diverse scale than ever before, particularly for those wishing to catch up on developments in the sector.

Industry professionals, regulators and academics from around the world came to the Telford International Centre on 2-3 November to learn about the latest regulations, technologies, methods and standards.

With eight different conferences - including a co-located IWA conference on ‘big data’, a WIPAC Flow Forum, a SWIG sensor workship, an SCI laboratory conference, a British Water workshop on hydraulic fracturing, a Pump Centre BIM Awareness Day, and a CIWEM water and environment conference - in addition to more than 80 exhibitor workshops and over 140 exhibition stands, WWEM 2016 was predestined to outperform all previous attendance figures.

This year’s exhibition represented more than 250 of the world’s leading providers of testing, analysis and monitoring equipment, and related services, many of whom launched new products at the show.

One of these was VEGA Controls who launched their new VEGAPULS WL S 61 contactless radar level sensor for applications in water and sewage. The company was also presented with MCERTS monitoring certification for a number of its products by CSA Group’s UK Managing Director Ian Rippin during the course of the WWEM gala dinner on the evening of 2 November.

They were among 11 companies to be presented with MCERTS validation at the casino-themed evening. A new MCERTS inspector and assistant inspector were also presented with their certificates.

During the evening, SWIG also announced the top three winners of their Early Career Research Prize, which this year was won by Zoe Goddard from the University of East Anglia for her research on optical profiling to detect iron concentrations in sediment pore water. Zoe was presented with a cheque for £1,200 by Rosa Richards from SWIG and Leo Carswell of WRc. And WRc announced Fred Riseborough and Dale Reece of Anglian Water as the winners of the Instrument Apprentice Competition they ran during the show.

Conference delegates, exhibitors and visitors all found the event to be fruitful and highly informative. I just wished I had had five clones to gather all the information on offer. Bring on WWEM 2018!

Photo courtesy of Douglas Kurn (www.douglaskurn.com)