Conference Agenda

Plenary 14: Monitoring and Associated Technologies 3 - New Concepts
Friday, 26/Aug/2022:
1:20pm - 2:30pm

Session Chair: Slobodan Djordjević
Location: Lecture Hall BMT

BMTEG138 (HS BMT), Biomedical Engineering Building at Stremayrgasse 16, 8010 Graz, ground floor

1:20pm - 1:40pm

An innovative, low-cost, small MAD-AS sampler for wastewater sampling in the sewage network


Monash University, Australia

An innovative low-cost sampler is developed which can be easily installed in the sewage network to take time-weighted composite samples. The sampler can fulfil different sampling requirements by uploading a custom program to the Arduino based sampler. After the comparison between the innovative low-cost sampler and the traditional autosampler, the results showed that the innovative low-cost sampler is able to provide a reliable result in bacteria indicators (E.coli and Enterococci) and specific virus (SARS-CoV-2). In this case, the innovative low-cost sampler can be applied in wastewater sampling projects for high spatially distributed sewage sampling.

1:40pm - 2:00pm

Molecular analysis of soil and water from urban flood sites to identify seasonal changes in health risk from microbial communities

Sophie Scutt1, James Shucksmith1, Henriette Jensen1, Jacqueline Diaz-Nieto2, Isabel Douterelo1

1Univeristy of Sheffield, United Kingdom; 2Severn Trent Water, United Kingdom


  • Effects of climate change- causing extreme hydrological events- increases occurences of urban floods.
  • Floodwater contains potentially dangerous levels of disease causing pathogenic bacteria,
  • Lab and field work, along with flow cytometry and next generation DNA sequencing used to determine the behaviour of pathogens and their mobility and movement in urban soils.

2:00pm - 2:20pm

Characterisation and development of a novel low-cost radar velocity and depth sensor

Stephen Catsamas, Baiqian Shi, Miao Wang, David McCarthy

Monash Univserity, Australia

The monitoring of urban waste and stormwater systems is fundimental to the assesment of their health and functionality. Current commercial solutions for monitoring water depth and velocity are expensive and labour intensive to install. New low-cost sensing technologies achieve orders of magnitude improvements in deployment labour and costs, enabling monitoring of waterways at a higher resolution than previously feasible. Here we present the development and characterisation of a field-ready radar depth and velocity sensor. We find that the sensor presents a linear response with error in the gradient of less than 6% and 4% for velocity and depth respectively.