Sensileau Academy
Check out our classroom, e-learning or hybrid courses on the application of sensor technologies

Expertise

Sensileau's experts have more than twelve years' experience in organising training courses on field monitoring instruments and online sensors. Our aim is to improve the performance and productivity of water & wastewater utility staff by offering a training programme which supports the development of new knowledge and skills regarding sensor technologies and their practical application.

Target audience

Our training courses are tailored to a wide range of professionals involved in water monitoring, including but not limited to staff members of drinking water utilities, municipal or industrial wastewater utilities, regional or national water authorities, water laboratories or consulting companies. We aim to provide tailor-made training courses, whether at a practical, hands-on level or in a more data-oriented or supervisory capacity.

Course format

Training courses are provided as classroom sessions, e-learning modules, video-presentations or in a hybrid format. Classroom sessions are provided in Dutch or English, depending on the location and the participants. When signing up for a course, participants are asked to indicate their preferred language.

Teachers and course materials

Sensileau's experts organise the training programme in collaboration with experienced teachers in the water space. All teachers are active in the daily practice of water monitoring, and thus have up-to-date knowledge of and experience with current monitoring technologies being deployed in the water industry. Course materials are provided in digital format to facilitate participation anywhere in the world.

Number of participants

The minimum number of participants for a course to commence is ten, the maximum number per course is twenty. A specific date will be indicated for the more popular training courses, so that participants can sign up for a course at a preferred date. For other courses, we use an open registration model, meaning that a course date will be set only after ten or more people have indicated their interest.

Proof of participation

All participants receive a certificate of attendance after completing the training course. For some of the more advanced courses, a formal test or practical assignment can be part of the training course, and the certificate will then include an indication of the achievements of the participant.

The video explains the general set-up of our course programme for 2023.

Courses are offered at two different levels: fundamental and advanced. Fundamental courses typically include the following components:

  • introduction to the parameter(s) addressed in the training course
  • basic chemical or biological background knowledge needed to understand the detection principle of the parameter(s)
  • measurement principles for the detection of the parameter(s)
  • conditions for application of online/field monitoring instruments for the parameter(s)

The advanced course typically includes:

  • quality assurance and quality control of the parameter(s) to be monitored online/on site
  • design and implementation of a suitable monitoring strategy for the parameter(s)
  • data collection and evaluation, and conversion of data into actionable information

Express Your Interest

Interested in one or more of our training courses planned for 2023? Let us know by completing the interest form, with no obligations attached. When ten or more people express their interest in the course in your preferred language, you will be notified immediately, and you can convert your expression of interest into a registration.

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Can't find what you are looking for?

Is the topic of your interest not in the course list? Are you interested in an in-house training course tailored to the sensor technologies used at your organisation? Let us know and we will contact you to discuss tailor-made  training options.

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Introduction to Online Sensor Technologies

This course covers the basics of online sensor technology for the water industry. The most commonly used online sensor techniques will be explained, including colorimetric analysers, ion-selective electrodes (ISEs), optical sensors, early warning systems and biosensors. For each technology type, benefits, drawbacks and operational conditions are discussed.

Level: Fundamental
Number of sessions in this course: 2
Next course date: 23 Feb / 30 Mar 2023

Nutrient Monitoring

In this course, we will discuss monitoring technologies for nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) in surface water, wastewater and drinking water. The course covers online optical, electrochemical and colorimetric methods for the detection of nutrients in water, and provides the participants with the necessary knowledge to select the most suitable technology for any particular application.

Level: Fundamental
Number of sessions in this course: 1
Next course date: to be determined

Algae & Cyanobacteria

This course focuses on the similarities of and differences between three laboratory methods and two field monitoring methods for the quantification of algae and cyanobacteria. The advanced course includes principles of quality assurance and quality control measures for these methods, the design and execution of a suitable monitoring strategy, and the evaluation of monitoring data.

Level: Fundamental or Advanced
Number of sessions in each course: 2
Next course date: to be determined

Early Warning Systems

Early Warning Systems (EWS) for the rapid detection of water quality issues can be based on chemical fingerprinting technologies or biological effect monitoring techniques using live organisms, tissues or cells. This course explains the most commonly used techniques in water monitoring and how to apply these in e.g. intake monitoring or wastewater treatment protection.

Level: Fundamental or Advanced
Number of sessions in each course: 2
Next course date: to be determined

Bacteria & Viruses

Since the start of the Covid-pandemic, virus detection in wastewater has become world news. Especially in recent years, many ways to detect micro-organisms in water rapidly have been developed. This course presents them in a clear overview, including the benefits and drawbacks of each method, to facilitate the selection of the right solution for solving specific microbial water quality issues.

Level: Fundamental
Number of sessions in each course: 1
Next course date: to be determined

Complex Parameters

This course covers the latest developments in sensor technologies for  complex parameters such as pesticides, PFAS and microplastics. During this course, the possibilities of novel detection technologies such as the use of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers in combination with electrochemical detection will be discussed in relation to current water monitoring challenges.

Level: Fundamental
Number of sessions in each course: 1
Next course date: to be determined

Costs

Courses can consist of one or multiple sessions. A session includes four hours of training.  The teaching expert(s) will be available after the training session to answer additional questions by e-mail or telephone.

Course levelCosts per session - ClassroomCosts per session - Digital/E-learning
Fundamental€ 195€ 155
Advanced€ 229€ 189