At the recent 116th ISPE One-Day seminar, held near Hemel Hempstead, ISPE Vice President Colin Day announced that the day’s attendance of over 50 delegates was the highest attendance at an ISPE Seminar since November 2008.
The morning’s sessions looked at various aspects of water treatment and water problems and there were seven, 15-minute presentations. Mike Causer, MISPE, from Dryden Aqua, covered Phosphates and later Cyanuric Acid; Jimmy Lamb, TnISPE(Cert.) from Pollet Pools, talked about Flocculation and gave a second presentation in three parts looking at Salt Generation, Activated Oxygen and Chlorine Dioxide; Dr Ian Hague from Suez Water UK, looked at UV systems in pool water, and Colin Day from Lovibond Tintometer, discussed High Sulphates and Turbidity Tests.
The afternoon sessions offered delegates a chance to network, meet other ISPE members and their colleagues, chat with the speakers and swap experiences, there was the short ISPE Annual General Meeting, covering the official business of the company, followed by the 2017 ISPE Awards.
At the start of the awards, Colin Day said that only seven of the 19 successful students who passed their ISPE exams in March were present, and they were each given their ISPE Technician certificate, together with an ISPE lapel badge.
Colin then introduced three special guests, Edward Campbell-Salmon, MISPE, from Plastica Ltd, Peter Adlington, MISPE, from Plastipack Ltd, and Patrick Thorpe, MISPE (now retired, but formerly from Certikin International) winners of the ISPE Fellowships, presented to selected ISPE Members for an outstanding contribution to the swimming pool industry, but to the Institute in particular.
Edward presented the Gartside Cup to the 2017 Student of the Year, for the highest overall marks in the 2017 ISPE Exams, with Mark Daniels from Home Counties (Horsham) taking the crown. Peter Adlington then presented the Peter Horne Memorial Cup – donated by Asher Pools – to Alistair Allen from Poolcare Services for the highest result in their Chemicals exam.