Workshops

W1- W6 $175 – 0.3 CEU | W7 $375 0.6 CEU

Tuesday October 4

  • Cost per half day workshop is $175,
  • lunch is not included
  • 0.3 CEUs for all half day workshops (W1- W6)
  • CEUS have been confirmed for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba participants
  • Tuesday evening Exhibition access included in workshops registration

AM sessions – 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
PM sessions – 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
All Day sessions – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

W1 – Chemical Feed – Practical Applications

8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Presenters: Max Wong, Capital H2O Systems, Harry Chan, Capital H2O Systems

Water and wastewater treatment processes rely heavily on the addition of chemicals.  This workshop provides a practical introduction to the selection and use of chemical feed equipment for chemicals commonly encountered for water and wastewater treatment.  Hands on activity with chemical pumps and analyzers is provided to explain operational and maintenance considerations.
Topics covered

  • Liquid chemical feed
    • Application review
    • Types of equipment
    • Considerations for specific chemicals
    • Components of complete chemical feed systems
    • Equipment troubleshooting
  • Equipment demonstration & Hands on Operations and maintenance discussion
  • Dry chemical feed
    • Application review
    • Types of equipment
    • Systems designed for specific chemicals – polymer, carbon, lime
  • On-line analyzers for water and wastewater treatment

W2 – Nutrient Recovery – Productive Solution of a Common Problem

8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Presenters: Professor Donald S. Mavinic, Ph.D., P. Eng., FCSCE, FEIC, FCAE,  Derek Lycke, MASc, P.Eng, Mike Sadowski, Bsc, P.Eng

This workshop will cover solutions to global phosphorus depletion, challenges with nutrient recovery and operation challenges. The use of biological phosphorus removal at wastewater treatment plant results in high phosphorus concentrations in the sludge stream.  This leads to the formation of struvite scale deposits in sludge treatment infrastructure from digestion onwards and to the cycling of phosphorus in a vicious cycle within the system.  Both of these challenges result in increased operating and capital costs, and threaten treatment reliability. The use of controlled struvite formation from sludge dewatering liquids (thickener subnatant and lagoon supernatant) will allow phosphorus to be removed from the system as a premium quality fertilizer product (magnesium ammonium phosphate).  This will also remove significant quantities of ammonia from the lagoon supernatant.

Topics covered

  • Solution to Global Phosphorus Depletion
  • Challenges with Nutrient Recovery
  • Operation Challenges

W3 – Variable Speed Pumping: Better than Constant Speed Pumping?

8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Presenter:   Bob Hawboldt, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Variable speed pumping is considered to be superior to constant speed pumping in applications where either pressure or flow regulation are required.  But is it?  Given the specific process requirements, the decision to use variable or constant speed pumping can be evaluated and compared on control effectiveness and life cycle cost.  The contents of the workshop are summarized below. The workshop will include examples for each of the primary topics. Course material is based on input to the upcoming update to the Hydraulic Institute’s Application Guideline for Variable Speed Pumping to be published later this year.

Topics covered

  • Basics of pumping system hydraulics
  • Using pump curves for constant and variable speed pumping
    • Basics of pump curves
    • Flow and pressure control
    • Parallel pumping
  • Establishing system requirements
    • Estimating the load profile
    • Defining the operating envelope
  • Pump selection for variable speed pumping
  • Estimating operating costs for constant and variable speed pumping
    • Specific energy
    • Effect of load profile shape
  • Equipment, operation and maintenance considerations

W4 – Wastewater Aeration and Mixing

1:00 –  4:30 pm
Presenters:   G. Michael Furst Jr. P.E

The workshop will cover effective aeration and mixing as part of the biological treatment of wastewater, including different technologies available for bioreactor mixing and aeration, design standards, and operations and maintenance of these systems. Effective aeration and mixing are central to the biological treatment of wastewater. Participants will learn about different technologies available for bioreactor mixing and aeration, design standards, and operations and maintenance of these systems.

Topics covered

  • Mixing
    • Types of Mixing
    • Mixing Theory
    • Industry Standards
    • Available Technologies
    • Materials of Construction
    • Technology Evaluation
    • Features and Benefits
    • Maintenance and Operation
    • Mixing Applications
  • Aeration
    • Aeration Theory
    • Industry Standards
    • Determining Aeration Requirements
    • Types of Aeration
    •  Materials of Construction
    •  Features and Benefits
    •  Applications

W5 – Small Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems – Design and Operational Challenges

1:00 –  4:30 pm
Presenters :  Frank Li (Napier-Reid), Nathan Antonneau (Evoquoa), Ken Johnson (Stantec Consulting), Grant Dixon (ATAP ) and Andrew Stevenson (ATAP), Serge Bastien (MPE Engineering)

Smaller Municipalities often have challenges with meeting the ever changing regulatory environment and meeting the basic operational needs of Water and Wastewater systems. Smaller systems are no different than larger systems and are required to meeting stringent guidelines for water quality and effluent discharge. It is difficult to meet these challenges and access sound technical advice, often due to location and budgetary requirements.
Although the principles for water and wastewater projects are similar regardless of geography, climate and community size, there are opportunities and constraints associated with these specific issues in small and isolated communities. Awareness and consideration of the opportunities and constraints in the project planning phase provides an easier project rollout, and reduces project legacy issues.

In this workshop, experts will share and discuss design challenges associated with small water/ wastewater treatment systems such as system size, technology/equipment selection, package treatment systems, remoteness of installs, etc. The workshop will also focus on identifying specific operational barriers and provide case studies on how some smaller communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan have been able to share resources and expertise to improve their systems and operations. Experts will also share their perspectives on planning, engineering and construction, operation and maintenance, regulatory compliance, and upgrading small treatment facilities in northern climates and remote communities.

Topics covered

  • Package Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems: Experience and Challenges
  • Membrane Bioreactor Systems for Smaller Communities: Design, Startup and Operator Challenges
  • Challenges with Small System Operations
  • Small Water and Wastewater Facilities in Small and Remote Communities – Perspectives on Planning through Operation and Maintenance

W6 – Increasing Communication and Collaboration Effectiveness: Bridging the Gap Between Engineers and Operators SOLD OUT

1:00 –  4:30 pm
Presenter:  Trudy Anne Pelletier, FEA, CEC, Communication Specialist

We speak about it, we seek it, we aspire for it; and yet in reality the experience of it is rare.  What is it? COLLABORATION!

Collaboration is a complex process with ever-changing dynamics and pressures influencing the players.  Whether you are a project manager, team/senior lead or team player, key success factors in being collaborative include interpersonal dynamics and the respective reputations of team members.

The root of successful collaboration is communication.  As human beings, we develop patterns of communication and ways of being that are habitual, and most often hidden from our awareness. Further to this, there are innate enemies of communication we all face which make communication reactionary rather than responsive; creating barriers instead of collaborative partnership.

Get on the court with real issues that you as engineers and operators face, to discover the gap between behaviors and intentions. Learn how to engage stakeholders to solve their own problems, reveal best ideas, increase buy-in, and improve the ability to take the right action to achieve desired results. This is the nature of collaboration as high performers.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Improve communication effectiveness to reduce conflict
  • Increase listening levels
  • Expand capacity for collaboration

Participants Will Learn:

  • The inherent enemies of communication
  • Two models to increase effectiveness in:
    • Communication
    • Leadership
    • Collaboration

W7 Modelling Techniques for Optimizing Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Performance CANCELLED

Unfortunately this session has been cancelled.

Location:  The City of Calgary Water Centre, Main Floor, Elbow River Training Room

Integrating whole plant process simulation with assessment of power requirements and opportunities for energy recovery, consumption of chemicals, sludge disposal costs, etc. enables comprehensive evaluation of process optimization alternatives while meeting effluent limits.  Depending on the level of detail desired in the time available, the topics to be covered in the new release of BioWinTM-5 would include at least the following:

  • Assessing power needs including aeration, mixing, pumping, other mechanical power, site HVAC, heating streams for anaerobic digesters and thermal hydrolysis, etc.
  • Opportunities for energy recovery are important; for example, the use of biogas from digesters in a CHP engine to generate power, useable heat for boilers, and engine exhaust / waste heat. There are many options for using the recovered energy including selling all of the generated power back to the grid or using it to offset peak demand.
  • Process performance evaluation and opex assessment is facilitated if various process control strategies such as ammonia-based aeration control are simulated.

Who Should Attend? 

Process design engineers and operating staff responsible for overall plant performance and operational efficiency.  Workshop participants should have a working familiarity with the BioWinTM wastewater treatment process modeling software, as the material to be presented will be drawn from selected topics in EnviroSim Associates Ltd.’s intermediate and advanced BioWinTM training programs.

Desktop computers will be available; however, workshop participants are welcome to bring their own laptop computers with the most recent version of BioWinTM previously loaded.  Please indicate upon registration if you are planning to bring your own laptop.

Attendance will be capped at a maximum of sixteen (16) participants, selected on the basis of first come, first served registrations.

Workshop Presenter:

Christopher M. Bye, Ph.D., P.Eng. is a Senior Process Engineer with EnviroSim Associates Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario, the developers of the BioWinTM wastewater treatment process modeling software.  He has over 15 years of wastewater treatment process modeling experience in design and process optimization projects across North America, in Europe and in Australia.  He is the lead author or co-author of several technical papers and trade publications, and has made numerous presentations at technical conferences.