Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania

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Workshops

The IWC Continuing Ed Workshop program is designed to provide practical information that includes a basic understanding of the topic as well as detailed case studies.

Workshops are presented by experts in the field and are loaded with technical content, not sales information. Each workshop will provide an opportunity for a technical exchange between the students, the instructor and other workshop participants. IWC workshops provide attendees four professional development hours (PDHs) and a certificate of completion.

The fee for workshops is $250 each, with a $100 discount for 2 or more.  Purchase the workshop package of 1/1A, 2/2A, 3/3A combination and receive a $150 discount.

 

Sunday, 11/7/2021; 1:00-5:00 PM

W-01: Water Treatment 101
Dennis McBride, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO

Water Treatment 101 This workshop is a great introductory course covering many of the basic concepts of industrial water treatment. It will address unit operations (clarification, filtration, lime/soda ash softening, iron and manganese removal, membrane filters, and roughing demineralizers) used in water preparation for industry with emphasis on power, chemical industry, and refineries. It includes treatment of cooling water systems as well as boiler water makeup. Wastewater generated by these unit operations and their treatment and disposal will be discussed. Basic water chemistry requirements for low, medium, and high pressure boilers will also be discussed.

W-02: The Wonderful World of Reverse Osmosis – 2021
Jane Kucera, Nalco  Water, an Ecolab Company, Plainfield, IL

Reverse osmosis (RO) has become a very popular and useful water demineralization tool, for both waterand wastewater applications. Understanding the fundamentals of RO, particularly as applications become more challenging in the environment of reduce, reuse, and recycle, is critical to optimal operations. However, during the growth or RO applications, some of the basics have been lost in shuffle. And many times professionals and operators familiar with other demineralization technologies are now faced with operating RO systems with little or no training. Hence, this Workshop covers the basics and best practices of RO technology, from sound design to proper operating techniques. Fouling and concentration polarization, data collection and normalization, pretreatment (including membrane filtration), cleaning, and storage are just some of the topics included in this Workshop. This Workshop is intended for all who need to understand the essentials of RO to help obtain optimal performance of this technology.

W-03: Ion Exchange Technology and Practical Operating Practices
Wayne Bernahl, W. Bernahl Enterprises, Elmhurst, IL

Ion exchange technology is not new yet most industrial ion exchange systems do not operate at top efficiency. Ion exchange technology is often not well understood by operating personnel.

The participant of this workshop will:

  • Better understand basic ion exchange equipment, operations, and resins used for water treatment operations
  • Better understand what can go wrong with ion exchange systems
  • Develop a logical troubleshooting approach to discover and correct operating problems.

W-04: Wet FGD Chemistry and Operational Impacts on Wastewater Quality Discharge
Bryan Hansen, Burns & McDonnell, Centennial, CO

This workshop will provide an overview of wet FGD chemistry and operating factors that will affect the wastewater quality. The various subsystems of the wet FGD system will be discussed including reagent handling, reagent preparation, absorber internals, recycle slurry, slurry spray headers, mist eliminators, primary dewatering, secondary dewatering, and wastewater treatment. The workshop will discuss the operational chemistry involved in removal of SO2 from the flue gas and highlight how operating parameters like pH, conductivity, ORP, and other issues affect the overall process. The workshop will address how operation of the wet FGD system can affect the quality of the wastewater being discharged. The workshop will provide troubleshooting tips for the operation of the wet FGD system.

W-05: Refinery Wastewater Treatment Concepts
Holly Churman, GHD, Houtson, TX

Our Workshop Objective is to educate engineers and specialists on basic refinery wastewater treatment concepts. Outcomes will enable attendees to:
– Understand common refinery wastewater composition and treatment goals.
– Learn about conventional and advanced processes used to treat refinery wastewater.
– Understand the importance of data collection and interpretation for operations and compliance.

Skills from this workshop will enable attendees to improve their abilities to solve challenging wastewater treatment challenges in the refining sector.

 

Wednesday, 11/10/2021; 1:00-5:00 PM

W-01A: Water Treatment 101
Dennis McBride, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO    –   (repeat from Sunday)

Water Treatment 101 This workshop is a great introductory course covering many of the basic concepts of industrial water treatment. It will address unit operations (clarification, filtration, lime/soda ash softening, iron and manganese removal, membrane filters, and roughing demineralizers) used in water preparation for industry with emphasis on power, chemical industry, and refineries. It includes treatment of cooling water systems as well as boiler water makeup. Wastewater generated by these unit operations and their treatment and disposal will be discussed. Basic water chemistry requirements for low, medium, and high pressure boilers will also be discussed.

W-02A: The Wonderful World of Reverse Osmosis – 2021
Jane Kucera, Nalco  Water, an Ecolab Company, Plainfield, IL   –   (repeat from Sunday)

Reverse osmosis (RO) has become a very popular and useful water demineralization tool, for both waterand wastewater applications. Understanding the fundamentals of RO, particularly as applications become more challenging in the environment of reduce, reuse, and recycle, is critical to optimal operations. However, during the growth or RO applications, some of the basics have been lost in shuffle. And many times professionals and operators familiar with other demineralization technologies are now faced with operating RO systems with little or no training. Hence, this Workshop covers the basics and best practices of RO technology, from sound design to proper operating techniques. Fouling and concentration polarization, data collection and normalization, pretreatment (including membrane filtration), cleaning, and storage are just some of the topics included in this Workshop. This Workshop is intended for all who need to understand the essentials of RO to help obtain optimal performance of this technology.

W-06: Membrane and Thermal Brine Recovery Systems
Daniel Sampson, HDR, Walnut Creek, CA

Brine recovery systems come in many shapes and sizes. This workshop will begin with an examination of brine recovery system drivers. We’ll discuss why these systems are becoming more and more
commonplace in the industrial and public sectors. The course will then examine the common processes employed in brine recovery systems and the challenges that these processes create for system operators and managers. Chemistry and chemicals can have a significant impact on brine recovery systems, so we’ll also look holistically at chemistry and chemicals used at typical plants and the impact chemistry and chemicals can have on brine recovery processes. Finally, we’ll review common problems and solutions by presenting several case studies. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own experiences and questions to share.
Intended Audience: This course is intended for those who currently operate brine recovery systems and those who are considering the installation of brine recovery systems. The focus on operations and case histories would benefit operators, plant or corporate engineers, plant managers, plant operations superintendents, and project developers.

W-07: Industrial Water Reuse – New Technologies and Lessons Learned
Ed Greenwood, Wood Environment & Infrastructure, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

The primary objective of this workshop is knowledge transfer. It is aimed at those vested in developing the next generation industrial water reuse plant. Several workshop facilitators will objectively compare competing strategies to treat and recover wastewater for reuse. With many plants approaching 10 or 15 years of operation, the field of Industrial Water Reuse is maturing. Some reuse strategies have proven to be reliable and cost-effective but some have not. This workshop will explore the reasons why and address the common issues facing water reuse. Topics will include:

– Navigating the challenging and changing water treatment technology landscape – an unbiased comparison of popular treatment technologies (i.e. Clarifiers, MMF, MF, UF, GAC, IX, RO, ED, Chlorine, Ozone, AOP, UV)
– Common problems (design issues and performance issues)
– Emerging technologies and opportunities
– Optimizing cost and reliability
– Case Studies (success stories and cautionary tales)

Facilitators will encourage interactive discussion on case studies to unravel lessons learned. Participants will leave the workshop with a broad understanding of the water reuse landscape and how they might apply some of the more popular reuse strategies to develop the next generation water reuse plant.

W-08: Boiler Water Treatment for Industrial Plants
James Robinson, SUEZ Water Technology & Solutions, Horsham, PA

Participants will learn:

  • How deaerators work and common errors that cause boiler feedline corrosion problems.
  • Causes of downtime corrosion and steps to control it.
  • The causes of flow accelerated corrosion and its control.
  • The causes and control of boiler deposits and corrosion.
  • The problems caused by steam contamination and steps to avoid these problems.
  • The causes of condensate system corrosion and treatment technologies to control corrosion.

W-09: PFAS Treatment – Analysis, Design, Treatment and Destruction
John Peichel, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions, Minnetonka, MN

The objective is to educate attendees on the technical aspects of PFAS water, wastewater and groundwater contamination treatment including the challenges of water sampling, lab analysis, technology selection, lab and/or pilot testing, treatment system operation and final disposal/destruction of captured PFAS. The chemistry of PFAS is complicated due to the number of chemistry forms (4,000 + and counting) and in each case the optimum technology selection is based on the PFAS to be removed, interference of co-contaminants and the strategy for ultimate disposal and/or destruction of the PFCs.

This workshop is designed to educate attendees on the specific criteria to be considered for technology selection, optimization and effective operation. Practical consideration will be given to the applications development and common constraints often encountered in the initial sampling and water analyses. Technical details such as PFAS molecular weight will serve as method to prioritize technologies for potential cost effective treatment. This level of detail will be critical to the evaluation of activated carbon, ion exchange and reverse osmosis membranes used individually or in some combination.

W-10: Produced Water Society Training Fundamentals of Water Treating, Handling and Management
Chip Westaby, Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments, Kirkwood, MI

This course will have 4 modules. The first and last will consist of overview level information, while the second and third modules will present deep dives on development lifecycles and water management lifecycles from production through to disposal, reuse or trading. The course will offer a foundations-level knowledge of water chemistry applicable to produced water management.

This course will answer the following:

What are the challenges?
Where do opportunities lie?
What are the volumes of water at play and what’s required to move them?
What are the differences between water reuse treatment options?
What should we expect for the future of the region?
Participants will leave with an understanding of common terminology and jargon, water chemistry and
how treatment works (via jar testing demonstrations), best practices for water handling and management
in unconventional plays.

 

Thursday, 11/11/2021; 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

W-11: Recovery & Reuse of Produced Water
Jasbir Gill, Water Energy Solutions Inc., Naperville, IL

The objective of the workshop is to interact with the attendees to teach them:
1. The quantity of produced water available
2. The challenges in the use of the produced water
3. The importance of using the produced water (sustainability)
4. Various Commercial Technologies to help use the produced water
5. Comparison of various technologies in terms of quality of water produced and the cost of producing
certain quality
6. Sustainability in the use of the produced water using Water-Energy-Green House gasses Nexium
7. How to best use the technologies
8. Best technologies to dispose waste water
9. A balance of Chemical and Mechanical Solutions
10. Resources availability for more learning

W-12: Electrodeionization
Jonathan Wood, Evoqua Water Technologies , Lowell, MA

For the Electrodeionization (EDI) workshop the learning objectives are:
1. To understand how the process of EDI works, and the main similarities and differences with conventional ion exchange demineralization.
2. To find out how EDI modules are constructed – demystify the “black box”.
3. To learn the most important considerations in the design of an overall water system including EDI, ensuring reliable system performance.
4. Acquire key concepts in startup and operation of and EDI system, such as setting the DC current and flow/pressure balancing.
5. Review troubleshooting tips and maintenance procedures.

W-13: Concentrate Management for Industrial Desalination
John Korpiel, Veolia Water Technologies, Wexford, PA

This workshop will provide an overview of the options for managing the concentrate generated from industrial desalination processes and their associated challenges. The workshop is intended for engineers, technologists, managers, and operators who want to gain a better understanding of concentrate management, but will also serve as a refresher for those who already have experience in this area.

As fresh water sources become increasingly scarce throughout the world, industries are becoming more reliant on desalination technologies to operate in a reliable and sustainable manner. Desalination technologies are essential in industrial applications for treating challenging water and wastewater sources to generate a quality of water that is suitable for process needs and for meeting regulatory discharge water quality requirements. However, all desalination technologies generate a brine byproduct, also referred to as the concentrate or reject stream. Typically, brine has undesirable characteristics such as high salinity, high scaling and fouling potential, is corrosive, and contains concentrated contaminants and/or residual chemicals. As a result, brine is challenging and costly to concentrate, handle, treat, and dispose, and can be harmful to the environment, if not managed properly. A major challenge of applying any desalination technology in a cost-effective and sustainable manner is implementing an appropriate concentrate management strategy.

The following topics will be discussed in the workshop:

  • Overview of brine management options available for disposal and beneficial reuse, including surface water discharge, deep well injection, evaporation ponds, land application, and zero liquid discharge (ZLD)
  • Strategies for brine minimization using conventional and proprietary membrane-based technologies for minimum liquid discharge (MLD) applications
  • Thermal technologies for reduced liquid discharge (RLD) or ZLD applications; the latter of which eliminates the brine stream, generating a solid byproduct that is suitable for disposal in a landfill or for beneficial reuse.
  • The benefits, issues, and limitations of each of the brine management options and technologies
  • Examples of integrated MLD and ZLD systems will be presented
  • Emerging technologies for brine minimization
  • Factors to consider for evaluating the options and selecting the appropriate concentrate management

W-14: Industrial Sedimentation Principles, Practices and Hands-on Experience
Harley Schreiber, WesTech  Engineering, Salt Lake City, UT

For many people, sedimentation including clarification and thickening is somewhat of a black-box process. Because of the wide array of process variables; sizing, troubleshooting and optimization of sedimentation equipment can be difficult. This workshop is designed for owners, consulting engineers, plant process engineers and plant operators who could benefit from a deeper understanding and application of sedimentation principles. In this course, fundamental principles of sedimentation are discussed and demonstrated in both live and simulated scenarios. This hands-on experience will solidify understanding of the principles and facilitate their application in specifying and operating clarifiers, thickeners, solids contact clarifiers, settlers, ballasted floc units and many other types of sedimentation equipment. At the end of this course the participant will have a better understanding of settling types, coagulation, flocculation, solids contacting, testing, and troubleshooting. There will be opportunities to discuss specific challenges you might have with a panel of experienced engineers and educators who can help you better understand your sedimentation process needs.

W-15: HRSG and High Pressure (>900 PSIG/60 BAR) Boiler Water Treatment and Operation
David Daniels, M&M Engineering, Austin, TX

This workshop will cover the water quality required for high pressure (>900 PSIG/60 bar) steam boilers including the various treatments being used and new developments relative to protection from scale and corrosion. The course will also cover treatment issues related to pre-boiler systems and the condensate systems and a discussion of controls and trouble-shooting techniques. Operators, utility supervisors, managers, and engineers can all benefit greatly from the practical information presented in this course.

W-16: Leadership & Career Skills for Tomorrow’s Water Professionals
Jonathan Shimko, McKim & Creed, Pittsburgh, PA

This workshop will be interactive and will provide opportunities for participants to engage in useful dialogue to gain understanding and familiarity with the concepts presented. In addition to short presentations on each topic, participants will be asked to collaborate with each other on activities that provide simulations into real life situations. The goal of this workshop is to energize and equip each participant with skills and tools that can provide a lifetime of support and help change their career trajectory for the better. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to interact with water industry experts and hear their stories and get their advice.

  • Overview of the Water Industry
  • Ten “Soft Skills” that can Lead to Success in Life and Your Career
  • Essential Communication Skills
  • How to Interact with a “Customer”
  • Diversity & Inclusion in the Water Industry
  • How to Stand out Amongst our Peers
  • Maintaining a Work-Life Balance
  • Industry Panel Discussion and Q/A

W-17: Aresenic & Selenium Removal
John Schubert, HDR Inc., Sarasota, FL

Changes in regulations in the coal-fired power industry and existing standards in the mining industry are but two examples of increased regulatory attention on arsenic and selenium. These ions have not been the focus of wastewater treatment historically. Many new technologies are being promoted for use in arsenic and selenium treatment. However, it is difficult to assess the real potential of treatment technologies to cost-effectively achieve the desired goals without substantial background in this area.
This course provides a sound basis for those concerned with arsenic, selenium or both to make sound decisions about treatment options. The course reviews the chemistry, sources and regulatory basis for these elements. The various treatment approaches currently available, included physical/chemical, biological, membrane, and adsorption processes, are thoroughly discussed. The attendee can expect to gain a better understanding of the sources of arsenic and selenium in the environment, their chemistry and the approaches available to them for treatment of contaminated water.

 

Thursday, 11/11/2021; 1:00-5:00 PM

W-03A: Ion Exchange Technology and Practical Operating Practices
Wayne Bernahl, W. Bernahl Enterprises, Elmhurst, IL   –   (repeated from Sunday)

Ion exchange technology is not new yet most industrial ion exchange systems do not operate at top efficiency. Ion exchange technology is often not well understood by operating personnel.

The participant of this workshop will:

  • Better understand basic ion exchange equipment, operations, and resins used for water treatment operations
  • Better understand what can go wrong with ion exchange systems
  • Develop a logical troubleshooting approach to discover and correct operating problems.

W-18: Coagulation and Flocculation: Theory, Practice, and Examples
Ken Martins, Stantec, Reno, NV

The workshop has four major objectives; (1) Provide a sound basis of theoretical understanding – The discussion will be suitable for both engineers and operating staff and will provide a solid basis of understanding applicable to virtually any industry. Students will be introduced the concept of colloids and colloidal stability, the double layer theory, the concept of zeta potential and energy barriers and various molecular forces, such as van der Waals and Brownian motion, (2) Provide a clear summary of typical industry practices – The students will understand the differences between inorganic and organic coagulants and flocculants (i.e., charge type, molecular weight, percent charge, physical form), typical industry practices for makedown and application of coagulants and flocculants, and design features for coagulation and flocculation systems (i.e., tank features, mixer energy, shear, and tip speed, etc.), (3) Illustrate Common Industrial Applications – Students will be introduced to a broad spectrum of water and wastewater applications across the major heavy industries. The course will discuss applications such as common clarification and filtration, lime soda softening, biofloc, biopolymers and augmentation with flocculants, oily water treatment, and dewatering applications. The students will understand realistic expectations for the performance impacts of coagulants and flocculants as applied for varied applications and industries.

W-19: UF, RO and EDI Maintenance and Cleaning
Robert Cohen, Evoqua, Rochester, NY

Provide a simple view of what are considered two complex problems; what RO and CEDI operating data to collect, how to evaluate the data, how to determine the most probably foulants, and generic methods for cleaning foulants off RO membranes and CEDI modules. Discussion of RO membrane cleaning includes how to minimize the need for cleaning with recommendations for selecting and optimizing RO pretreatment and optimizing RO operation. Discussion of optimizing operation includes introduction to Filmtec WAVE software. Discussion of RO data evaluation includes using a data normalization spreadsheet. Discussion of CEDI cleaning includes the three most common foulants, how to avoid them, and generic cleaning solutions and procedures. Source material is 40 years of field experience as a technician, sales representative, and technician and customer trainer. Source materials for RO-membrane care includes Evoqua’s internal expertise, commendations from RO membrane manufacturers and RO-membrane-cleaning formulators. Source materials for CEDI data collection and cleaning includes IonPure’s expertise.

W20: Cooling Water – Water Systems – How to Successfully go From Fresh Makeup Water to Recycled Waters
Robert Cunningham, International Water Consultants, Grass Valley, CA

This workshop will cover guidelines to be used in developing a cooling water treatment technology going from fresh to recycle waters as makeup. These guidelines will identify possible concerns and potential benefits with recycle water. A step by step approach is provided not only for existing cooling tower water systems but also new systems that can handle almost any recycled waters. A number of case histories are provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring not only any questions but also details on their cooling tower water systems and the recycle water quality being considered. A must workshop for operators, utility managers, and for water treatment suppliers.

W21: MVR Vapor Compressor Technologies: Descriptions, Comparisons, Troubleshooting, & How to Evaluate Differences, Options, and Best Fit for Your Plant
Jason Stoklosa, Howden Roots LLC, Connersville, IN

Vapor Compressors are the heart of a Mechanical Vapor Recompression (MVR) system. This workshop will provide descriptive and comparative insight to the different vapor compressor technologies available in the market today including Rotary Blowers, Turbo Fans, Turbo Compressors, and Screw Compressors for both technical and non-technical personnel. The workshop will provide insight to the design, operation, installation, and maintenance differences between the technologies, and will explore the implications to CapEx, OpEx, maintenance, and reliability across the compressor types for both evaporator or crystallizer applications. An outline will be provided to participants to aid in identifying, specifying, and evaluating design, scope, features, and considerations of these technologies which may be used by specifiers, buyers, and users in making practical equipment decisions for their process or

W22: FGD Wastewater Treatment: Design and Operating from a Utility’s Experience
Derek Henderson, Duke Energy, Raleigh, NC

The objective of the workshop is to provide operational experience and insight into running a FGD WWT system that is comprised of a physical/chemical, biological, and ultrafiltration. The workshop will go over the upstream considerations, pertinent parameters and techniques used in monitoring each system component, and common issues that have arisen with ways to address. The workshop will focus on maintaining and running a FGD WWT system, not the construction and design.

W23: Chlorine Dioxide: Chemistry, Generation, Analysis, Environmental Issues and Applications
Greg Simpson, Pureline Treatment Systems, Houston, TX

The goal is to provide attendees with a working knowledge of ClO2, including safety, production chemistry and equipment, reaction chemistry, analytical, environmental issues, and some specific applications such as cooling towers, influent treatment, biofilm control etc. The book included is essentially a technical manual with references.