Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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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.

They are presented by experts in the field and are loaded with technical content, not for sales information. Each workshop will provide an opportunity for a technical exchange between the students, the instructor and other workshop participants.

Workshops are based on minimum reservations. Each 4-hour workshop is $250 each for registered conference attendees. Register for 2 or more workshops and receive a $100 discount.

 

Sunday, November 4 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

W1: 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.

Dennis McBride, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO

 

W2: Ion Exchange Technology and Practical Operating Practices

This workshop provides a detailed review of the various ion exchange processes for softening and demineralizing water as well as preparation for boilers, cooling, and process applications. A section on how to evaluate systems, their resin, operation, and water quality of ion exchange units is an excellent troubleshooting and informative portion of this workshop. A review of the different types of ion exchange resins available along with the newest developments and how those can be applied to provide specific water quality is a must for water treatment system operations. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and solve problems.

Wayne Bernahl, W. Bernahl Enterprises, Ltd., Elmhurst, IL

 

W3: The Wonderful World of Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis (RO) has become a very popular and useful water treatment tool, for both water and 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. 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, 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.

Jane Kucera, Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, Naperville, IL

 

W4: Wet FGD Chemistry and Operational Impacts on Wastewater Quality Discharge

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 also address how operation of the wet FGD system can affect the quality of the wastewater being discharged.

Bryan D. Hansen, P.E., Burns & McDonnell, Centennial, CO

 

Wednesday, November 7 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

W1A: Water Treatment 101  (repeat)

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.

Dennis McBride, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO

 

W3A: The Wonderful World of Reverse Osmosis  (repeat)

Reverse osmosis (RO) has become a very popular and useful water treatment tool, for both water and 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. 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, 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.

Jane Kucera, Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, Naperville, IL

 

W5: Troubleshooting an Ion Exchange Mixed Bed

In the water treatment plant, the ion exchange mixed bed units can be your best friend or worst enemy. Mixed beds can provide very high-quality water, for days, weeks or even months without regeneration. This means less hand on by operations, compared to normal Demin trains that could regenerate up to twice/day. Operators do not retain the day to day routine of regenerating a mixed bed and can become unfamiliar with how to trouble shoot problem. When a mixed bed unit does not work properly, it could take months or even years to get it back into proper operation. Part 1 of the training session will discuss some of the author’s +40 years of experience with trouble shooting and repairing various mixed bed system in North America. It will cover cases involving resin problems, mechanical failure inside the vessels and changes in feed water quality. Part 2, will cover resin parameters, choosing the best resins for the application, the importance of chemical dosages, and what to look for in the resin reports.

Donald Downey, Purolite Corporation, Paris, ON, Canada

 

W6: Evaluating Business Cases for Industrial Water Reuse

The objective of this workshop is to introduce a suite of tools for industrial operators to evaluate business cases for water reuse projects. These tools have been created in collaboration with a wide range of industrial end users using case study data to develop the framework. The workshop panelists will provide insight on their own experiences for industrial water reuse and be available for questions and networking.  (Printed reference material not provided in this workshop)

Abigail Antolovich, Denver Water, Denver, CO

 

W7: Industrial Boiler Water Treatment

This workshop is intended for those interested in industrial steam systems operating at pressures up to 1800 psig. While some basic theory is covered, the main focus of the course is to provide practical information that can be used to avoid common system problems. The course covers deaerators, boilers, steam turbines and condensate systems from both mechanical operation and chemical treatment aspects. The causes of deposition and corrosion as well as water quality and monitoring guidelines and chemical treatment options are discussed in an informal atmosphere.

Jim Robinson, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions, Trevose, PA

 

W8: Building a Best Practice Cooling Water Program

This interactive workshop focusses on the common issues associated with open recirculating cooling water systems in the form of corrosion, microbiological fouling and deposition related to scale formation and fouling. These issues are commonly referred to as the Cooling Water Triangle. Along with the issues that face cooling systems, the Best Practice cooling water treatment chemistries from past, present and future trends will be presented in detail. From this review, participants will be able to determine the Best Practice Cooling Water Program for their application. This workshop is recommended for operators, utility managers, and technical service engineers. Participants should bring a representative water analysis (makeup and recirculating tower water) and cooling system information (metallurgy, hottest skin temperature) for an in-session exercises and review.

Jo Ordonez, Solenis, Kyle, Texas

 

W9: Wastewater Treatment 101

In this workshop, wastewater treatment process fundamentals will be discussed for in depth understanding of how the operating & processing units work in aerobic environment to treat the waste streams from refineries and chemical plants. Object of this course is to acquire basics of how to design, an open art robust wastewater system to produce acceptable quality effluent to be discharged into an approved estuary and or in pant make up water resource for cooling tower or steam generation. Instructions will include wastewater streams inventory and selective segregation to optimize pre-treatment processing units, such as, API, CPI, DAF, and IGF units. Conventional Activated Sludge bio reactors, secondary clarifiers, controlled returned activated sludge (RAS) and controlled waste activated sludge (WAS) and sludge dewatering etc. will be discussed. Design example of a typical refinery wastewater plant and video tutorials will be used to enhance understanding wastewater treatment process.

Joe Guida, Fluor, Sugar Land, TX

 

Thursday, November 8 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

W10: Water Treatment 201

This course reviews the topics covered in Water Treatment 101 and build on those to provide design and technical details on designing water treatment systems using supplier’s equipment information. Unit processes covered in this course are pretreatment softening using lime and soda ash, sodium cycle ion‐exchange for softening, demineralization of pretreated raw water using cation/ anion/ mixed‐bed ion‐exchange systems, reverse osmosis, and EDI. Boiler water chemistry guidelines and chemicals feeds for boiler chemistry control for high pressure power plant boilers, combined cycle plants, and industrial boilers (up to 1500 psi) will be discussed. Advanced wastewater treatment concepts for power plants, industrial plants, and refineries will be included with recycle and reuse when feasible.

Americus Mitchell, Sundt Construction, Inc., Tempe, AZ

 

W11: Contaminants A to Z

The number of contaminants found in water supplies continues to grow with new information regarding emerging contaminants such as PFAS and incidental contaminants such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products take the stage alongside naturally occurring contaminants such as arsenic and gross alpha and problematic manmade contaminants such as mercury and lead. This years workshop includes both an expanded list of contaminants (>100) plus an extensive back-up reference file of open literature pertaining to each contaminant. The oral presentation will include a selection from the list based on participants stated interests plus the latest available information on emerging and incidental contaminants.

Peter Meyers, ResinTech, Inc., West Berlin, NJ

 

W12: Electrodeionization (EDI)

Electrodeionization (EDI) is a hybrid of two well-known processes, ion-exchange deionization (IX) and electrodialysis (ED). It was developed to allow the production of deionized water without the use of the hazardous acid and caustic that is required to regenerate ion exchange resins. EDI is now over 30 years old and is used extensively in many industries, especially in the production of deionized water for pharmaceutical formulations, power generation and manufacture of microelectronics/semiconductor devices. It is usually employed as a polishing demineralization step with reverse osmosis (RO) upstream as the roughing demineralizer. This workshop will start by reviewing the principles of the EDI process, how it differs from IX, how EDI modules are constructed, and EDI feed water requirements. It will then focus on practical aspects of EDI system design, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting. This is an introductory course that requires no prior exposure to electrodeionization or electrodialysis. Some prior knowledge of basic water chemistry will be helpful.

Jon Wood, Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, Lowell, MA

 

W13: Industrial Water Reuse – A Roadmap for the Future

The primary objective of this workshop is knowledge transfer. It is aimed at those that are vested in developing “the industrial water reuse plant of the future” by unbiasedly comparing the more efficient and cost-effective methods to recover water. The workshop will address common issues facing industrial water reuse and compare treatment strategies. Topics will include:

– The three key aspects of water chemistry that drives design

– Options to get from point A to point B – an unbiased comparison of the more popular water reuse flowsheets (i.e. membranes vs non-membrane approach)

– Navigating the changing water treatment technology landscape – an unbiased comparison of the more popular treatment technologies (i.e. Clarifiers, MMF, MF, UF, GAC, IX, RO, ED, Chlorine, Ozone, AOP, UV)

– Emerging technologies and opportunities

– “Fit for purpose” water reuse strategies

– Optimizing cost and reliability

– Lessons learned and avoiding pitfalls

Facilitators will present on significant developments in the field of water reuse, relevant case studies that demonstrate successes and lessons learned that impact the design of the next generation of water reuse plants. Participants will leave the workshop with a broad understanding of the industrial water reuse landscape, why certain technologies are useful, how they work and how the capabilities of water reuse systems have grown in recent years.

Ed Greenwood, Wood, Cambridge, ON, Canada

 

W14: Canceled

 

W15: UF, RO and EDI Maintenance and Cleaning

This presentation covers the following topics for ultrafiltration (UF), reverse osmosis (RO), and continuous electro-deionization (CEDI)

  • A very brief description of the technologies
  • Best practices for extending membrane/module life
  • Common practices in data collection and interpretation
  • Best practices for off-line clean-in-place (CIP) processes, including why cleaning is important, what should trigger CIP, common foulants, preparation of cleaning solutions, standard cleaning procedures, tips and shortcuts, and when off-site membrane cleaning should be considered.
  • Membrane and module autopsies, when they are needed, and how to interpret the results.

Robert Cohen, Evoqua Water Technologies, Rochester, NY

 

W16: Arsenic and Selenium in Wastewater Treatment

Changes in regulations in the coal-fired power industry and existing standards in the mining industry are but two examples of increased regulatory focus on arsenic and selenium. These ions have not been the focus of emphasis for widespread industrial treatment in the past. Numerous new technologies have been promoted for use in the treatment of arsenic and selenium. However, it is difficult for the environmental personnel responsible for making intelligent decisions in this area to assess the real potential of treatment technologies to cost-effectively achieve the desired goals. This course will provide the background necessary for those concerned with arsenic, selenium or both to make sound decisions about the technical direction of treatment options.

John Schubert, P.E., HDR Engineering, Sarasota, FL

 

Thursday, November 8 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

W2A: Ion Exchange Technology and Practical Operating Practices  (repeat)

This workshop provides a detailed review of the various ion exchange processes for softening and demineralizing water as well as preparation for boilers, cooling, and process applications. A section on how to evaluate systems, their resin, operation, and water quality of ion exchange units is an excellent troubleshooting and informative portion of this workshop. A review of the different types of ion exchange resins available along with the newest developments and how those can be applied to provide specific water quality is a must for water treatment system operations. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and solve problems.

Wayne Bernahl, W. Bernahl Enterprises, Ltd., Elmhurst, IL

 

W4A: Wet FGD Chemistry and Operational Impacts on Wastewater Quality Discharge  (repeat)

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 also address how operation of the wet FGD system can affect the quality of the wastewater being discharged.

Bryan D. Hansen, P.E., Burns & McDonnell, Centennial, CO

 

W17: HRSG and High Pressure (>900 PSIG/60 BAR) Boiler Water Treatment and Operation

This workshop will explain high pressure (>900 psig/60 bar) steam boiler treatment and new understandings and developments relative to control of deposition and corrosion. The course will also cover treatment issues related to preboiler systems and the condensate systems and a discussion of controls and corrective action. Operators, utility plant supervisors, managers, and engineers can all benefit greatly from the practical information provided in this course.

Robert D. Bartholomew, P.E., Sheppard T. Powell Associates, LLC, Baltimore, MD

 

W18: Field Techniques for Quantifying Scale and Bacteria: A Hands-On Introduction

The objective of this workshop is to discuss and provide a hands-on explanation of field analysis methods for scaling factors and biofilm assays in industrial and treatment processed waters. Participants will gain understanding on the importance of utilizing analytical field testing for finding, predicting, and preventing scaling and biofilm formation. Through lecture, desktop exercises and hands-on analyses of water samples, workshop attendees will increase their knowledge of how analytical methods are selected, the proper techniques for sampling and validating the testing results. Additional workshop topics offer an insight on how to apply the sample results to provide data on the scaling tendencies and biological potentials of their water. The workshop will introduce emerging analytical instrumentation for scale related water quality parameters and enhanced microbial testing assaying protocols. Additionally, attendees will employ innovative software that calculates the PSI, LSI and RSI scaling indices, the water aggressiveness index (AI), total planktonic bacteria count and different formats results reporting. With analytical data outcomes, through desktop exercises, participants will determine what steps are required to insure the water is balanced and chemically treated properly to prevent corrosion, scale and biofilm formation. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to work in small groups allowing for enhanced learning from others in the industry and interact with two presenters who are leaders in their fields of chemistry, microbiology, laboratory testing and industrial water processes in this respective learning environment.

Keith McLeroy and Anthony Bennett, RETEGO Labs, College Station, TX

 

W19: Canceled

 

W20: Legionella Risk Management for Industrial Facilities

Managing the risks of legionella infections from in industrial water systems requires a different kind of assessment and management than for commercial facilities described in the ASHRAE/ANSI 188-2015 standard. The purpose of this session is to equip professionals working in industrial facilities a clear understanding of the nature of the risks, the complexities of various monitoring protocols for bacteria, operational issues during start-up and shutdown, operating strategies, biocide protocols and design options to minimize the risk of loss of control of the hazard as well as methods to address legal and reputation risks. Attendees will review the current guidelines and resources available to guide the design of monitoring and operating procedures and an analysis of the value of developing an internal corporate standard. Process engineers, consultants and industrial environmental health and safety professionals will benefit from this session.

Loraine Huchler, MarTech Systems, Inc., Lawrenceville, NJ

 

W21: Canceled