Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


337 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: (412) 261-0710 Email: Get Directions

Sunday, November 7

Time: 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.