Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


337 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Thursday, November 11

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

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.


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: Arsenic & 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.


Time: 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.


W-20: 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.


W-21: 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 plant.


W-22: 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.


W-23: 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.