Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


337 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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

Wednesday, November 10

Time: 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.