Hands-on workshops at WEFTEC 2023 pair participants with experts and provide real-world experience.
WEFTEC® 2023 will feature 17 workshops. This assortment of full- and half-day learning opportunities dives into the latest trends and best practices in water quality monitoring, wastewater operations, industrial wastewater treatment, and many other topics. Attendees can enhance their knowledge and skills in cutting-edge technologies such as smart water systems, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and other emerging areas.
One of the workshops, W05: Aeration Control for Practitioners: Optimization of Aeration, Process, and Energy, stretches across multiple topics while ensuring a hands-on experience. This workshop focuses on improving aeration control systems in water resource recovery facilities. The workshop, which will be held Sunday, October 1, is designed specifically for operators to learn all the steps involved in a good aeration setup and how to apply these best practices to their facilities, according to Tanja Rauch-Williams, Ph.D., P.E., who is chair of the workshop. She also is National Wastewater Process and Innovation Lead for Carollo (Walnut Creek, California) as well as Vice Chair of the WEF Municipal Resource Recovery Design Community (MRRDC).
“We want to provide operators with an integrated knowledge of how hardware, software, and operation all work together,” she said.
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to analyze aeration control system for inefficiencies, identify the contributing factors for inefficiencies, and apply a step-by-step approach to optimize aeration control performance challenges in the field or in their designs.
“With [aeration] efficiency comes very strong process advantages that you’re now able to actually realize in the facility,” Rauch-Williams explained. So, it is the gateway. Once you have your control, you’re set up for success.”
The number and variety of exhibiting companies onsite at WEFTEC help deliver a wealth of product education in the exhibition. Some workshops also invite manufacturers in to share their expertise with participants. Oscar & Associates
Most WEFTEC workshops provide a blend of lectures, interactive exercises, and even hands-on opportunities to help participants learn in whatever way suits them best. Oscar & Associates
WEFTEC workshops often are sponsored by WEF technical committees, which WEF refers to as communities. MRRDC is the primary sponsor of this workshop with several cosponsoring communities: Plant Operations and Maintenance, Intelligent Water Technology, and the Energy Management Task Force.
“We need process knowledge. We need control knowledge. And we need hardware knowledge in this workshop,” Rauch-Williams said. “So, we chose the presenters to reflect all of this.”
The knowledge of all the presenters runs deep, she said. The workshop group already is working to integrate this knowledge and create a workshop that allows utilities to understand how to troubleshoot, identify where issues are, diagnose the problem, and address it.