Workshops

IWC Workshops are intensive 4-hour courses that require a separate registration. Workshops are based on minimum reservations. Each 4-hour workshop is $250 each for registered conference attendees. If you register for 2 workshops, you will receive a $100 Discount. A Water Treatment Basic Training Package* is available-W1, W12 and W14 for a discounted price of $550.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 1:00pm-5:00pm

W01: Water Treatment 101*
This workshop is a great introductory course covering the basic concepts of water treatment for industry. 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 was include treatment of makeup water for 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 be considered with chemical conditioning as required.

Instructor: Dennis McBride, Fluor Enterprises, Greenville, SC

W02: Industrial Boiler Water (up to 1800 PSIG/ 120 Bar)
The course 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.

Instructor: James Robinson, GE Betz, Trevose, PA

W03: Introduction to Cooling Tower Water Systems and How to Develop a Cooling Tower Water Treatment Program
This work shop discusses the problems commonly found in Cooling Tower Water systems and the various water treatments that can be used to control or prevent those problems Specific water treatment chemicals are discussed and their advantages and disadvantages are presented. These specific chemicals are for corrosion, scale, fouling, and microbiological control. They are identified generically and include the most recent developments. The preparation of the complete water treatment program is provided in easy to apply steps. This workshop is excellent for operators, utility mangers, and water treatment suppliers both new on the job and great as a refresher for others.

Instructor: Paul Puckorius, Puckorius & Associates, Inc., Arvada, CO

W04: Treatment of Water for Steam Generation in SAGD Enhanced Oil Recovery Plants
“Once you know the fundamentals, acquiring experience is just a matter of time.” This course explores the theories and fundamental practices for treating de-oiled produced and brackish waters to generate high pressure steam for use in SAGD enhanced oil recovery operations. We will explore hot and warm lime softening, filtration and ion exchange options such as strong acid versus weak acid cation softening including in-situ versus external regeneration.

Instructor: Steven R. Gagnon, AVANTech, Inc., Columbia, SC

W05: Thermal Zero Liquid Discharge
This course is designed to give a basic understanding of the information required for the selection and design of an evaporation system in a wastewater application.

It will include the impacts of chemistry, equipment selection and energy source selection as well as provide case studies based on real world applications in a variety of industries.

Instructor: J. Michael Marlett, P.E., P.Eng, Aquatech International Corp., Hartland, WI

W06: Treating Produce Water with Ion Exchange Technologies
General introduction on Softening with Ion Exchange. Description of the nature of SAC resin and of WAC resin. Influence of TDS on selection of which resin to select. Advantages to consider SAC-SAC systems. Why single WAC are able to produce soft water (<0.1ppm) on water with up to 25000ppm TDS. Why WAC Primary followed by WAC Polisher should be considered. Potential foulants of ion exchange resins in the process of softening Produced Water, and how to deal with them. All data presented is based on actual plant experience!

Instructor: Guy Mommaerts, Ion Exchange Services Inc., Elimira, ON Canada

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 8:00am-12:00noon

W07: 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.

Instructor: Kumar Sinha, Frederick, MD

W08: HRSG and High Pressure (>900 PSIG/ 60 Bar) Boiler Water Treatment Operation
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 troubleshooting techniques. Operators, utility plant supervisors, managers, and engineers can all benefit greatly from the practical information provided in this course.

Instructor: David Daniels, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Austin, TX

W09: Cooling Water Treatment Programs and Guidelines When Switching from Fresh to Reuse Water Makeup
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.

Instructor: Paul Puckorius, Puckorious & Associates, LLC, Arvada, CO

W10: Water and Wastewater Treatment for Natural Gas Development
The ongoing development of the unconventional natural gas market was made possible by developments in the fields of directional drilling and hydrofracturing. Hydrofracturing requires large volumes of water, processing of that water to use in hydrofracturing, and handling of the return water from the well after completion of hydrofracturing. As hydrofracturing water comes in contact with shale, some of the soluble shale constituents dissolve into the hydrofracturing water. Current options for handling of hydrofracturing water include treatment for reuse, treatment for discharge, and deep well disposal. The focus of this course is to provide a foundational understanding of the use of water in hydrofracturing, and the disposition of return water (flowback and produced water) from hydrofractured wells. Areas of emphasis include hydrofracturing water preparation, treatment of flowback water for reuse, evaporation-crystallization of hydrofracturing water, and overall economics of water management. The course serves as a sound introduction to the area for those wishing to learn about shale gas development, and provides detailed information for professionals who may be working with shale gas water.

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

W11: Fundamentals of Evaporative Water Treatment for Steam Generating EOR Processes
Evaporative water treatment may seem complex at surface-level, but once the underlying principles are understood, evaporation system design and operation become very straightforward. This course is designed to explore everything from the fundamentals of evaporator technology to its integration into various EOR processes: steam injection processes such as SAGD and CSS. Course matter will cover the basics of producing water suitable for steam generation (either drum boilers or OTSG’s) and maximizing water recycle by employing concentration and crystallization systems. A particular emphasis will be placed on water chemistry design implications and unit operations such as falling film evaporation and crystallization will be covered in-depth. Several real-world case studies will be examined to reinforce theoretical principles.

Instructor: Greg Mandigo, Aquatech International Corp., Hartland, WI

W12: Reverse Osmosis - Back to the Basics, Design and Operation*
The application of reverse osmosis (RO) has grown rapidly over the last 15 year. However, some of the basics have been lost in shuffle. Furthermore, many times professionals and operators familiar with ion exchange are now faced with operating RO systems with little or no training. This Workshop covers the basics of RO, 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 basics of RO.

Instructor: Jane Kucera, Nalco Company, Naperville, IL

W13: Advanced Ion Exchange
This workshop is designed to build on basic ion exchange principals and will provide the opportunity to acquire an in depth knowledge of how ion exchange resins can be used in applications other than traditional softening and deionizing applications. The workshop is divided into four sections.

Section 1 covers ion exchange fundamental theories and a review of the four basic types of ion exchangers, how their properties differ, and how they are used.

Section 2 covers capacity calculations for any virtually any ion and solution and how to make preliminary calculations to determine if ion exchange is feasible and/or practical.

Section 3 covers trace ion removal, principal of concentration difference, an over view of selective resins, and brief discussion of how some of the more common trace contaminants can be treated.

Section 4 covers identification of problems causes, troubleshooting approaches, cleaning strategies, and how to set up spreadsheet models of operating ion exchange systems that normalize operating data.

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

Thursday November 21, 2013 - 1:00pm-5:00pm

W14: 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 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.

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

W15: Electrodieonization (EDI) Presents
Electro-deionization (EDI) is a time proven process which combines semi-permeable membrane technology with ion-exchange media to provide a highly efficient self-regenerated unit that provides demineralized water without chemicals. This workshop will be broken down into two-(2) session. The 1st session will explore the design and operation of EDI modules from different manufacturers of EDI membranes. A typical feed water source shall be reviewed and EDI projections will be presented from different EDI membranes manufacturer(s). The 2nd session will cover their system design approaches and effluent water quality; provide a simplified

EDI - P&ID print of the system designed, present recommended membrane data collection parameters, cleaning protocol, review a typical autopsy report and the system operating cost. This workshop provides one stop shopping for all your EDI needs.

Instructor: Steven R. Gagnon, AVANTech, Inc., Columbia, SC

W16: Advanced Ion Exchange in SAGD
Ion exchange in SAGD waters, both brackish and produced, is usually limited to softening for OTSG make-up. Both are usually lime softened, and often contain high TDS levels, low hardness to TDS ratios and foulants such as oil. This course will explain the two different processes, WAC or SAC ion exchange, reasons for picking one or the other, cleaning and regeneration methods, as well as compare capital and operating costs. It will be useful to both design engineers and operators.

Instructor: Don Downey, The Purolite Company, Paris, ON Canada

W17: Cleaning and Troubleshooting of Reverse Osmosis Systems
Effective cleaning of reverse osmosis systems is dependent on several key parameters. These key parameters include RO system design, membrane selection, cleaning skid design, operation, membrane chemicals and cleaning procedures. Information on these key parameters and their impact on effective cleaning will be discussed in detail. Troubleshooting is necessary when cleaning does not restore the RO performance or when performance problems occur during the start-up/commissioning of new RO membrane elements.

Different methods are discussed that can be used to identify and locate the performance problem in the RO system. Guidelines on the interpretation of results generated by these tools will be provided. Case studies of 2 plants will be presented.

This workshop is designed for RO system operators and designers to gather information ask questions and solve problems in a workshop environment.

Instructor: Jantje Johnson, OrangeBoat, Eden Praire, MN

W18: How New Standards for Legionnaires Disease Assessment and Control Will Soon Impact Many Buildings/ Offices/ Hotels/Industrial Plants
This workshop will help attendees identify existing guidelines and the information in new Standards that will address Legionnaires Disease potential and assessment in all types of buildings including hotels, large motels, offices, condos, hospitals, health care facilities, and many industrial plants. It will outline the recommended action steps needed to minimize the potential sources such as cooling towers, ornamental fountains and waterfalls, hot water potable water systems, whirl pools, swimming pools, and all aerosol producing devises. We will provide a brief overview of Legionnaires disease, what causes it and how best to minimize it from occurring.

This work shop is a practical approach to develop safe guards for your people and visitors to your facility and develop protection from potential Legionella out breaks and associated litigation. This work shop is ideal for managers of utilities, corporate safety, office buildings & condos and maintenance operations; but all are welcome and a must for all concerned persons. A complete manual and a Q&A session will be held.

Instructor: Paul Puckorius, Puckorius & Associates, Inc., Arvada, CO

W19: Ultrafiltration
As Ultrafiltration (UF) advances both technically and commercially it offers advantages to address a number of water treatment problems not easily solved by other membrane technologies. The goal of this UF workshop is to provide the participants with a working understanding on the basics of pressurized UF, the terminology and technology of scaled UF as applied against Municipal and Industrial water applications. The course would look at how UF “fits” with other water treatment unit operations and how it can be implemented as part of an overall water treatment plan given varied water conditions and targeted treatment requirements. In addition a brief review of some specific regulatory aspects and requirements of applying pUF into the Municipal space will be discussed.

The targeted goal for participants is to provide a basic understanding pUF technology and how it may be applied as key unit operation to address a variety of water treatment needs.

Instructor: Daryl Gisch, Ph.D., Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI

W20: Business and IP Development
This workshop will focus on legal and business strategies for building a technology-based water treatment business, raising capital, economically protecting patent and trade secret rights after the 2011 America Invents Act, and planning for a return on investment through the practice, licensing, or sale of the technology or business.  Technology owners will be invited to a free half hour follow-up consultation with one of the presenters by telephone.

Instructors:  Gregory Chafee, Thompson Hine Water Group, Atlanta, GA; Mark Levy, Thompson Hine Water Group, Dayton, OH; Clifton McCann, Thompson Hine Water Group, Washington, DC; and Michael Zimmer, Thompson Hine Water Group, Washington, DC


If you should have any questions or an idea for a new Workshop, please contact Conference Manager, Stephanie Mueller by phone at 412-261-0710, ext. 13 or, s.mueller@eswp.com.