Specialist Technical Training in Activated Sludge
22 March 2013, News release from Aqua Enviro Technology Transfer
Aqua Enviro run specialist training courses at our dedicated training suite in Wakefield.
29th April 2013 Design of Activated Sludge Systems
30th April 2013 Operation and Control of Activated Sludge Plants
1st May 2013 Microscopic Examination for the Operation & Control of Wastewater Treatment Plants
Design of Activated Sludge Systems
Modern activated sludge plants can have a wide array of designs depending on the consents that apply. This determines which bacterial populations and process conditions need to be present. This course will provide information on the sizes and design of the individual zones within the system, (anaerobic, anoxic and aerobic). Plant configurations to optimise treatment performance from complete mix to plug flow along with the settlement through selector design and use of the SSVI3.5 and the WRc nomograph will be discussed. In this time of rising energy costs, ensuring aeration and energy requirements are optimised.
Operation & Control of Activated Sludge Systems
Taking attendees through each aspect of treatment plant operation, giving details of each process unit and the performance that should be achieved by each unit. It covers the principles of activated sludge, including the loading rates (F/M), sludge age and the importance of the plant operating at the right values. The efficiency of aeration systems and opportunities for reducing energy costs. Sludge settlement is also tackled with process changes to ensure the sludge settles well to minimise foaming and bulking problems. The course provides the practical background & worked examples to enable attendees to put together their own operating strategies & to identify & rectify problems when these occur.
Microscopic Examination for the Operation & Control of Wastewater Treatment Plants
All wastewater treatment plants experience operating problems from time to time, and some plants a lot more than others. Very few activated sludge plants have been free from foaming and bulking problems. In a similar way poor solids removal, inefficient BOD removal, odour problems, inhibition and toxicity can all occur on a seemingly random basis. Routine sampling and chemical analysis is expensive, demanding and it's interpretation is not always clear. By contrast, microscopic examination of the microbial consortium in the treatment plant is simple, inexpensive and provides extensive information as to the likely causes of plant problems. The results can also be used to optimise the performance of the plant to ensure that effluent is as good as the plant is able to produce and that energy costs and sludge production are at a minimum. This course is part lectures and part in the laboratory. We encourage participants to bring samples from their own sites to analyze and discuss with our experts.
"I enjoyed the training days very much and felt that it was all done in a very relaxed way and yet the training was quite intensive. I have taken away a lot of inspiration and ideas, and I'm confident that I can now optimize my waste treatment system and consequently make significant cost savings for the firm by treating more waste on site and tankering less (or none) away for disposal.
I really have got renewed enthusiasm for my work through a better understanding of what I am dealing with and the influences I can have! Be assured that I would thoroughly recommend your training, it really was money well spent. All the staff were friendly and helpful too." Andrew Catling, R & K Drysdale
"The course was delivered in a fun, professional manner by people who are clearly experts in their field. With limited knowledge of the activated sludge process I understood what was taught and have related it to my daily work." Lesley Sherlock, Ulster Farm By-Product
By attending all three days you will get a complete overview of the system and processes involved plus lots of time to ask questions of the experts and discuss problems and tips with your fellow delegates.
LECTURERS for the Activated Sludge training are Dr Nigel Horan and Matthew Smyth
Dr Nigel Horan, University of Leeds and Aqua Enviro BSc, MSc, PhD, FCIWEM, C.Sci, C.Env, MIWat. Nigel is Reader in Public Health Engineering School of Civil Engineering at Leeds University and a leading researcher in the fields of environmental engineering and microbiology applied to the problems of wastewater treatment and sludge handling. Dr Horan has particular expertise in: foaming, bulking and filamentous bacteria; nitrification and phosphorus removal; odour management; sequencing batch reactor technology, and pathogen removal.
Matthew Smyth, Aqua Enviro BSc, MRes, Exec MBA, MCiwem, CSci. Matt is Operations Director at Aqua Enviro Limited. His career began in the late 1990's as a Commissioning Engineer with Earthtech Engineering Ltd (now AECOM), where he developed and implemented at pilot and full scale a carbonaceous control strategy for the CASS (Cyclic Activated Sludge System). Over the past decade he has worked closely with water companies and industry, troubleshooting sites that have experienced foaming and bulking and optimising aeration control systems to reduce OPEX.
LABORATORY SESSIONS for Microscopy are taken by Emma Cowley or Paul Lavender, who are both senior scientists with years of experience of investigating samples with Aqua Enviro.
Emma Cowley has worked at Aqua Enviro for 12 years and considers that soon she might be fully accepted as an adopted Yorkshirewoman after moving here in 1997. With a keen eye for spotting Vorticella and rotifers along with telling filamentous species apart and the sheer number of samples examined means that Emma is well qualified to be involved in the microscopy training.
Paul Lavender has over 13 years consultancy experience in the wastewater industry. Having originally studied Environmental Chemistry at Leeds University, he has worked for Aqua Enviro since 2000 in which time he has been involved in developing, trialing and troubleshooting a wide range of treatment processes in both the municipal and industrial sectors.
For further information please email Aqua Enviro Technology Transfer