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The course takes a step-by-step approach to analyze & understand the issues related to water & wastewater treatment. We start with a review of aquatic chemistry, understanding the basic terminology used in the industry & gradually introducing more topics

Course Outline
Municipal and industrial wastewater has received considerable attention of research and engineering, since it touches the daily life of all populations. Securing a safe, reliable source of potable water is an ever growing challenge for governmental and professional agencies, where daily demand is growing and yet more complex issues are evolving with the daily use of more chemicals and materials. It is important for people involved in water business to get first hand understanding of the complex issues related to water and wastewater. Recently, with the extensive consumption of pharmaceutical drugs and excessive usage of electronic gadgets, more risks are posed to the environment and water supplies. It is the duty of everyone involved to ensure that the public at large are receiving healthy water for daily use. That comes from the fundamental understanding of processes and technology used in water and wastewater treatment.   Objective The course takes a step-by-step approach to analyze and understand the issues related to water and wastewater treatment. We start with a review of aquatic chemistry, understanding the basic terminology used in the industry and gradually introducing more topics that are essential for every participant to understand and use. Federal and provincial regulations will also be reviewed. As well, we shall be using examples and practice drawings from industry. Participants are also encouraged to bring examples from their own fields to get acquainted with each other.

Topics covered include physical, chemical and biological treatment. Once the participants feel they gained the knowledge needed, we will be covering sophisticated technologies, such as ultrasonic and supercritical fluid technologies. We will also touch basis on integration of renewable energy resources in water works. Sufficient reading materials and hand-outs will be distributed for both course taking and future reference.

  Target Audience: This course is designed for people involved in water and wastewater business. Engineers, technologists, plant operators, municipal officers, government agencies and others are encouraged to attend. It is also suitable for people involved in budgeting and procurement, waste management and bottling industry. No previous experience in the industry is needed. We will start with basic topics and ensure everyone is actively participating and has benefited from topics presented. The participants will be given the chance to interact with each other, since spreading knowledge is a theme of the course.  

Aquatic Chemistry-Refresher

  • Basic Terminology
  • Acidity Level
  • Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)
  • Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)
  • Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen and
  • Ammonia Nitrogen
  • Hardness and Total Suspended
  • Solids (TSS)
  • Elemental Analysis

Water Quality Parameters and Standards

  • Federal Regulations
  • Provincial Regulations
  • US Regulations
  • International Regulations

Primary Water Treatment-Physical

  • Pretreatment Processes and Practice
  • Primary Processes and Practices
  • Sedimentation and Settling
  • Flocculation and Flocculants
  • Coagulation and Coagulants

Case Study: Best Industry Practice and New Chemicals

Secondary Water Treatment-Biological

  • Biological Methods-Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Digestion
  • Biological Contactor and the Membrane Reactor
  • Aeration Methods and Equipment
  • Activated Sludge Treatment and Handling

Tertiary Water Treatment-Chemical

  • Disinfection-Water Chlorination and Equipment
  • Ozonation
  • Processing using Ultraviolet Light and Peroxides
  • Removal of Phosphorous
  • Removal of Nitrogen
  • Removal of Fluorine
                    Water Treatment Techniques-Review
  • Physical Methods
  • Chemical Methods
  • Biological Methods
  • Non-Classical Methods

Case Study 2: Industrial Practice

Filtration in Water Treatment

  • Filtration Theory
  • Filtration Equipment and Practice

Reverse Osmosis in Water Treatment

  • RO Theory
  • RO Equipment and Practice
  • RO for Desalination

Ion Exchange and Adsorption in Water Treatment

  • IX Theory
  • IX Equipment and Practice

Case Study 3: Industrial Practice

Industrial Effluents

  • Characteristics of Industrial effluents
  • Oil Refinery Effluents
  • Oilsands Effluents
  • Mining Effluents
  • Pharmaceutical Effluents
  • Dairy Effluents

Non-Classical Methods

  • Sonochemical Treatment
  • Supercritical Fluid Oxidation

Case Study 4: Industrial Practice-Renewable Energy in Water and Wastewater Treatment

  Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Gain a fundamental understanding of aquatic chemistry and testing
  • Familiarize themselves with the engineering and technology of water treatment and recycle
  • Have better understanding of provincial and governmental regulations and guidelines for water systems
  • Be able to draw conclusions on available treatment methods and help in taking proper decisions in design and operation
  Instructor Ian Buchanan has a B.Eng. in Civil Engineering, a M.Eng. (thesis-based) in Environmental Engineering, a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from McGill University, and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta (APEGGA). He is an experienced academic and researcher, whose work as an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta in the areas of industrial and municipal wastewater treatment process development, modeling, and optimization has led to two book chapters and over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, conference papers, conference presentations, and engineering reports. 
  Dr. Buchanan has led more than 15 projects funded by industry, research organizations, and government departments. He has taught undergraduate courses in municipal systems engineering, environmental impact assessment, environmental protection, environmental engineering fundamentals, probability and statistics for engineers, and chemical and physical treatment processes.  Graduate level courses include industrial wastewater management, biological waste-treatment processes, physical-chemical water and wastewater treatment, and environmental engineering measurements.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

A certificate of completed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted at the end of this course. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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