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E&IC Process Optimization

This presentation is intended to assist non-electrical engineers to understand what is shown on a P&ID and how the P&ID complements the design drawings of other disciplines such as the process civil engineer and the electrical power engineer. The presentation begins with understanding the symbology used and how it relates back to the physical installation. It includes how the information shown on a P&ID must be consistent with details shown on floor plans, wiring schedules, and installation details.

George Luke, PE has almost 40 years of experience as an electrical engineer and project manager. His experience includes electrical distribution and controls as well as instrumentation and controls engineering. He has worked on projects both domestically as well as offshore and internationally. His areas of specialty include oil/gas operations, utilities for semiconductor manufacturing plants, and water/wastewater facilities. Currently, Mr. Luke is the engineering manager for Gupta & Associates, Inc. (GAI) where he oversees project staffing, schedule adherence, personnel development, project management, and quality reviews. He manages a staff that includes professional engineers, designers, drafting, and support personnel.

CFD Analysis of SIMS South

Hydraulic and wastewater process models are valuable tools for optimizing the design and operation of water resource recovery facilities. This presentation will introduce wastewater process modeling and its benefits and provide an overview of CFD model capabilities for identifying hydraulic bottlenecks and improving flow distribution. A case study of the CFD and process models developed for the Sims Bayou South WWTP will be discussed.

Nick Landes, Ph.D., P.E. is a water/wastewater treatment specialist with Freese and Nichols, Inc. Dr. Landes has over 11 years of experience conducting Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with applications ranging from flow splitting structures to secondary clarifier settling. Nick is a founding member of the ASCE CFD Modeling Task Group, which focuses on the advancement of CFD for water and wastewater treatment applications.

Rachel Adkisson, P.E. is a Project Engineer at Freese and Nichols with 4 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment design and process modeling. Rachel’s experience includes developing and utilizing wastewater process models for alternative analysis and design optimization.


This talk will introduce wastewater operators to principles of microbiology as it applies to wastewater treatment processes. Will focus on the microorganism and their characteristics that are key to treatment process performance with particular emphasis on flocculation, settleability, and SRT. Will also consider process configurations including complete mix, plug flow, selectors, and A2O and their relationship to filamentous bulking.

Sean Scuras, PhD, PE is Garver’s National Practice Leader for Wastewater Treatment and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Clemson University. A former WWTP operator, Dr. Scuras has over 38 years of experience in the wastewater field and has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University His specialties include process troubleshooting, operator training, process design, and process optimization. He has been a member of WEF’s Technical Practice and Municipal Water Resource Recovery Committees and has taught in WEF Workshops on Wastewater Microbiology and Biological Nutrient Removal for several years.

Introduction to Biological Nutrient Removal

This presentation will help attendees to understand why nutrients removal is important, how to remove nutrients through biological processes of nitrification and denitrification, and the considerations for operations of nutrient removal processes.

Charan Tanneru obtained his M.S in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Houston. Charan is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas with over seven years of professional experience in water and wastewater treatment plant design. Charan is currently working as a Project Lead at Stantec on a variety of municipal wastewater treatment and water treatment facility design projects.

Kristin O’Neill is a professional engineer and senior project manager at Stantec with 10 years of experience in the water industry. She graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Environmental Engineering. She worked as a treatment engineer for a water company and as a consulting process engineer until she made her way to the great state of Texas in 2014. Kristin’s professional experience includes water and wastewater treatment systems, biosolids, pumping systems, and gravity sewer projects.

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