Distance - Waste Water Treatment Plant Optimization (1.2 CEUs)


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  • Looking for refresher course on specific engineering topics and cannot find an intensive course to serve your needs?

  • This may be your ideal Professional Development course!

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This course is approximately 3 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

Operators, engineers, designers and managers involved with wastewater treatment plants aim for an overall understanding of treatment processes in order to achieve the expected performance. This course stresses the understanding of the fundamentals and bridges the theoretical considerations with the practical aspects of operation.

The course aims to provide overall understanding of wastewater treatment processes, with the focus on key operational elements that influence the plant’s performance. After completing the course, participants will have gained knowledge to reduce the operational cost by optimizing the existing operation of the plant. Participants will gain invaluable skills to increase and improve the life cycle of a wastewater treatment plant.

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers involved in the design, operation, monitoring and control of Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Technicians and Technologists involved in Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • New graduates interested in advancing their career
  • Newcomers to Canada interested in gaining knowledge about Canadian industry
  • Municipal workers and individuals who want to sharpen their skills

Course Outcomes

  • Understand the wastewater treatment plant
  • Increase practical awareness of the wastewater treatment plant operation
  • Optimize the plant with or without minimum capital cost investment
  • Gain skills to reduce the operational life cycle costs
  • Improve practical design approach for wastewater treatment facilities
  • Learn about available and acceptable modeling software in this field and their application
  • Learn about Canadian guidelines and standards as it relates to this course

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Katy Modaressi

Katy Modaressi, Ph.D., P.Eng. Dr. Katy Modaressi is a senior process engineer, certified professional engineer and certified project manager with Associated engineering (Ont). She has more than 16 years of work experience on different areas of environmental engineering. She obtained her masters degree in Environmental Engineering and her PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Windsor. She also completed her Post Doctoral Fellow (PDF) at the University of Windsor, working on a novel technique for the soil remediation with particular work on the removal of refinery waste.

Her Ph.D thesis work was in the area of process modeling for advanced oxidation treatment for emerging chemicals, with specific research topic of treatment, removal and process modeling of Bisphenol A, using advanced oxidation techniques. Her Master thesis was on the process optimization of textile industry wastewater treatment, for which she used her pilot plant results to optimize the existing wastewater treatment facility.

She authored/coauthored more than 19 journal and conference papers, abstracts and magazine articles along with 7 journal papers in preparation or already submitted.

She also has extensive hands on experience in her field. From designing water and wastewater treatment plants to optimizing the existing plants, she has been involved in municipal and industrial projects as big as multi billion dollar value remediation and treatment projects for oil refineries, overseas. She served our industry in many capacities from faculty position to process engineer and project manager.


  • Optimization Definition
  • Optimization versus Upgrade
  • Optimization Cost and Duration (Consulting Part)
  • Who Should Conduct Optimization
  • Optimization Standards/Guidelines

Expected Benefits of WWTP Optimization

  • Improved Plant Performance, Reliability, Flexibility and Efficiency
  • Reduced Capital Costs of Expansion/Upgrading
  • Reduced Operating Costs
  • Improved Operating Practices

Elements of a WWTP Optimization Program

Establish Objectives

Plant Evaluation Tools

  • Self-Assessment Report
  • Historical Data Review
  • Unit Process Capacity Chart
  • Sludge Accountability Analysis
  • Benchmarking Operating Costs and Staffing
  • Unit Processes and Key Monitoring Parameters
  • Flow Meter Assessment
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Off-Line Monitoring

Process Analysis Tools

  • Aeration System Capacity and Efficiency Analysis
  • Hydraulic Modelling
  • Analysis of Recycle Streams
  • Stress Testing
  • Clarifier Hydraulic Tests
  • Other Clarifier Diagnostics Tests
  • Mixing Tests
  • Process Modelling and Simulation

Optimization Approaches

  • Improved Operations and Maintenance
  • Instrumentation, Control and Automation
  • Treatment Process Modifications
  • Achieving Resource Cost Savings

Document Benefits

Optimization Task Flow Sheet

Sample Projects

  • Capacity and performance assessment and modeling to optimize the impact of high flow in the plant

Open Discussion

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

TLNT reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. TLNT's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. TLNT 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. Please click here for complete policies.

This is a Professional Development Distance Program course. These are open to a start date after you register, not scheduled for a specific date.

We could offer any of our courses at a location of your choice and customized contents according to your needs, please contact us at : inhouse@tlnt-training.com or click here  to submit an online request.

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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