Workshops

Tuesday September 19
  • Cost per half day workshop is $175, full day $350
  • 0.3 CEUs for all half day workshops (W1- W4)
  • 0.6 CEUs for full day workhops (W5-W6)
    • CEUs have been approved for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba attendees.
  • Lunch is included for W5 & W6
  • Tuesday evening Exhibition access included in workshops registration

AM sessions – 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
PM sessions – 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
All Day sessions – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

W1 – Emergency Response Preparedness for Waterworks

8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Presenter: Jasmine Wang, Water Security Agency

This workshop will cover emergency preparedness from the perspective of the public, professionals, operators, regulators and will include:

  • Loss of source water/contamination of source water;
  • Multiple waterworks or multiple communities affected – one size does not fit all but it may have too;
  • Information sharing and communications Incident Command / Unified Command structure – how does it work, when does it get mobilized, etc.;
  • Specific community perspectives, issues that are unique within a community that would have to be dealt with, unexpected problems and waterworks capabilities to react to unexpected events;
  • Contaminant specific issues;
  • The need to know what is present in order to know if it can be treated in your waterworks.

Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators
  • Operations Staff
  • Supervisors
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Regulators
  • Municipal Utility Providers

W2 –Lift Station Pumping Essentials

8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Presenters: Rebecca Gatto, Rana Elbittibssi, Luc-Rejean Lepine; Xylem Water Solutions

Sewage lift stations have specific pumping needs to ensure that systems are reliable and provide long term service.  Although lift station systems seem uncomplicated the wrong application or solution can lead to increased maintenance, lower efficiencies, or operational headaches.  Xylem Water Solutions has experience with systems across North America and will go through the essential steps to specifying a proper lift station pumping setup.  The workshop will focus on basic design, pumping characteristics, and common pitfalls when dealing with lift stations.  The workshop is intended to give a balance of the theory and the practical application to fully understand these systems.

Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators
  • Operations Staff
  • Supervisors
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Regulators
  • Municipal Utility Providers

W3 – Automated Metering Systems

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Presenters:  Mike Grossman, Sensus; Keesha Rosario, KTI Limited/Sensus

There continues to be a growing need to provide customers with water use data in an accurate and timely manner. This data in turn provides the water purveyor with information to better project and control their water uses as well as manage their financial plans. This workshop will provide attendees with the foundational knowledge of Automatic Meter Reading and Systems including hardware, communication and software while defining the benefits of “Capturing, Communicating and Controlling” water use for the utility as a whole.

Topics covered

  • Types of meters and communication devices/applications specific to AMR
  • Automatic Meter Reading Systems
  • Migrating to evolving technology – Automatic Metering Infrastructure
  • Options and Benefits to Particular Departments

Who Should Attend?

  • Municipal Administrators
  • Municipal Utility Providers
  • Operation & Maintenance Staff
  • Technologists
  • Supervisors
  • Consulting Engineers

W4 – Leadership Starts With the Leader

1:00 –  4:30 pm
Presenter: Todd Reimer

I have spent 11 years in leadership in non-profit organizations; building, developing and leading teams of volunteers. After spending 10 years building, working in and running several companies in the trades, I saw the need for leadership development within the trades. I have worked with men and women, who would make their way through the different levels in their trade, achieve their journeyman’s ticket and then be thrown into a position of leadership. The challenge for these people was that they usually had little to no experience or training in how to lead people in a way that would create an environment where production, innovation, quality, safety and employee engagement resulted.

Combining what I learned and practiced in my previous roles, I have focused on leadership in the trades because some of the best, most innovative and hardest working people I have worked with have either been in the trades, or leading people in trades. When the people I work with understand and apply the principles of effective leadership, their performance and influence seem to explode! In February 2017 I had a book released that focuses on how leadership starts with the leader: before they can lead someone else, they need to learn to lead themselves. This will be part of the basis for this workshop.

Topics covered

  • Controlling our time:
    • Why our time is our most valuable resource
    •  Using a schedule – paper or computer?
    • Controlling your schedule – managing demands on your time
    • Using a running list – this is not your grandpa’s “to-do list”
    • Review, evaluate, anticipate – 3 times/day
    • Know your tomorrow before you leave today
    • 
Setting priorities – your own, not somebody else’s
  • Improvement:
    • How we think – what we read, listen to, watch changes us
    • Being deliberate
    • Improving our technical skills every year
    • 
Evaluating our growth
  • Find a mentor:
    • Finding someone who knows things you don’t
    • Convincing someone to invest in you
    • Who to avoid as a mentor
    • “Mastermind” Groups

W5 – Advanced Filter Optimization and Surveillance

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Presenter:  David Hambley, Anthratech Western Inc

Filtration is the basis of modern water treatment and although the technology has evolved the basics are still the same.  As we understand more about filtration we find new ways of detecting issues, evaluating filter condition, and improving filter performance.  AWI has presented Filter Optimization and Surveillance workshops for many years and is the industry standard training on filter surveillance and maintenance.  This workshop expands on those principles and explores advanced items such as the effect of influent flow dynamics on filter performance and use of Remotely Operated Vehicles to inspect filters during operation.  The full day session will be held at the Saskatoon Water Treatment Plant and include a practical portion in the Saskatoon WTP’s filters to assess a filter under actual conditions.  Proof of confined space training is required following registration.

Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators
  • Operations Staff
  • Supervisors
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Regulators
  • Municipal Utility Providers

W6 – Groundwater Treatment Solutions

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Presenters:   Dawn Dierker, SaskWater; Enisa Zanacic, SaskWater; Garry Drachenberg, Associated Engineering; Sutha Suthaker, Associated Engineering; Peter Hooge, Associated Engineering; Shengtao Weng, Associated Engineering; Andrew Stevenson, ATAP Infrastructure Management Ltd; O.S. (Arasu) Thirunavukkarasu, Ph.D., P.Eng., Water Security Agency

Treatment of groundwater across the prairie provinces can pose several challenges to water treatment operators and design engineers.  This workshop will look at the different constituents present in groundwater that make treatment challenging like ammonia, iron, manganese, uranium and arsenic.  Presenters will discuss treatment theory, options and provide case studies of plants that have used different technologies.  Testing and analysis will be discussed as well as emerging technologies and options for treating and maintaining the source of the groundwater.

Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators
  • Operations Staff
  • Supervisors
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Regulators
  • Municipal Utility Providers