Asset Management

ICI Electrical Engineering Operators Training Workshop – September 26th and 27th

ICI Electrical Engineering is holding it’s 3rd annual Operator Training Workshop in Kamloops, BC at the end of September.

This year Wade Turner and Matt Smith from our Kamloops office will be speaking on September 27th. Here are their session abstracts along with presentation information.

Energy and Process Management in Small Wastewater Treatment Systems

Presentation Time: September 27th, 8:30am – 9:30am Columbia Room
Presenter: Matt Smith, P.Eng

Urban-Systems-Matt-SmithMatt is an environmental engineer with experience in municipal, first nations, land development and mining settings, with an emphasis on water and wastewater treatment, hydraulics, contract administration and project delivery.  Matt has worked on the planning, design and construction of several wastewater treatment facilities, including the Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre.  He joined Urban Systems in 2008 and became a partner in 2014.  Before joining Urban Systems Matt worked for ten years in forestry in central and northwest BC, doing work in forest protection, ecosystem mapping, site productivity research and resource inventory.  Matt holds degrees in Biotechnology from the University of Abertay Dundee, and in Environmental Engineering from UBC and UNBC.

Presentation Synopsis
Energy consumption for aeration at sewage treatment plants is the largest operational cost at many treatment facilities, and offers the greatest potential for savings. However, it is important to recognize the best way to realize savings, especially in smaller less mechanized facilities. Adding dissolved oxygen sensors and VFD managed process control is one way to achieve savings, but is not appropiate for many systems. This presentation will review different options for achieving energy savings by discussing particular process and design issues, how process design calculations are made, and the limitations and opportunities provided by different types of and blowers. The concepts presented will be demonstrated with process calculations on a real system.

Learning Outcomes
An understanding of the opportunities for energy and process management in small sewage treatment facilities, how aeration systems are sized, and energy saving opportunities can be assessed and realised including those related to seasonal changes.

Meaningful Impact Operations can have on Asset Management

Presentation Time: September 27th, 2:00 – 3:00pm Columbia Room
Presenter: Wade Turner, Senior Engineering Tech./GIS Coordinator.

Urban-Systems-Wade-turnerWade has worked extensively in both BC and Alberta over the past 21 years. He is the technical advisor and GIS lead on infrastructure data capture projects; asset inventory and management programs; tangible capital asset assessments; infrastructure risk assessments; master plans; and, uni-directional flushing programs for our municipal and First Nation clients. Wade brings exceptional knowledge of asset management programs and GIS tool and techniques used to support decision-making for our engineering, planning and environmental practices. Wade’s experience will ensure we are able to efficiently take stock of the available infrastructure records and help communities to take steps to develop their Asset Management Programs.

Public Works and Operations are the most knowledgeable people in their communities on the assets they manage so it is critical that those teams actively contribute to this initiative.

Many staff involved in asset management don’t regularly touch or see the infrastructure, so it is critical that they get input and information from Operations and Public Works to help make the most informed decisions. Some key information can be collected while in the field so operators are not burdened with additional paperwork yet information is fed into the asset management program. This input helps the community save money and increases confidence in the replacement plan. This will include:

  • How long components are lasting,
  • The current condition of the assets,
  • Areas of concern and high risk,
  • New/abandoned or replaced components,
  • Up-to-date costs.

Another need is to have a consistent way to prioritize capital works especially when competing for limited funding. In this presentation, we will go through a number of key tasks that can be performed by Operations that can provide meaningful impact and inform your on-going Asset Management Program.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Get a quick overview of why to do asset management;
  • Learn how construction projects can be broken down (assets and costs) to a level of detail to support Operations, Asset Management and Finance;
  • See examples of how asset condition can be tracked from the field and the information can be put to use;
  • See examples of how asset risks can be identified and the information can be put to use;
  • Learn about a couple of funding programs that can be used to support Asset Management in your community.

For more information about the workshop, visit the ICI event webpage.

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