APWAOK/OWEA Joint Annual Conference

Tulsa, Oklahoma | May. 09-11

The American Public Works Association Oklahoma Chapter and the Oklahoma Water Environment Association are combining again to create a professional conference experience for participants. OWEA is an organization of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals striving to preserve and enhance the water environment of America’s heartland. Professionals from all areas of public service, including engineering design and Public Works management, fleet management, street maintenance and water/wastewater operations attend this conference. Garver joins professionals across Oklahoma in advancing their careers through networking and professional development while learning about a variety of topics.

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Tuesday Workshop: Fundamentals of Activated Sludge Bulking and Foaming

Garver Wastewater Practice Leader Sean Scuras, Ph.D., PE, BCEE and Ross Stover (Stover Group) will lead a special 1 ½ hour workshop at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 titled Fundamentals of Activated Sludge Bulking and Foaming. This session will focus on teaching operators, engineers, and plant/utility managers the basics of examining their mixed liquor to track the presence of filamentous microorganisms, details for identifying some key filaments and their causes, as well as immediate and long-term filament control techniques.

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Technical Presentations

Mary Elizabeth Mach

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

You Can’t Plan Long Term if You Only Plan Year-to-Year!

This presentation will discuss the need for a formal CIP management plan, how the City of Lawton fully realized the need to put one in place, and how working with Garver to develop and implement a CIP management plan will deliver sustainable infrastructure to the community.

Speaker: Oklahoma Water Team Leader Mary Elizabeth Mach, PE and Michael Cleghorn (City of Lawton)

Cole Niblett

4-4:30 p.m.

Piloting AGS and the mUCT for EnBNR and IPR: What Do All of These Letters Mean?

This presentation will provide an update on the indirect potable reuse (IPR) pilot in Norman, Oklahoma that is currently ongoing. The pilot is comparing aerobic granular sludge (AGS) and the modified University of Cape Town (mUCT) processes side-by-side at the Norman Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). The Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) reactors are being piloted to evaluate both nitrogen and phosphorus removal, aerobic biomass granulation/densification, and simultaneous nitrification/denitrification all within the context of indirect potable reuse.

Speaker: Project Manager Cole Niblett, PE

Michael Winterscheidt

4:30-5 p.m.

Pathway to Hope

This presentation will discuss the Garver-designed Pathway to Hope, a pedestrian pathway, connecting the Historic Greenwood District and John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Pathway coincided with the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and provided a challenging timeline for both design and construction. The Pathway to Hope was designed within the state right of way, along the south side of Interstate 244 and reclaimed some of the Greenwood District area.

Speaker: Transportation Project Manager Michael Winterscheidt, PE

Sean Scuras

9-9:30 a.m.

Aerobic Granular Sludge – Design of the First AGS WWTP in North America

Design of the first US aerobic granular sludge (AGS) WWTP. The AGS provides faster settleability thereby allowing an increase in mixed liquor concentration to >8000 mg/L for more treatment in the same footprint. AGS also provides inherent nutrient removal. These advantages result from operational changes and require no specialized equipment.

Speaker: Wastewater Practice Leader Sean Scuras, PE, Ph.D., BCEE

Randy McIntyre

10:30-11 a.m.

Do You Need an Asset Management Program or Asset Management Based Plan?

This presentation will provide some background and explanation of an Asset Management “Program" with a focus on the information and practical implementation of a utility utilizing an asset management approach to optimize their programs and planning.

Speaker: Central Region Water Director Randy McIntyre, PE, BCEE

Eric Dole

11-11:30 a.m.

The Best Asset Management Program Incorporates Energy Management Concepts

This presentation will cover, the basics integrating energy management (EM) into asset management (AM), how to deploy wire-to-water and wire-to-air testing, Interpreting the results, example EEMs, determining energy and operational cost savings, integrating electric utility Demand Side Rebate (DSM) program rebate incentives into EM/AM to help improve business case replacement, and more.

Speaker: Water and Energy Practice Leader Eric Dole, PE, PSAP