8th Annual WERF Research Forum

2013 WERF Research Forum – Agenda

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Day 1 - Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Start Time Description Speakers
8:00 am Registration and coffee  
8:30 am Welcome Cathy Gerali, WERF Board Chair 
8:40 am Keynote – The Applicability of Sound Scientific Research to Policy and Economic Decision Making w/ Q&A Ken Rubin, PhD
Ken Kirk, NACWA
Jeff Eger, WEF
9:05 am Event Overview Glenn Reinhardt, WERF

Session 1 - Economic Decision Making for Wastewater Collection and Treatment

Start Time Description Speakers Associated Research Presentation Recording
9:10 am The Role of Economic Analysis in Asset Management - Using Triple Bottom Line Economics and Customer Willingness to Pay to Develop KPIs and Service Levels Terry Martin, Seattle Public Utilities   Download (MOV, 117 MB)
9:25 am How Economic Analysis and the Underlying Concepts Inform Asset Management Decision Making. David Marlow, CSIRO SAM1R06TO4  
9:50 am Discussion      
10:00 am      Break      
10:20 am If asset renewal is not cost effective now, when will it be? 
Reinvestment strategies and risk based on End of Asset Life Reinvestment Decision Making Tool – How reinvestment decisions are aided with the tool, including a hands-on demonstration of the tool.
Duncan Rose and Shiv Iyer, PhD, GHD INFR2R11 and SAM1R06 TO4 Download (WMV, 171 MB)
10:45 am Discussion      
11:00 am Leading Practices and the Tools Used to Support Economic Decision Making: 4 Case Studies
Moderated by Walter Graf, Frank Godin, and Terry Brueck, EMA.
  1. Level of Service
  2. Life Cycle Cost
  3. Capital Project Validation and Prioritization
  4. Condition Assessment Scoring
  1. Victoria Underwood of Henderson, NV
  2. Deidre Blackard of Gwinnett County, GA
  3. Patrick Beane of Johnson County, KS
  4. Darren Hollifield of JEA, FL
11:50 am Discussion      
12:00 pm Buffet Lunch      
1:30 pm Gresham 2 years later: How a Utility and Other City Agencies Worked Together on a Multi-Sector Asset Management Program to Collaborate on Economic Decisions Paul Proctor, Veolia Water SAM6PR08 Download (WMV, 24 MB)
1:45 pm Discussion and Session Wrap Up Walter Graf, WERF    

Session 2 - Energy’s Role in the Economics of Wastewater Treatment

Start Time Description Speakers Associated Research Presentation Recording
2:00 pm Flipping the Switch – Changing from Energy Consumer to Energy Producer Andrew Salveson, Carollo Engineers ENER2C12 Download (WMV, 15 MB)
2:20 pm

Full Plant Deammonification for Energy Neutral Wastewater Treatment

Sudhir Murthy, PhD, DC Water INFR6R11  
2:40 pm Discussion      
3:00 pm Break      
3:20 pm Algae Bioreactors – A Cost-effective Approach for Enhanced Nutrient Removal Katherine C. Filippino, PhD, Old Dominion University U4R10 Download (WMV, 14 MB)
3:40 pm

State of the Science Review on Extractive Nutrient Recovery

Ron Latimer, Hazen & Sawyer NTRY1R12 Download (WMV, 28 MB)
4:00 pm Discussion      
4:10 pm Different Financial Metrics – Different Outcomes: What Helps and What Hinders Resource Recovery Projects Mike Elenbaas, Black & Veatch OWSO11C10 Download (WMV, 18 MB)
4:30 pm Changing the Economics of Siloxane Removal  -  Not Your Granddad’s Granular Activated Carbon Anymore Sunil Mehta, Infilco Degremont OWSO10C10 Download (MOV, 88 MB)
4:50 pm Discussion and Session Wrap Up Lauren Fillmore, WERF    

Day 1 Wrap-up / Day 2 Preview

5:00 – 6:30 pm Hosted Reception Dan Woltering

Day 2 - Wednesday, January 30, 2012

8:30 am Welcome and Day’s Overview John Barber

Session 3 - Managing the Economic Impacts of Wet Weather

Start Time Description Speakers Associated Research Presentation Recording
8:35 am Challenges to Planning Effective Management of Wet Weather Events including Sustainability, Affordability and Dependability Tom Granato, PhD, MWRDGC   Session 3, part 1
Download (MOV, 397 MB)
8:50 am

Flood Grouting for Infiltration Reduction on Private Side Sewers –Making the business case and evaluating the cost effectiveness of an innovative rehabilitation on a large targeted area

Martha Burke, Seattle Public Utilities INFR5R11
9:10 am The Effect of Wet Weather Driven Dissolved Oxygen Sags on Fishes in Urban Systems -  Results from a Chicago Area Waterways Field Study John Wolfe, PhD, LimnoTech U3R09
9:30 am


10:00 am Break      
10:20 am Stormwater BMP Performance – A summary of current knowledge Jon Jones, Wright Water Engineers, and Eric Strecker, Geosyntec Consultants 03SW1COe Session 3, part 2
Download (WMV, 72 MB)
10:40 am

Linking BMP and Green Infrastructure Performance to Receiving Water Impacts – New tools for cost-effective stormwater management

Charles Rowney, PhD, ACR SWC1R06
11:00 am Cutting Edge View of Research, Tools and Methods for Adaptation to Extreme Events Nancy Beller-Simms, PhD, NOAA CC7C11
11:20 am Discussion      

Forum Wrap-Up

11:45 am Forum Wrap-Up and Afternoon Activities Preview Terry Johnson
12:00 pm Adjourn – Hosted Luncheon TBC

Day 2 Afternoon Activities

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm LIFT Working Group Meeting
Time TBA IAT Meetings

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