Friday, 24 February 2017

Troubleshooting Effluent Treatment Plant

I've been busy this week recovering from jetlag after last week's trip to Pakistan and planning a troubleshooting exercise at a misbehaving commercial effluent treatment plant.

I have quite a few contracts on the go  at the moment, but the others are luckily quiet enough that I have been able to give much of my attention to figuring out what we need to do to make sense of the data in hand, and what we can do once we understand what has been happening to improve matters.

I have a plan and method statements for all that, and the lab booked starting next week to analyse new samples, so I will soon be in a positon to start to tweak the plant (or more accurately in this case, watch others tweak it).

Things may get slightly worse before they get better, so I'm going to get the EA to buy into the plan before carrying it out. The client has authorised me to talk to the EA on their behalf, so next week will be busy with that.

I'm also doing a day's teaching at Chester (on Plant Layout), and looking at getting out the first rough draft of my new book.  

Sunday, 19 February 2017

An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design Training Course

Posters and Entrance from An Applied Guide to Process And Plant Design Training Course PIEAS Pakistan

I got back from Pakistan yesterday, where I had been delivering the materials I'm using for the three-day course based on my book "An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design" which I will be giving in Manchester at the end of March.

I'd never been to Pakistan before, which added to eth interest, but the best thing was the enthusiasm of the delegates, mostly engineers with five to ten years of postgraduate experience. I hope I have such keen delegates in March!

The rest of the month will mostly be taken up with design work to do with an underperforming commercial effluent treatment plant, and one day a week of undergrad teaching at either Manchester or Chester.  

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Hydraulic Design of Industrial Effluent Treatment Plants

A mixed bag this week, with a visit to a top-tier COMAH site to consult on hydraulic problems they have been having with their effluent treatment plant, and some time later in the week reviewing flow and layout data and devising solutions.

I also got my complimentary copies of my plant layout book. Hadn't really grasped how big it was until I held a copy. Even in softback, 756 pages at 21 x 27.3 cm weighs more than 2kg. Get your own copy here

I also threw my hat into the ring for a place on the secretive council which runs the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

I'm just getting ready now for next week's delivery of the materials I will be using for my process plant design course at the end of March.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Hydraulic Design in Water and Effluent Treatment

Hopefully picked up a bit of real design work today, doing hydraulic design for modifications to a sewage treatment plant.

It'll make a nice break from writing the water and effluent treatment plant design book before I go overseas for a week to deliver the materials I am using for my IChemE accredited process plant design course. I've got about 45 delegates for that at present, which makes a nice number for the group work exercises.