Greetings from the Windy City!

CH2M HILL is looking forward to attending the 86th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC 2013) in Chicago, Illinois, at the McCormick Place convention center. WEF is anticipating participation of 17,000 attendees from more than 70 countries, which means ample opportunities to network, share best practices and new industry knowledge, as well as learn from one another.

Many of our employees are presenting papers, moderating technical sessions, participating in committee, division and council meetings, or just enjoying the plethora of great people and topics presented at the conference. We consider this an opportunity to not only learn more about the latest issues in the water industry, but also to better get to know our clients to understand their needs, issues and overall objectives. Be sure to check out the full list of CH2M HILL WEFTEC 2013 participation below so you don’t miss out on something exciting. We look forward to seeing those of you attending in Chicago!

If you can’t make it to the conference this year, stay connected and join the conversation by following our Facebook, Twitter (and the #WEFTEC13 hashtag), and Access Water blog which will feature WEFTEC conference content from our water experts throughout the week.

Get a printable version of CH2M HILL’s presentations and presence at WEFTEC 2013.

Main Events Where You’ll Find Us

8:15 AM – 4:00 PM | WEF Community Service Project | Buses leaving from Hilton Chicago
We are sponsoring and participating in the WEF service project “Reading, Writing, and Rain Gardens” which will help relieve runoff from urban flooding and reduce heat island effect at a Chicago elementary school.
9:00 AM and 1:00 PM | Water For People Bike Ride | Bobby’s Bike Hike- Chicago near Ogden Slip at River East Docks
10:00 – 11:00 AM | Operations Challenge 2013: Process Control Event | Chicago McCormick Place Convention Center, South Hall, Booth 1685

11:30 AM – 4:00 PM | Operations Challenge 2013: Laboratory Event | Chicago McCormick Place Convention Center, South Hall, Booth 1685

1:00 – 4:00 PM | Student and Young Professional Career Fair | Chicago McCormick Place Convention Center, S105b

5:00 – 6:15 PM | Industrial Networking Reception | Chicago McCormick Place Convention Center, S106

5:00 – 7:30 PM | Water For People Blues Bash | Buddy Guy’s Legends
Join this CH2M HILL sponsored event as we support Water For People and their mission to end water poverty. Tickets (available for $30 through registration or $35 at the door) include food, two drink tickets and live classic Chicago blues music with The Brother John Band. Free cover to the 9:30 p.m. Jimmy Burns show is also included.
9:15 AM – 4:00 PM | Operations Challenge 2013: Collections Event: Maintenance and Safety | Chicago McCormick Place Convention Center, South Hall, Booth 1685

4:30 – 5:45 PM | WEF Awards and Presidential Celebration Reception | Chicago McCormick Place Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, S100
CH2M HILL’s Julian Sandino will be recognized as a 2013 WEF Fellow at the reception. The WEF Fellows Recognition Program recognizes distinguished accomplishments and contributions of individuals who have made an impact in the global water environment in a variety of disciplines.
CH2M HILL will also be honored at the reception with the Water Environment Federation’s 2013 Safety Award for our exemplary safety program at the Fort Campbell Project in Kentucky. The WEF Safety Award encourages active and effective safety programs in the water environment field by recognizing entities that invest their resources to develop and adopt high quality safety programs within their own culture and who also seek opportunities to share these programs within the water industry.

6:00 – 8:00 PM | Operations Challenge 2013: Awards Ceremony | Hilton Chicago

CH2M HILL Employee Workshops

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Hiran de Mel: Vice Chair, Speaker | W01 – No-Nonsense Data: Wire-to-Air Blower Power

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Scott Cowden: Speaker | W04 – A Taste of Odor: My Odor vs. Your Odor

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Chris Easter: Speaker | W04 – A Taste of Odor: Community Action Committee

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Samuel Jeyanayagam: Vice Chair, Speaker | W17 – WEF/WERF Nutrient Recovery: Unveiling A New Hands-On Decision Making Tool

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Kevin Nielsen: Speaker | W18 – Computational Fluid Dynamics: Hands-On CFD Modeling for Wastewater Treatment Plants: Applications and Case Studies: Flow Control Structures Design and Evaluation

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | John Kabouris: Vice Chair, Speaker | W21 – Planning and Implementing a High Strength Organics Co-Digestion Program: Overview of Generating Energy From Organics and High Strength Organics Codigestion Program Examples

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Matthew Ward: Speaker | W22 – Odor and Corrosion Issues in Wastewater Collection Systems - Solving Both By Ventilation: Active Ventilation and Air Flow in Sewers

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Jay Witherspoon: Speaker | W22 – Odor and Corrosion Issues in Wastewater Collection Systems - Solving Both By Ventilation: Australian Research Council (ARC) Collection System Ventilation Studies and Testing Programs

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Julian Sandino: Speaker | W23 – WEF/WERF Mainstream Anaerobic and Nutrient Removal Systems for Energy Neutral Wastewater Management: Anaerobic Mainstream Wastewater Treatment: A Global Perspective

CH2M HILL Employee Technical Presentations

2:00 PM | Zeynep Erdal, Ufuk Erdal, Tim Constantine & David Jones | TS203 – Desalination and Innovative Membrane Treatment: Achieving Sustainable Nutrient Removal for Tailored Water Treatment: A Novel Application of the MBR Technology

3:30 PM | Julian Sandino, Dru Whitlock & Tom Johnson | TS222 – Managing Energy in Wastewater Treatment: Achieving Energy Self-Sufficiency in a Nutrient Removal Facility through Operational Optimization

4:30 PM | Julian Sandino | TS209 – Leading Edge Nutrient Removal Research and Practical Applications: A Comprehensive Summary of the WERF Nutrient Removal Challenge: Advances in the State of Practice for the Design and Operation of Nutrient Removal Facilities
8:30 AM | Bruce Johnson & Dwight Houwling | TS306 – Modeling of Nutrient Removal Processes: Use of Dynamic Modeling for Contractual Wastewater Treatment Plant Acceptance Testing

10:30 AM | Kar Munirathinam, Mauro Marinetti, Bernardino Ciongoli & Carlo Zaffaroni | TS303 – Advances in the Treatment of Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Plant Wastewaters: Selenium Removal From A Refinery Wastewater: Integrated Approach From Source Control To Wastewater Treatment

1:30 PM | Glen Daigger | TS400 – Innovative Biological Nitrogen Removal: A State-of-the Art Review

1:30 PM | Dru Whitlock, Leswin Dcunha & David Green | TS414 – Biogas Utilization and Combined Heat and Power: Robust Evaluation Methodology for the Biogas Utilization Alternatives at the San Francisco Oceanside WPCP

1:30 PM | Julian Sandino | TS417 – Wet Weather Operation and Control of Integrated Sewer and Wastewater Treatment Plant Systems: Wet Weather Flow Improvements of Treatment Facilities: Reassessing Regulatory Frameworks

1:30 PM | Gary Fournier & Don Conger | TS428 – Super Storm Sandy: Destruction and Recovery: Super Storm Sandy

2:00 PM | Kristen Jenkins, Cindy Yeager, Dennis Fink & Tom Higgins | TS405 – Regulatory Impacts and Wastewater Challenges in the Steam Electric Power Industry II: Meeting Part-Per-Trillion Mercury Limits: Challenges and Successes

2:00 PM | Mark Mittag, Andrew Potts & Phil Gaebler | TS419 – Green and Gray in CSO Management: Green Solutions on Milwaukee’s Fresh Coast - the MMSD Regional Green Infrastructure Plan

3:30 PM | Amy Gao & Mark Supplee | TS400 – Innovative Biological Nitrogen Removal: The Impact Of Cold Weather and Temperatures on the Design of Supplemental Carbon Facilities Using Glycerol as a Carbon Source For Biological Nitrogen Removal

3:30 PM | Kurt Hellermann | TS414 – Biogas Utilization and Combined Heat and Power: Landfill Gas Turbines: Biogas to CHP to Biosolids Processing

4:00 PM | Peter Burrowes, Bill Desing & Jay Surti | TS413 – Recycle Stream Treatment/Energy and Sustainability Case Studies: Strategies for Biosolids Energy and Resource Recovery for the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District

4:00 PM | John Kabouris, Kate Simmonds, Tim Shea & Bob Forbes | TS414 – Biogas Utilization and Combined Heat and Power: Positive Business Case for Small-Scale Codigestion and Resource Recovery Facilities without Pre-Existing Anaerobic Digesters

4:00 PM | Mark Notheis & Calvin Woolson | TS418 – Condition Assessment and Trenchless Technologies: Applications and Innovations: Microtunneling Technology Implemented for the Replacement of an Aging One Mile PCCP 36-inch Force main while Minimizing Environmental Impacts on a Semi-Restricted Site

4:00 PM | Sharon Jean-Baptiste | TS423 – Watershed Management: Strategies and Innovations for Urbanizing Areas: Communities of the Future - Leveraging an Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Framework for Next Generation Utility Management and Community Vitality

4:30 PM | Dale Gabel, Tim Shea & Mark Rosser | TS413 – Recycle Stream Treatment/Energy and Sustainability Case Studies: Grease-Stimulated Biogas Production in a Regional Sludge Pipeline
9:30 AM | Jay Witherspoon, Gokul Bharambe & Jay Surti | TS511 – Biosolids Management: From Wastewater Treatment, Biogas, And Solids Management To Total Resource Recovery - Changes Are Happening In Auckland, NZ

9:30 AM | Laith Alfaqih & Sharon Jean-Baptiste | TS515 – Storm water Maintenance: Lessons Learned from Stormwater BMP Monitoring to Inform Design, Operation and Maintenance in City of Cincinnati

10:30 AM | Laith Alfaqih | TS518 – Innovative Approaches to Water Quality Monitoring: Comprehensive Biological, Chemical, And Physical Assessment Of The Mill Creek Watershed In Cincinnati

11:30 AM | Jeremy Kraemer, Srinivas Jalla, Chuck Crandall, Julian Sandino & Randy Boe | TS520 – Current Trends in Financing & Planning Effective CIP Projects: NEW (Nutrient, Energy, Water) Sustainability Principles Drive Technology Selection in Advanced Water Reclamation Application

1:30 PM | Glen Daigger, Andrew Hodgkinson & Kim Fries | TS602 – Resource Recovery From Industrial Wastewater: Development And Implementation Of A Novel Sulfur Removal Process From H2S Containing Wastewaters

1:30 PM | Paul Swaim & Dave Baxter | TS609 – Disinfection on a Grand Scale in Chicago: “Big Disinfection” in Chicago: the Fast-Track Design of 480-MGD Disinfection Facilities for the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant

2:00 PM | Bob Forbes, Dru Whitlock, Todd Williams & Peter Burrowes | TS608 – Advanced Digestion: A Critical Review, Update and Comparison of Advanced Anaerobic Digestion Processes

2:00 PM | Reggie Rowe | TS612 – Developing Sensible and Affordable Wet Weather Plans That Will Win With Regulators: The Planning Approach: Developing Values-Based Risks With Community and Stakeholders

CH2M HILL Employee Co-Authored Presentations

1:30 PM | Julian Sandino | TS209 – Leading Edge Nutrient Removal Research and Practical Applications: A Comprehensive Summary of the WERF Nutrient Removal Challenge: Developing Attainable and Protective Permits for Nutrients

1:30 PM | Mason Throneburg | TS216 – Big Pipes and Tunnels: The System’s Backbone: Effective Decision-Making in Chicago Based on an Innovative Approach to Sewer System Modeling and Master Planning

2:00 PM | Julian Sandino | TS209 – Leading Edge Nutrient Removal Research and Practical Applications: A Comprehensive Summary of the WERF Nutrient Removal Challenge: Fundamental Tools for the Evaluation and Optimization of Nutrient Removal Systems

2:30 PM | Julian Sandino | TS209 – Leading Edge Nutrient Removal Research and Practical Applications: A Comprehensive Summary of the WERF Nutrient Removal Challenge: Achieving Low Effluent Total Nitrogen Concentration

3:30 PM | Julian Sandino | TS209 – Leading Edge Nutrient Removal Research and Practical Applications: A Comprehensive Summary of the WERF Nutrient Removal Challenge: Achieving Low Effluent Total Phosphorus Concentration

4:00 PM | Adrienne Menniti | TS209 – Leading Edge Nutrient Removal Research and Practical Applications: A Comprehensive Summary of the WERF Nutrient Removal Challenge: WERF Nutrient Challenge: Challenges And Recommendations on Achieving Low Effluent Nutrient Concentrations with Membrane Bioreactors

4:00 PM | Steve Graziano, Bill Desing, Dru Whitlock, Peter Burrowes & Jay Surti | | TS213 – Co-Digestion: Strategies for Biosolids Energy and Resource Recovery for the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District
11:00 AM | Glen Daigger | TS300 – Shortcut Nitrogen Removal: Characterizing Activity of Deammonification, Nitrification, denitrification by AOB, AOA, NOB, Anammox and Heterotrophic denitrifier in Full Scale NPXpress MBR Plants

2:00 PM | Vin Rubino | TS400 – Innovative Biological Nitrogen Removal: Kinetics of Glycerol Acclimated Biomass: Implications on Plant Operations and Performance

3:30 PM | Joshua Boltz & Mike Wilson | TS407 – Toward Better Biofilm Reactors: Start up, Optimization, and Performance Testing of a 77 MGD Integrated Fixed Film Activated Sludge (IFAS)Process to Meet a 5 mg/L Nitrogen Limit

4:00 PM | Glen Daiger | TS400 – Innovative Biological Nitrogen Removal: Optimization of Simultaneous Nitrification Denitrification Performance in Different ENR Process Configurations
8:30 AM | Sam Paske & John Fortin | TS508 – Change Management: Workforce Strategies That Work!: Accelerating Change - A Case Study in Uniting People and Best Practices for Results

4:30 PM | Gary Swanson | TS612 – Developing Sensible and Affordable Wet Weather Plans That Will Win With Regulators: Pulling it All Together; Louisville and Jefferson County MSD’s Successful Planning Process