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On-Site Training - Treatment Plant Hydraulics for Civil Engineers

Treatment Plant Hydraulics for Civil Engineers (PDF)

Purpose and Background 

This On-Site Training presents the basics of pressure pipe and open channel flow hydraulics as applied in the design and operation of water and wastewater treatment plants. Topics covered include: basics of pipe and open channel flow, hydraulic head losses, pipe and channel layout and design, flow-meter selection, flow control and flow distribution, design of hydraulic elements, and design of water and wastewater treatment plant unit processes.

This seminar will provide engineers with the hydraulic engineering design tools necessary to successfully layout and design the flow elements of both water and wastewater treatment plants. Numerous design examples are incorporated throughout the seminar materials that review both theoretical examples and practical design solutions from existing treatment plants.

Seminar Benefits

  • Understand fundamental principles of pressure pipe and open channel flow hydraulics
  • Demonstrate how to calculate head losses in pipes and open channels
  • Learn how to integrate hydraulic design of treatment plants into overall plant layout and design
  • Recognize the hydraulic design basics of common unit processes of water and wastewater treatment
  • Identify how to develop and plot a plant hydraulic grade line
  • Review how to select and use hydraulic control points in plant design
  • Review open channel flow methods
  • Apply pressure flow methods
  • Define how to balance plant flows
  • Calculate friction headlosses
  • Discuss how to design weirs

Summary Outline

Earn 1.4 Continuing Education Units (1.4 CEUs)

  • Hydraulic Design Criteria
  • Plant Hydraulic Design
  • Open Channel Hydraulics
  • Closed Conduit Flow
  • Flow Control and Distribution
  • Weirs
  • Orifices, Gates and Tubes
  • Flow Measurement
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Design Examples
  • Water Treatment Plant and Design Examples

Who Should Attend

  • Civil Engineers and Design Engineers
  • Consulting Engineers and Project Managers
  • Plant Superintendents and Operators
  • Utility and Authority Managers and Planners
  • Approval Agency Plan Reviewers
  • Design/Build Contractors and Construction Managers
  • Plant and Process Oriented Contractors
  • Site Development Engineers
  • Engineers preparing to take the PE Exam

Seminar Instructors

David J. Hanna, P.E., M.ASCE, is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and a B.S. in Marine Engineering/Mechanical from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Mr. Hanna is a Professor at Ferris State University with faculty responsibilities in the construction management and surveying engineering programs. He worked for several consulting engineering and construction management firms for eighteen years before joining the faculty at Ferris State University in 1991.

Mr. Hanna is a professional engineer in Ohio. He has designed numerous pumping stations and pumping systems associated with water and wastewater projects. Sizes of the facilities range from 80 gallons per minute to 30 million gallons per day. His experience includes design, construction administration, construction installation and quality control, and startup of new facilities as well as evaluation and troubleshooting of existing pumping and treatment facilities. Mr. Hanna has served as an instructor on hydraulics, pumping systems and treatment processes to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Health with operator training and certifications programs. He is a technical reviewer of pumping standards for the Hydraulic Institute and a member of ASCE.

Contact Information

All of ASCE's face-to-face seminars are available for On-Site Training. For details and/or needs-based training programs, please complete the online request form or contact:

John Wyrick
Senior Manager, On-Site Training Worldwide
ASCE Continuing Education
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191-4400
Tel.: 703-295-6184 
Lauren Obermeier
Senior Coordinator, On-Site Training Worldwide
ASCE Continuing Education
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191-4400
Tel.: 703-295-6432 

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