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NEW - Remote Monitoring, Automation, and Wifi Applications (2 hrs)

Remote Monitoring, Automation, and WiFi Applications with Septic Systems
These sessions were recorded at the 2022 NOWRA Mega Conference. 

  • Presentation #1: In recent years modern wastewater control system technology has diversified to offer everything from very sophisticated monitoring, command and & control, and on-board intelligence to very accessible remote alarm notification. This progress has reached the point where there are four main tiers of capability that have developed in the market.All this functionality has prompted many operators and system owners to ask how they can best leverage these technologies. Matching control system capabilities to the needs of system owners, operators, and service companies can help create opportunities for improved system operation, greater O&M efficiency, and operational flexibility.This presentation will highlight five aspects of remote monitoring technology. One, it will help operators determine which tier of remote monitoring capability may best suit their clients, business, or management model needs. Two, it will share information on how the four primary tiers of remote monitoring technology may apply to large deployments of systems. Three, it will illustrate how remote monitoring technology can be used to optimize O&M management. Four, it will show how remote monitoring technology and data can be used to optimize individual system operation. Five, the presentation will review the operational considerations of currently available sensors and the underlying onsite wastewater collection and treatment equipment.
  • Presentation #2: Centralized wastewater treatment facilities have greatly benefited from the adoption of advanced control systems and sensors in their treatment trains. Automation in these facilities has made biological processes more efficient by reducing expensive chemical inputs, aeration costs, and direct operator supervision. These benefits outweigh the additional cost of installing and maintaining more complex controls and sensors. The onsite treatment sector has been slower to incorporate automation schemes despite an exponential drop in the cost of computing power, sensors, and the increased interconnectivity of household devices and appliances. As regulations across the nation are becoming more stringent towards onsite treatment, and as the desire for onsite water recycling increases, better process control and failure detection is needed in the onsite sector. This presentation proposes a classification system for defining onsite treatment systems based on the level of system automation. The system taxonomy includes five categories: no control, manual control, open-loop control, closed-loop control, and interconnected systems. These categories cover most of the existing onsite systems and lay a framework for the future of more interconnected onsite systems. Products common to the industry, including septic tanks, aerobic treatment units, and membrane bioreactors will be presented as case studies for the classification system. The presentation will also highlight existing sensor technologies and their potential applications to onsite system automation.
  • Presentation #3: Wi-Fi and Cellular enabled devices are becoming prevalent in today's market. As a septic installer, your customers either are now or will be requesting them. This session will provide you the knowledge and tools to you need to know to be able to successfully define scope, quote, and execute projects containing wireless devices. Learning Objectives: 1--Identify if a customer’s site is suitable for Wi-Fi enabled devices, 2--Wireless signal strength: How to test for it, and what to do if it’s not there, 3--Wireless and non-wireless solutions in power loss situations, 4--Wi-Fi versus Cellular Technology: Which one to choose, 5--How to define and communicate your scope on a Wireless Installation, 6--Ways to use wireless technology as a business development opportunity.
Credits - 2 hours/continuing education units
Questions - While taking the class, for Technical Support call (888) 705-6002 (8 am - 8 pm EST) or email