S&ME Presents Two Papers at WEFTEC Conference

Two senior professionals, Travis Wilson, PE and Roger Smith, PG, presented papers at The Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) during October 2017 in Chicago. Approximately 1,800 papers were submitted with 350 accepted.

Travis Wilson, PE, Principal Project Manager for the Planning + Design Business Unit, delivered his paper entitled “Swimming in Success, Not I/I — What Made It Work — Cleveland, Tennessee’s Scope 10 Program.” In it, Travis outlined the success and unique approach taken through multiple sanitary sewer collection system rehabilitation projects completed over the last five years with a key client. This is Travis’s second appearance at WEFTEC having presented also in 2015 with another key client outlining similar successes.

Roger Smith, PG, Senior Geologist and Project Manager with the Environmental Business Unit, joined his client, Maggie Macomber of Charlotte Water, and co-authors, Darrell DeWitt of Charlotte Water and Jonathan Lapsley of CDM Smith, to present, “The New Normal – Operating and Maintaining the Mallard Creek Water Reclamation Facility After a PCB Contamination.”   The paper discussed the challenges, team work, and overall impact from contamination of a wastewater treatment plant following an illicit discharge of PCBs into the Charlotte Water sewer system.  The paper also addressed the remedial efforts conducted while the facility remained operational, along with strategies Charlotte Water is implementing to minimize potential future incidents from occurring.

In conjunction with our conference participation, S&ME sponsored the Jammin’ 4 Water kick-off event for WEFTEC 2017. The event featured water quality professionals performing an energetic selection of eclectic music. Jammin’ 4 Water is the service project for the conference and proceeds from the concert support the water-focused charities of WEF.

WEFTEC is recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition. WEFTEC’s massive exhibition and technical program provide unparalleled access to the field’s most cutting-edge information, technologies, services, and networking. In 2016, WEF had a total of 20,113 registrants and 1006 exhibitors using a net of 301,900 ft2 of space. The conference alternates between Chicago and New Orleans each year.

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