Water & Wastewater Facilities Across New Jersey Learn More About How to Optimize, Audit and Model Complex Pumping Systems

At the New Jersey Water Environment Association’s (NJWEA) 103RD Annual Conference and Exposition held in May 2018, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) and selected subject matter experts from the HI engineering community presented two technical presentations/workshops designed for both water and wastewater plants.

The topics focused on how to optimize a pumping system and conduct flow-modeling analysis using advance software to improve reliability and energy efficiency. HI research and data show when pump systems are not optimized for best effiency, they can become unreliable and use more energy, dramatically increasing maintenance costs for water and wastewater plants.

Ben Stevens, a reliability engineer at Corrosion Products and Equipment, gave the first presentation. The workshop covered all the critical pump systems optimization methods and processes to better understand lifecycle cost analysis. It also detailed why optimization within pumping systems and the interaction throughout the whole system is important to improve performance. This presentation provided a clear roadmap to identify and reduce hidden operational and energy costs across all water/wastewater pumping systems.

The second presentation, given by Dominik Fry from Engineered Software Corporation, covered ways to view and analyze both piping and pumping systems. Advanced software helps engineers and pump end-users to better understand the value of potential changes and capital investment. Additionally, he highlighted how this software assists waste and wastewater facilities in comparing actual versus design hydraulic behavior, which can identify problems early on.

More than 160 engineers, maintenance and operational plant personnel at the NJWEA conference attended these two technical presentations. Due to the popularity of the engineering content, both presentations are available on the HI’s website, pumps.org.

For more information on pump systems optimization and flow modeling software, contact Mark Sullivan, director education and development at msullivan@pumps.org or call 973-349-5329.