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Session 01C: Alternate Delivery/Leadership/Wastewater - Livestream
Monday, 13/Sept/2021:
3:00pm - 5:15pm

Location: Room 400BC
East Building

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3:00pm - 3:45pm
ID: 195 / Session 01C: 1
Main Technical Program
Topics: Construction & Alternate Delivery
Keywords: Design-bid-build procurement, collaboration

Transforming Design-Bid-Build to Improve Collaboration and Teamwork

Jason King, Michael Schulz

Keller Associates, Inc., United States of America; ,

The design-bid-build procurement process can limit the chance for collaboration between the owner, engineer, and contractor. This drawback has been a driving force toward non-traditional delivery methods such as design-build, construction manager-at-risk, and progressive design-build. However, there are tools to improve collaboration, which can make the design-bid-build process remain the best option. Some of these tools include prequalifying contractors and providing a detailed construction constraint specification. The construction constraints section of bidding documents offers engineers a unique way to communicate challenging project aspects to contractors. When well thought out and detailed, construction constraints can help contractors understand anticipated shutdowns, required bypass pumping provisions, and limitations in the existing equipment’s operational capabilities.

Utilizing these and other tools to improve collaboration can also lead to an aggressive competitive bidding process. Recently, the City of Lewiston awarded a contract for the construction of wastewater treatment plant upgrades. The majority of their existing processes were being upgraded and expanded, which created an immensely complex project. Using collaborative tools, the contractors understood the project and had greater confidence in their costs, such that all bids were within ~5% on this $34M project. This presentation will introduce and discuss collaborative methods for improving the design-bid-build procurement process.

Brief Biography and/or Qualifications
Jason King, P.E., Keller Associates, Inc. Project Manager
Jason, a licensed professional engineer in several states, including Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering with an emphasis on wastewater treatment design. Jason has extensive experience in wastewater collection, conveyance, and treatment system design and construction. In the past five years, he has led the design and construction of over $50 million in water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Michael Schulz, P.E., Keller Associates, Inc. Project Engineer
Michael Schulz graduated from Boise State University with a master’s degree in engineering, with a water and wastewater emphasis. In the past five years, he has worked on design and construction projects (taking a lead role during construction) totaling over $30 million. Recent representative experience includes the City of Nampa’s three-story solids handling facility.

3:45pm - 4:30pm
ID: 215 / Session 01C: 2
Main Technical Program
Topics: Leadership, Social Equity, Workforce Development
Keywords: Leadership, Workforce Development

Panel Discussion: Leadership Perspectives from the Future Workforce

Amy Dammarell1, Lara Kammereck2, Laurelei Mc Vey3, Kristi Steiner4, Andrew Matsumoto5, Jamie Eichenberger6, Lindsey Smoot7

1HDR, United States of America; 2Carollo; 3City of Meridian, Idaho; 4Jacobs Engineering Group; 5CivilWest Engineering Group; 6HDR; 7University of Idaho; , , , , , ,

A diverse panel of active, local leaders with vast combined experience in water issues will share insight and their vision of the future workforce. In 2019, the Diversity and Leadership Track focused on leadership success and challenges associated with a diverse workforce from the point of view of those in the later stage of their career. In 2021, we will pose similar questions to a panel who are in the first half of their career looking forward. The panel will answer questions on their vision for future leadership based on tomorrow’s workforce, diversity and technology.

A panel of 5 will be developed with Conference Committee and Leadership Committee. Anticipate it will include diverse gender and age leaders at both private and public agencies from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Brief Biography and/or Qualifications
Lara is a Vice President at Carollo Engineers, Inc. She has over two decade of civil engineering experience focused on water and wastewater master planning for public utilities. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University and her MBA from Seattle University. She is the vice president on the PNCWA Board.

Amy is a Vice President and the Director of Consulting Services for the HDR’s Water Business Group. She has over two decades of experience supporting clients of all types deliver their infrastructure programs. She most enjoys finding solutions that find multiple benefits for human and natural environments. She received her BS in Wildlife Ecology from University of Illinois and her MS in Engineering from Portland State University.

Laurelei McVey currently serves as the Deputy Director of Utility Operations for the City of Meridian, the second largest city in the state of Idaho. In this role she oversees the City’s drinking water, wastewater, reclaimed water, safety, and SCADA programs. Laurelei has 14 years of municipal utility leadership and operational experience which includes strategic planning, regulatory compliance and permitting, budgeting, and capital planning. She is a Class IV licensed operator in the state of Idaho in wastewater treatment, collections, and laboratory. She is also licensed in the state of Idaho in drinking water treatment, distribution, and land application. Laurelei received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the College of Idaho and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Boise State University.

Kristi Steiner has almost nine years of experience in the water industry and is currently a design engineer and project manager with the Jacobs Engineering Group, where she focuses primarily on public stormwater and wastewater conveyance projects. In addition to her technical role at Jacobs, Kristi is actively involved in programs and initiatives geared toward developing young leaders in our industry. She is the PNCWA Board representative to the WEF House of Delegates, sits on the Steering Committee for the WEF Water Leadership Institute, and is part of the Utility Management Conference Young Professionals Summit leadership team for 2021 and 2022. She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Andrew Matsumoto is an engineer with Civil West Engineering Services in Albany, OR, where his work focuses on solving wastewater and stormwater problems for small communities in Oregon and Washington. He is the immediate past Chair of the PNCWA Students and Young Professionals Committee and is the current Young Professional Representative on the PNCWA Board of Directors. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University in 2012.

Jamie Eichenberger is an project manager for water, wastewater, and water reuse projects for HDR. His strengths include utility master planning; design management and coordination; and process-mechanical design. Jamie manages overall project delivery for complex, multi-discipline engineering projects. He applies design principles for water and wastewater treatment; water and wastewater pumping stations; water distribution systems; and wastewater collection systems to develop detailed design drawings and specifications for construction of such facilities. Jamie is also experienced in construction management, pilot testing, and hydraulic modeling of these facilities. Jamie is President-Elect for WEF.

Lindsey Smoot is a graduate student at the University of Idaho pursuing a master’s degree in Civil Engineering, conducting research with Dr. Erik R. Coats. She is studying alternate nitrogen removal methods aimed at reducing carbon and energy demands of traditional nitrification. Her interests include wastewater treatment, water distribution, water reuse, and aquifer recharge, and she looks forward to working in these areas upon graduation in December 2021. In her free time Lindsey enjoys hiking, biking, running, and snowboarding.

4:30pm - 5:15pm
ID: 141 / Session 01C: 3
Main Technical Program
Topics: Wastewater 101, Wastewater Treatment Process
Keywords: sampling, pooling, protocol, TSS, FOG, screenings, capture efficiency

Screen Capture Efficiency Sampling & Testing Protocol for Waste Water Treatment Plant Screens at Start-up

James Impero

Ovivo USA, LLC, United States of America;

For approximately two decades, consulting engineers have asked screen manufacturers to provide third party, independent test results documenting the capture ratios of their screen’s debris removal efficiency. Have these results truly been reproducible at your wastewater plant?

Decades of third-party capture testing of screens in the UK have been a good thing. However, the screenings capture data proved only the “Capability” of that particular screen tested and under those specific UK flow conditions. Expecting identical capture results from the same manufacture’s screen at wastewater facilities with differing hydraulics, variable wastewater velocities, TSS & FOG loading characteristics, let alone up-front grinders is neither practical thinking or proven in the field to be true for 40%-45% of the current installation history in the US. Why? It is the very subject of this paper & conference presentation. There are definite wastewater similarities from site to site; however, there are also many dissimilarities that require screening equipment modifications to achieve the true screenings capture capability of any manufacturer’s screen. This presentation will discuss an inexpensive upstream and downstream on-site sampling method & procedure, as well as a protocol and accepted test methodology that can be performed at any municipal wastewater treatment facility or local third party laboratory to measure solids capture efficiency of any newly installed screen(s) at startup, including older screen installations that have fallen short of owner expectations.

This presentation will reveal standardized sampling hardware, process & procedure, as well as simple bench-top test method for determining the screenings capture of any headworks or membrane protection screen. A single day sampling method & protocol will be described in detail that will provide a screen’s site-specific debris capture efficiency. This standardized sampling and testing protocol can be performed by screen manufacturers, plant operators, and/or third party laboratory technicians.When incorporated into a consulting engineer’s screen specifications it will require all bidding manufacturers to meet a desired screen capture efficiency (±X%) in the bid spec. The awarded manufacturer will be responsible for meeting the specified screenings capture.

Brief Biography and/or Qualifications
James E. Impero
Senior Engineering Specialist

25 Years in Industrial Waste Water design
5 Years; BRACKETT GREEN, Group Product Manager
12 Years; EIMCO/OVIVO, Senior Engineering Specialist/Research & Design
BS Chemistry/University of Buffalo
MS Environmental Engineering/Rice University
Post Grad/Rice University in Hydrology/Geology/Formation

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