WEFTEC 2013 Preview

The Water Environment Federation?s 86th annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) is finally here. WEFTEC will roll into McCormick Place South Oct. 5-9, 2013 in Chicago, Ill., and will allow attendees countless educational, business and networking opportunities across a variety of topics prevalent in the water sector today.

?Of the many activities and programs that WEF provides to our members and to the water sector as a whole, nothing surpasses WEFTEC as the tangible proof of our ongoing commitment to water professionals and to our shared mission of supporting clean and safe water worldwide,? said past WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. ?WEF wants the Water Quality Event to be your Water Quality Event so we have taken steps to make WEFTEC more accessible than ever.?

As the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, WEFTEC 2013 will use more than one million total sq-ft of exhibition and meeting space at Chicago?s famed McCormick Place Convention Center. The 2013 technical program includes about 1,000 expert speakers, nearly 150 technical sessions, 27 workshops and 10 local facility tours. A wide range of topics and focus areas allow attendees to design their own unique learning experience with the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

The 2013 focus areas include: resource recovery including nutrients and energy; energy management; stormwater; collection systems; wastewater treatment design; facility operations and maintenance; utility management and leadership; residuals and biosolids management; water reclamation, reuse, and desalination; disinfection and public health; watershed management and sustainability; industrial issues including petrochemical, refinery, and food/beverage industries; and innovation across all topics.

Contained on one level of the convention center, WEFTEC?s unrivaled exhibition will complement the technical program by providing access to more than 900 exhibiting companies and their technical experts who will show the latest developments, research, solutions, and cutting-edge technologies in the field. Also featured on the exhibition floor will be mobile sessions and the popular Innovation Pavilion and Stormwater Pavilion.

Stormwater Congress
Building on the success of its expanded stormwater focus, WEF will also launch its first ever Stormwater Congress.?Co-located with WEFTEC 2013, the event will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place on Oct. 7-9. It will feature focused programming on stormwater-related issues and provide access to all WEFTEC exhibitors, including those in the Stormwater Pavilion and other conference exhibitors that feature equipment and services on stormwater and wet weather-related issues.

?Stormwater is an extremely dynamic field right now and is continuing to grow as a significant national water quality issue,? said Seth Brown, WEF?s Stormwater Program and Policy Manager. ?The Stormwater Congress is an ideal venue for practitioners to network, explore high-performing and cost-effective solutions, and get the latest technical and policy-focused information to aid them in their work.?

Other WEFTEC conference highlights will include the Opening General Session and the Water Leaders Session on Monday, Oct. 7; the annual community outreach project, poster sessions, the design competition and the 26th annual Operations Challenge Competition among others.

?When considering the thousands of water professionals who travel from around the world to attend WEFTEC each year, there?s little doubt that it?s the place to be for those who strive to be bold and innovative managers of our water resources,? continued Eger. ?We?re excited about the new ideas, new connections and fantastic business opportunities that await us in Chicago this October.?

Full details are available on the official conference website, www.weftec.org.?

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WEFTEC 2013 Preview

The Water Environment Federation?s 86th annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) is finally here. WEFTEC will roll into McCormick Place South Oct. 5-9, 2013 in Chicago, Ill., and will allow attendees countless educational, business and networking opportunities across a variety of topics prevalent in the water sector today.

?Of the many activities and programs that WEF provides to our members and to the water sector as a whole, nothing surpasses WEFTEC as the tangible proof of our ongoing commitment to water professionals and to our shared mission of supporting clean and safe water worldwide,? said past WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. ?WEF wants the Water Quality Event to be your Water Quality Event so we have taken steps to make WEFTEC more accessible than ever.?

As the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, WEFTEC 2013 will use more than one million total sq-ft of exhibition and meeting space at Chicago?s famed McCormick Place Convention Center. The 2013 technical program includes about 1,000 expert speakers, nearly 150 technical sessions, 27 workshops and 10 local facility tours. A wide range of topics and focus areas allow attendees to design their own unique learning experience with the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.?

The 2013 focus areas include: resource recovery including nutrients and energy; energy management; stormwater; collection systems; wastewater treatment design; facility operations and maintenance; utility management and leadership; residuals and biosolids management; water reclamation, reuse, and desalination; disinfection and public health; watershed management and sustainability; industrial issues including petrochemical, refinery, and food/beverage industries; and innovation across all topics.?

Contained on one level of the convention center, WEFTEC?s unrivaled exhibition will complement the technical program by providing access to more than 900 exhibiting companies and their technical experts who will show the latest developments, research, solutions, and cutting-edge technologies in the field. Also featured on the exhibition floor will be mobile sessions and the popular Innovation Pavilion and Stormwater Pavilion.

Stormwater Congress

Building on the success of its expanded stormwater focus, WEF will also launch its first ever Stormwater Congress.?Co-located with WEFTEC 2013, the event will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place on Oct. 7-9. It will feature focused programming on stormwater-related issues and provide access to all WEFTEC exhibitors, including those in the Stormwater Pavilion and other conference exhibitors that feature equipment and services on stormwater and wet weather-related issues.

?Stormwater is an extremely dynamic field right now and is continuing to grow as a significant national water quality issue,? said Seth Brown, WEF’s Stormwater Program and Policy Manager. ?The Stormwater Congress is an ideal venue for practitioners to network, explore high-performing and cost-effective solutions, and get the latest technical and policy-focused information to aid them in their work.?

Other WEFTEC conference highlights will include the Opening General Session and the Water Leaders Session on Monday, Oct. 7; the annual community outreach project, poster sessions, the design competition and the 26th annual Operations Challenge Competition among others.?

?When considering the thousands of water professionals who travel from around the world to attend WEFTEC each year, there?s little doubt that it?s the place to be for those who strive to be bold and innovative managers of our water resources,? continued Eger. ?We?re excited about the new ideas, new connections and fantastic business opportunities that await us in Chicago this October.?
Full details are available on the official conference website, www.weftec.org.

Aries, Avanti, Logiball to Lead Infiltration Seminar

Experts from Aries, Avanti and Logiball will collaborate on a four-hour seminar on Oct. 6 at the 2013 WEFTEC conference, revealing new insight on defeating infiltration to rehabilitate and sustain collection systems for consulting engineers and municipal decision-makers.

Infiltration is relentless. Groundwater and bedding soils are attacking the integrity of our underground systems, reducing system capacity, doubling the flow to treatment plants, and costing the rate-payer unnecessarily. This problem is pervasive in every city and every state.
Infiltration is to a municipal sewer system is like cancer to the human body. The difference? Public works professionals and consulting engineers can cure the problem permanently. In an effort to extend the life of our infrastructure, municipalities with the counsel of their consulting engineers, can elect to minimize expensive structural restoration and/or replacement with proactive maintenance of underground systems.

Avanti is teaming with Aries and Logiball to lead the resurgence of chemical grout for municipalities. As the most cost-effective and long-lasting maintenance strategy, chemical grouting is the only technology specifically designed to defeat infiltration. Learn why infiltration exists and how to reduce excess flow, save the taxpayer money, and preserve the integrity of your underground systems.

Topics and takeaways from this seminar are: Sewer Trench Complex; Consequences of No Action, System equals Predictable Results; Municipal Grouts; Uses of Chemical Grout World-Wide; Process of Sealing Mainline Joints; Process of Sealing Lateral Connections; Complimentary Technologies; Techniques for Sealing Manholes; What You Need to Know About Chemical Mixing; Gel Strength Matters; Safety of Operators; and?New Suggested Standard Specification from NASSCO.

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