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Hands-on learning using cloud technology for design of water treatment processes

  • Hands-on learning using cloud technology for design of water treatment processes
    Trinity College’s School of Engineering looked to cloud based software solutions to facilitate learning of landfill leachate processes.
  • Ireland’s Trinity College is using EVS Water Plant Designer to learn 'tricks of the trade' for water treatment processes during COVID-19.

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Themes

Design of water infrastructure and wastewater treatment still relies on manual, repetitive and linear approaches. Optimisation of designs is slow and inefficient and multiple tools are needed to deliver engineering projects 

When teaching design of water treatment processes, engineering schools are looking for ways to communicate complex science efficiently and effectively. Benchtop or theoretical exercises can be slow and remote learning can be difficult.  

Ireland’s Trinity College is one of the world’s most renowned universities and has been teaching engineering since 1841. The School of Engineering has a strong focus on quantitative and analytical methods, the application of innovation and the use of new technology to solve problems in the natural and built environments.

The Challenge: COVID-19 hindering collaboration and practical research outcomes  

As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, The University faced a number of challenges in teaching wastewater treatment process design effectively. In-person collaboration was restricted, and benchtop studies became impractical to deliver.   

The University was conducting research on landfill leachate treatment and needed a new solution to simulate the treatment processes, understand the implications of different treatment options while still being able to effectively teach the principles of the treatment processes and technologies involved. 

The Solution: Learning industrial and biological modelling processes using a single, cloud-based platform 

To facilitate a number of higher research projects, Trinity College began using EVS Water Plant Designer to simulate landfill leachate processes. The platform is cloud based and designed for collaborative, remote learning. Multiple users can work on the same design simultaneously and comprehensive audit trail and review functionality makes the teaching and review process much more efficient than traditional methods.  

The platform also provides an automatic calibration function and is supported by best-practice models. Thousands of model configuration scenarios can be simultaneously compared and evaluated to provide the most accurate and reliable calibrated model configurations for the target design, significantly speeding up the calibration and optimisation process. 

EVS Water Plant Designer was also able take data directly from the EPA in Ireland to understand best-practice models and how they impact process design, facilitating the research and learning of wastewater treatment process design in a collaborate and cost-effective manner.  

Using the technology, the students are able to efficiently design water treatment plants and simulate a variety of treatment processes. EVS Water Plant Designer has been very helpful for teaching the principles of water and wastewater treatment.

– Dr. David O’Connel, Assistant Professor, Contaminant Hydrology and Hydrogeology (Trinity College, Dublin)

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Design of water infrastructure and wastewater treatment still relies on manual, repetitive and linear approaches. Optimisation of designs is slow and inefficient and multiple tools are needed to deliver engineering projects. 

Click here for a free 30 day trial of EVS Water Plant Designer and reduce design times by up to 70%. EVS Water Plant Designer is a digital plant design platform for drinking water, industrial and biological drinking water treatment processes used by the world’s leading engineers and consultants.