Pre-conference workshops will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2023 and offer the opportunity to take a deep-dive into today's most relvant water topics. Facility Tours take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Register for ACE23 Pre-conference Workshops or Tours (all carry an additional fee) during the registration process. If you would like to add a workshop to your current registration, email your requests to service@awwa.org.

Pre-Conference Workshops

PCW01: Using Digital Twins to Optimize Utility Planning, Management, and Operation

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

This workshop is intended for utilities considering or working to develop digital twins in water distribution systems. Digital transformation for the water industry offers a tremendous potential to use existing and new data combined with predictive models and data analytic tools, including Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence (ML/AI), to create better decision-making tools leading to more optimal system operation and management. Attendees will get hands-on experience building a predictive twin based on real-time hydraulic model and learn about live-data twins used in automated operation and infrastructure data twins based on GIS and BIM.

$160.00 USD

PCW02: Wading into Water Quality Modeling: Tackling Distribution System Challenges

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Maintaining water quality in water distribution systems is critical to utilities but predicting water quality can be challenging. Water quality models can be utilized to help predict concentrations and can provide insights that supported informed decisions. Key components of maintaining water quality conditions will be discussed alongside these water quality models. Interactive sessions will provide opportunity to explore applications of water age, disinfection, and multi-species models.

$160.00 USD

PCW03: The Gamification of Asset Management: Training Camp

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Traditionally, sports training camps provide a place where teams work out their kinks both on and off the field, in prep for a long season ahead. Athletes work hard, jockey for positions, build relationships with new teammates and attempt to overcome obstacles from the past. Coaches introduce new playbooks and sequences of plays, observe the chemistry of the team and try to capitalize on strengths and minimize weaknesses. The Gamification of AM: Training Camp bridges this sports analogy into the world of utility asset management with the aim of providing practical training to utility asset managers and support them with developing their programs. Building from ACE22, AM Training Camp focuses on the same premise that most successful AM programs center upon building a strong team atmosphere where action on the field serves as the basis for learning and improving. Attendees will walk away with not only a clearer sense of their own program and practical steps they can take to improve it, but also gain perspective from other utility case examples and expert guidance and insight.

$160.00 USD

PCW04: Calibrating Water Distribution System Models

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

This workshop is intended for utility professionals who are tasked with budgeting for water main condition assessments and rehabilitation, including annual and routine inspections and maintenance.  Participants will be given realistic budget-level pricing for a wide range of inspection, assessment, maintenance, and rehabilitation methods that they can apply to their pipelines.  They will also be shown successful ways to demonstrate the value of condition assessment in terms of monetary payback and non-monetary benefits.

$160.00 USD

 

PCW05: How to Extend the Lives of Old Water Mains Using Proven, Cost-Effective Methods

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

The workshop will focus on the practical applications of water main rehabilitation and is geared to utility managers and engineers at all levels of experience (novice to expert). Participants will gain the tools needed to start or strength a program that accomplishes more infrastructure renewal for fewer dollars, and with minimal public impacts. Several case studies will be shared, as well as the experience of participants.

$160.00 USD

PCW06: Optimizing Filter Performance – Surveillance, Data Analysis and Maintenance

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Granular media filters are the final physical barrier to pathogens in water treatment.  Filters must perform optimally under all flow and source water conditions to assure public safety.  Attendees will be given the background and practical experience to understand the filtration process, design, and operational considerations. This workshop focuses on how to conduct a filter surveillance program to determine filter performance over time.

$160.00 USD

PCW07: Achieving Value from an Asset Management Program

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Few utilities are effectively measuring and communicating the value of their asset management efforts. This workshop will walk the audience through the development of an effective (i.e., realistic and aligned with organization goals) asset management value tracking framework.  The workshop will focus on practical implementation factors, including data availability, organizational change management, and the importance of aligning your program with your business needs.

$160.00 USD

PCW08: Take the Lead on Lead Communications: Putting into Practice the Lead Communication Guide

1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

The Lead and Copper Rule Revisions mean utilities must be prepared to proactively communicate about lead service lines, the risk lead poses from our plumbing systems, and actions customers can take to reduce their risk. Using AWWA's latest guide on lead communications, attendees will learn through individual and group activities, how to strengthen public trust by effectively communicating about lead, and they'll receive a copy of the guide.

$115.00 USD

Facility Tours

Tour T1: F.J. Horgan Water Treatment Plant

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
8:00 a.m. - 12 noon
$65.00

The F.J. Horgan Water Treatment Plant is a direct filtration plant rated at 800 ML/d (210 US MGD) that has been producing excellent quality drinking water since 1980. The plant underwent a 230 ML/d (60 US MGD) expansion between 2009 and 2013 that included the addition of ozone for disinfection and taste and odour control to treat the full plant capacity as the first treatment step, modifications to coagulation and flocculation systems, addition of 5 new deep bed biological filters and extensive modification to the high lift pumping station to incorporate additional functionalities and isolation capabilities.  The plant is located on the Scarborough bluffs which provides for a unique design of the low lift pumping station as the plant is located substantially higher than the lake water level.  As part of the tour, you will be taken several stories below lake level, showing off a unique and effective building design.  Join us for an interesting and informative tour of this impressive facility. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes required, and attendees must bring form of ID (DL/Passport). *Anyone who has a heart pacemaker to let us know as we will be walking by ozone generating electrical equipment that may pose a very small risk to these medical devices.
 

Tour T2: John Street Pumping Station and Enwave Deep Lake Water Cooling Plant

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
$65.00 USD

John Street Pumping Station (JSPS) is Toronto's largest and houses nine pumps with a combined installed capacity of 992 ML/D (262 US MGD).  It serves as a key element to move treated water northward to the higher pressure zones. JSPS also houses a Deep Lake Water Cooling plant.  An Energy Transfer Agreement between the City and Enwave facilitates the transfer of cooling energy from the City's drinking water infrastructure into Enwave's district Energy Supply.  Comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes required, and attendees must bring form of ID (DL/Passport).

Tour T3: High Level Pumping Station

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
$65.00 USD


High Level Pumping Station (HLPS) is a major force in Toronto's water supply system.  Its significance is reflected through its three major functions: 1. Houses the Transmission Control Centre with its SCADA system and Total Operations Optimizer tool which assists Toronto Water in reducing system-wide pumped energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by combining a variety of real-time inputs and calibrated hydraulic model to generate an advanced pump schedule. 2. Provides a key hub in the pumping process as it serves three different pressure zones by means of 9 pumps with a total installed capacity of 632 ML/d (167 US MGD). 3. Serves as a base for specialized personnel who operate and maintain the water supply system. HLPS's unique feature is its historical/architectural appeal, which makes it a heritage site. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes required, and attendees must bring form of ID (DL/Passport).
 

Tour T4: R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant

Wednesday, June 14
2023 - 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
$65.00 USD

The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant produces roughly 33 percent of the City of Toronto’s drinking water. Dubbed “The Palace of Purification”, this facility is a conventional filtration plant which was initially rated at a capacity of 100 million gallons (455 million litres) per day. The plant underwent a series of expansions to achieve the current rated treatment capacity of 950 million litres per day (ML/d). It is Toronto’s largest water treatment facility. The site was declared a National Historic Civil Engineering Site and recognized as a Canadian Water Landmark by the American Water Works Association. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes required, and attendees must bring form of ID (DL/Passport).
 

Tour T5: Arthur P. Kennedy Water Treatment Plant

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
$65.00


The Arthur P. Kennedy Water Treatment Plant is one of the world’s largest water treatment facilities. It has the treatment capacity to produce 317 MGD (1200 million LPD) of clean water for residents in the of Mississauga and Brampton, and the community of Bolton and York Region. Its state-of-the-art treatment facility includes both conventional and advanced treatment trains, and provides multiple levels of treatment including ozone contactors, biologically active carbon (BAC) contactors, Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and membrane filters.  Comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes required, and attendees must bring form of ID (DL/Passport).
 

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