Applied Dynamic Modeling for Wastewater Treatment Plant Efficiency

University of California - Division of Continuing Education Dynamic Modelling

Target Audience

Prerequisite: minimum of 5 years of experience in the field or consent of the instructor Attendees must be Engineers or Scientists with practical experience in operation and management of wastewater treatment plants and/or consulting engineering.


Through a combination of theory and case study applications, the course provides practical experience on how to apply dynamic modeling simulators to design, operate, and optimize wastewater treatment plants. Particular emphasis is placed on turning plants into water resource recovery facilities by generating energy, fertilizers, and water for reuse. During the course, participants will have full-time access to a dynamic simulator, so they can implement themselves strategies and evaluate their operational costs. Energy savings and generation of electricity with biogas receive particular attention. Modeling calibration techniques are taught and implemented to achieve effluent quality standards.

Daniel Nolasco, has over 25 years of engineering experience in applying dynamic modeling techniques for design, operation, and optimization of wastewater treatment plants. Daniel’s projects have received numerous international awards, among them, a nomination for the Governor General of Canada Award. He has published over 100 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings and has co-authored six books. Daniel’s clarification/thickening model is used in most wastewater treatment simulators, has received over 500 citations, and is considered by the International Water Association (IWA) as one of the “10 most significant groundbreaking papers during the [past] 40 years” in Water Research. Daniel has served at the Board of Trustees of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and is currently at the Board of Directors of IWA. He received a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Buenos Aires, a Master in Environmental Engineering from McMaster University, and a Master in Management of Technology from MIT. Daniel is currently a Water- Energy Nexus Center Industrial Fellow, a fellowship program exclusively for scholars from industry spending resident time at UCI. Daniel is also a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association.

Learning Objectives

The main driving force for participants to enroll in this course should be their intention to apply at work advanced modeling tools combined with field evaluation techniques with the purpose to optimize process design/upgrades, reduce energy consumption, and/or increase energy generation, while improving effluent quality.