Organisation

Task Group Chair

 

Dr Evangelina Belia

 

Primodal Inc., 145 Rue Aberdeen, Quebec, Canada G1R 2C9

 

Tel: 418 552 7964

 

Email: Lina Belia

Task Group Secretary

 

Dr Lorenzo Benedetti

 

BIOMATH, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, Gent 9000 Belgium

 

Tel: +32 9 264 5937

 

Fax: +32 9 264 6220

 

E-mail:Lorenzo Benedetti

Management Committee Members

 

Prof. Peter Vanrolleghem (Co-Chair)

Mr Bruce Johnson

 

Email:Peter Vanrolleghem

Email:Bruce Johnson

 

Dr Sudhir Murthy

Dr. Marc Neumann

 

Email:Sudhir Murthy

Email:Marc Neumann

 

Dr. Stefan Weijers

 

Email:Stefan Weijers

DOUT

Mission Statement
Transition the wastewater market to probabilistic use of mathematical simulators; which will provide utilities with more effective facilities and increase the socio-economic benefits of wastewater recovery.

Objectives
The goal of the DOUT group is to critically summarise the work that has already been done on the topic of uncertainty evaluation and identify gaps in available methods or knowledge. The study intends to bring together the collective knowledge of engineers, academics and plant owners, from several countries and continents. The IWA task group will be the first phase of a multi stage project that will culminate in the development of an industry-wide, recognized protocol that incorporates uncertainty evaluations in model-based plant design and optimisation.

Tasks
1. Document how uncertainty/risk are currently handled in the wastewater industry
2. Clarify the terms and definitions
3. Develop a list of sources of uncertainty
4. Evaluate existing methods
5. Identify gaps in current knowledge and developments required
6. Incorporate knowledge from other fields
7. Produce a report

Workshops
– 11th IWA Specialized Conference “Design, Operation and Economics of Large Waste Water Treatment Plants”: How close to your permit do you design or operate your plant? Effluent regulations, sampling strategies and risk., Budapest, Hungary, September 6th, 2011.
– WWTmod2010: Interdisciplinary Meeting on Uncertainty, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Québec, March 31st, 2010.
– IWA WWC 2010: Explicitly dealing with uncertainty in WWTP design and operation, IWA World Congress, Montreal, September 20th.
– WEFTEC 2010: How will your Wastewater Plant Really Run? Evaluating Risk in Design and Operation, Workshop 203, New Orleans, October 3rd.
– SPN6: Interdisciplinary Meeting on Uncertainty in Water Systems, Goldcoast, Australia, November 11-12, 2010.

IWA Website
http://www.iwahq.org/Home/Networks/Task_groups/Task_Group_on_Uncertainty/

Publications
– Belia, E., Amerlinck, Y., Benedetti, L., Johnson, B., Sin, G., Vanrolleghem, P.A., Gernaey, K. V., Gillot, S., Neumann, M. B., Rieger, L., Shaw, A., and Villez, K. (2009). Wastewater treatment modeling: Dealing with Uncertainties. Wat. Sci. Tech., 60(8), 1929-1941.
– Belia, E., Benedetti, L., Johnson, B., Murthy, S., Vanrolleghem, P.A., Gernaey, K. V., Gillot, S., Neumann, M. B., Weijers, S., and Copp, JB. (2009). Wastewater treatment modelling: discussing uncertainty. INFLUENTS, Vol 4, 81-83.