Filament Identification

August 7-8, 2019, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI

Dr. Michael Richard (aka Mikey) is retiring and will no longer be presenting workshops. We have conducted the Filament ID workshops for 20 plus years and I will miss our annual get together in presenting the workshops, talking wastewaters hop between us and with attendees and hear the same bad jokes every year and still laugh. Thank you Mikey!!!!!!!!

Rick Marshall and Ryan Hennessy (who Michael Richard has mentored over past few years) will provide 2-days of hands-on training in microscopic identification and assessment of activated sludge and aerated stabilization basin sludges. The course offers extensive hands-on lab time with phase-contrast microscopes with highest quality Olympus phase-contrast microscopes. This is a premier wastewater microbiology class - no one else offers a class like this!

Each participant will get to use their own phase-contrast microscope without sharing (no you can't take this home afterwards).

Students will learn and apply the proper techniques in assessing floc characteristics, staining and identifying filamentous bacteria. Students will utilize bench sheets to summarize results of their examinations. Samples containing the commonly found filamentous bacteria will be analyzed during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples to be analyzed.

Hands-on training will help you identify problems and troubleshoot your system. The lecture sections of the course will cover the microbiology of activated sludge and ASBs; microbiological problems that occur; and practical control measures. Rick Marshall will present the latest findings in troubleshooting and controlling filaments.

Specific lab sessions will cover:
· microscope use
· staining techniques
· sample handling & prep.
· filamentous bacteria ID

Course Outline:

· Microbiology overview, microbiological problems and control measures
· Lab: microscope use; good and problem sludges
· Lab: filament identification techniques
· Lab: review of participant samples; demos
· Lab: microorganism identification with samples·

Participants will receive 1) The Manual on the Causes and Control of Activated Sludge Bulking and Foaming and Other Solids Separation Problems, 2) Industrial Activated Sludge Operations manual by Richard Marshall, P.E., and 3) Activated sludge Microbiology poster.

Enrollment for the Filament Identification course will be limited to 16 students.

Registration Fee:
$800 USD (Note: Deduct $70 if bringing your own copy of The Manual)

Advanced Filament Identification

No workshop in 2019 Will return in 2020.

This is the only advanced filament ID class in North America, where you get the chance to see all of the major filaments! Hopefully you do not get to see them in your sample at the same time!

Each participant will get to use their own phase-contrast microscope without sharing (no you can't take this home afterwards).

You will get hands-on training in microscopic examination of activated sludge/aerated stabilization basin sludges. Most if not of the twenty major filamentous bacteria will be available for identification by the participants. Students will learn and apply the proper techniques in assessing floc characteristics, staining and identifying filamentous bacteria. Participants should bring their own sludges for analysis.

As a course prerequisite, students must have completed the basic Filament Identification workshop and have treatment plant operating experience. The prerequisite may be waived by instructor permission.

Participants will receive 1) The Manual on the Causes and Control of Activated Sludge Bulking and Foaming and Other Solids Separation Problems, 2) Industrial Activated Sludge Operations manual by Richard Marshall P.E., and 3) Activated sludge Microbiology poster.

Enrollment for the Advanced Filament Identification course is limited to 16 students.

Registration Fee:

$ TBD USD (Note: Deduct $70 if bringing your own copy of The Manual)

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