Filament Identification

We will decide if the workshops will be held by July 7. The decision depends on class enrollment (minimum of 10 needed). If you plant to attend, please register by July 7. If attending, make hotel reservations very soon as CSU students will be returning during that week.

August 14-16, 2017, Fort Collins, CO

Dr. Michael Richard and Rick Marshall will provide 3-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 the 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. Dr. Richard will present 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:
$1180 USD (Note: Deduct $70 if bringing your own copy of The Manual)

Advanced Filament Identification

August 17-18, 2017, Fort Collins, CO

This is the only advanced filament ID class in North america, given by a premier authority in the field, 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).

Dr. Michael Richard and Rick Marshall will provide hands-on training in microscopic examination of activated sludge/aerated stabilization basin sludges. All 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:

$980 USD (Note: Deduct $70 if bringing your own copy of The Manual)

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