WaterBriefs: Metcalf & Eddy wins contract for Maryland water treatment plant

Also in this report: Water reuse, biosolids experts join AECOM unit; New Logic joins Schwarzenegger on Mexico trade mission; New GIS technology predicts coastal vulnerability; Low Carbon Accelerator funds emissions-capture sewage treatment technology; Brisbane Water selects Bentley's WaterGEMS software; Parsons picked by Augusta Utilities Department for water plant expansion; Grundfos wins EFQM award; Krones lands first full U.S. brewery contract with Glarus Brewing greenfield project...

In other news below:
-- Water reuse, biosolids experts join AECOM environmental unit
-- New Logic to join Gov. Schwarzenegger in trade mission to Mexico
-- New GIS technology predicts coastal vulnerability
-- Low Carbon Accelerator funds emissions-capture sewage treatment technology
-- CH2M Hill adds Hiatt as principal technologist
-- Brisbane Water selects Bentley's WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition
-- Parsons picked by Augusta Utilities Department for water plant expansion
-- Grundfos wins European quality management award
-- Krones lands first full U.S. brewery contract with Glarus Brewing greenfield project

Metcalf & Eddy wins Carroll County design-build contract for Freedom District Water Treatment Plant -- WAKEFIELD, MA, Nov. 8, 2006 -- Metcalf & Eddy announced last week it has been awarded a $29 million design-build contract by Carroll County, MD, to design and construct an expansion of the County's Freedom District Water Treatment Plant. The new 4-mgd facility will augment the County's existing plant, increasing the total capacity to 7-mgd, and will be designed to facilitate future capacity increases. Treatment technologies to be employed include dissolved air flotation clarification, membrane filtration. A finished water pump station and transmission main are also part of the project, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2008. The county has asked M&E to implement an alternative facility layout designed by M&E to reduce construction time and save the County significant capital and operational cost. The alternate design, developed by M&E during the procurement process, consolidates the facility's primary components into one compact structure...
Also see:
-- "Noted national water reuse expert Dr. Chandra Mysore joins Metcalf & Eddy team"
-- "Widely published biosolids expert Dr. Mohammed Abu-Orf joins Metcalf & Eddy"

New Logic to join Gov. Schwarzenegger in trade mission to Mexico -- EMERYVILLE, CA, Nov. 8, 2006 -- New Logic Research announced today its participation in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Trade Mission to Mexico. New Logic will exhibit in The California Jobs Commission's Energy and Environmental Technology Trade Show on Nov. 9 and 10 in Monterrey, Mexico. As a leading firm in California's environmental economy, New Logic's proprietary vibrating membrane system (VSEP) is becoming increasingly sought-after in Latin America. Applications for VSEP in Mexico run the gamut from ultrapure water production to industrial wastewater treatment. In addition to participating in the exhibition, New Logic will meet with key firms from the region. Attending will be New Logic CEO Greg Johnson, and Sales Manager for Latin America, Edison Guerra...

Predicting coastal vulnerability with new GIS technology -- NARRAGANSETT, RI, Nov. 8, 2006 -- A newly improved geographic information systems (GIS) technology, in development by Rhode Island company Applied Science Associates, allows planners to better allocate resources and to publicize the risk to vulnerable areas while allowing the public to be proactive in preparing for flooding. Global mean sea level has been rising at an average rate of 1 to 2 mm/year over the past 100 years, a rate significantly larger than that averaged over the last several thousand years and severe weather patterns and tropical storm intensities are predicted to increase in conjunction with global climate change. Exacerbated by recent disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, many organizations, businesses and media outlets are asking the question of what our coastlines and low-lying cities might look like when impacted by storms and rising sea levels. The effort began in Boston, where the National Environmental Trust (NET) commissioned ASA to map the effects of a 100-year storm surge plus 100 years of sea level rise along the downtown coast. These images were used in a recently released EPA report, "Climate's Long Term Impacts on Metro Boston"...
Also see:
-- "Computer Modeling Used to Help Close a Chapter in U.S. Naval History"
-- "Oil tanker and benzene chemical tanker collision in Tampa Bay simulated"

Low Carbon Accelerator funds emissions-capture sewage treatment technology -- LONDON, Nov. 8, 2006 -- A major investment from Low Carbon Accelerator Limited (LCA), the AIM-quoted private equity company, has enabled Eco-Solids International, the advanced sewage-treatment specialists, to start the world's first commercial scale trials of its 'Bug-Buster' technology. Eco-Solids' technology significantly increases the efficiency of the anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge. It enables considerably more methane to be captured from the sewage, which is then used to generate clean electricity on site. As the electricity is generated from a renewable source, it also attracts Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for the operating company. This is one of several key investments now moving forward following LCA's successful listing on AIM in October. LCA -- a closed-ended investment company focused on fast-growing, low-carbon and emissions-reduction businesses -- specialises in early-stage to expansion capital, filling the gap between government incubators and pre-IPO/IPO funding. As a result, Eco-Solids International has been able to sign an agreement with Yorkshire Water to start the commercial trials of its 'Bug-Buster' technology at the Old Whittington Sewage Treatment Works at Chesterfield in Yorkshire...

CH2M Hill adds Hiatt as principal technologist for Industrial Solutions Group SPARTANBURG, SC, Nov. 8, 2006 -- Denver-based CH2M Hill announced today that William Hiatt, Ph.D., has been named as principal technologist as part of the firm's industrial solutions group. Hiatt's primary responsibilities will be in water, wastewater, stormwater and pollution prevention for private industrial clients. With more than 30 years of experience with AKZO-Nobel and BASF, Hiatt brings expertise in process and project engineering and environmental management in chemicals, polymers, microporous membranes, synthetic and carbon filters and coatings. He has six U.S. patents, one of which was donated to the Water Environment Research Foundation in 2004. Hiatt is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer...

Brisbane Water selects Bentley's WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition -- Software picked for Modeling Speed, Ease of Use, and Fire Flow Analysis -- EXTON, PA, Nov. 8, 2006 -- Bentley Systems Inc. yesterday announced that Brisbane Water, one of the largest water utilities in Australia, has selected WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition, Bentley's water distribution modeling solution, to manage the municipality's complex water network. The network serves a population of approximately one million. WaterGEMS V8 XM, which won the 2006 AWWA People's Choice Award for best new product, was chosen by Brisbane Water after an extensive selection process that evaluated several competing systems. Key criteria included overall power, modeling speed, ease of use, model management, and fire flow analysis capabilities...

Parsons picked by Augusta Utilities Department for water plant expansion -- PASADENA, CA, Nov. 7, 2006 -- Parsons has been awarded a guaranteed maximum price contract by the Augusta Utilities Department (AUD) to perform Construction Management-at-Risk services for the Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant expansion in Augusta, GA. The $63.5 million project is an expansion of a conventional water treatment plant, originally built in 1939, from 45 mgd to 60 mgd to supply the downtown Augusta area and the Army's Fort Gordon. This expansion will include installing new raw water intakes; constructing a multipurpose building to house the administrative offices, operations and maintenance area, new deep bed filters, and chemical storage tanks and pumping systems; improving the existing auxiliary pumping station; constructing a new multipurpose pumping station; providing electrical service and power distribution for new equipment; and installing new instrumentation and control systems for the entire treatment system. Parsons has enjoyed a six-year relationship with the AUD performing similar tasks while meeting and exceeding the minority participation goals set by the Augusta Commissioners. Construction is to be completed by early 2009...
Also see: "Koger joins Parsons as Water & Infrastructure Proposal Center manager"

Grundfos wins European quality management award -- BJERRINGBRO, Denmark, Nov. 7, 2006 -- Grundfos is now among the most well-managed companies in Europe. This was proven when, earlier this evening, the pump group's Danish manufacturing company won what is probably Europe's most prestigious company award at the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) Forum in Budapest, Hungary. Among 27 finalists, Grundfos A/S won the EFQM Excellence Award -- Award winner and the EFQM Excellence Award - Prize winner for Corporate Social Responsibility and EFQM Excellence Award - Prize winner for People Development & Involvement. In its grounds, EFQM states that Grundfos A/S today is an operating unit amongst the best in Europe with an inspirational way to achieve excellent results in many fields, by putting business excellence at the core of their culture in line with the values, involving and valuing their employees to focus on improvement and learning from assessments, using smart visual ways to come to a common understanding of goals, able to transfer into practice the essence of its brand to "Be, Think and Innovate"...

Krones realizes first complete brewery in the United States with Glarus Brewing greenfield project
FRANKLIN, WI, Nov. 7, 2006 -- Krones AG, of Neutraubling, Germany, accepted a bid from New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI, for the erection of a Greenfield brewery with a yearly capacity of 120,000 hl. The contract, announced Sept. 27, is the first complete brewery Krones AG will implement continuously in compliance with their technical, technological and constructional standards together with their U.S. affiliate Krones Inc., in Franklin, WI. The order includes the malt house, malt handling and cleaning, the brew house, the whole cold area with yeast propagation and storage as well as the connection of the new process section to an existing Krones filling line. Also the complete engineering including all necessary utilities such as water, steam, CO2 or air and automating the brewery with the process control system Botec are integral part of the order...

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