Residuals and Biosolids 2014 - Sustainability Made Simple: Facilitating Resource Recovery

May 18 – 21, 2014
Austin Convention Center   
Austin, Texas  

Technical Program

North America’s longest running and most successful solids management conference provides an exclusive opportunity to network with researchers, thought leaders, and practitioners and explore unprecedented commercial and technical opportunities in biosolids.

This year’s conference will provide comprehensive information on how to achieve resource recovery, with topics ranging from the latest research on recovery technologies to examples of tools and approaches that support the development of resource recovery programs. The technical program is structured to benefit all attendees, offering valuable learning opportunities to both seasoned biosolids professionals and newcomers to the field.
Final Technical Program (PDF)
Final Technical Program Flipbook
Conference Brochure (PDF)


Monday, May 19   
7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Opening General Session
10:00 am – 7:00 pm Exhibition Hours
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon
1:30 pm – 4:45 pm Resource Recovery in the Lone Star State
  Thickening and Dewatering
  Integrated Organics Management
  Solids Handling Process Considerations*
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception
Tuesday, May 20   
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Thermal Hydrolysis Processes
  Thermal Processes
  Energy Recovery Case Studies
  Stabilization Processes*
9:45 am – 3:30 pm Exhibition Hours
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Digestion Pretreatment
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Sidestream Nutrient Removal
  Digester Volume Expansion: Gas Holdup and Foaming
  Considerations for Resource Recovery*
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Facility Tour: Austin Water Utility
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Codigestion
Wednesday, May 21   
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – 10:00 am Digester Operation and Optimization
  Biosolids Marketing
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Biosolids Use: Benefits and Challenges
10:15 am – 11:45 am Biological Phosphorus Removal: Impacts on Dewatering
  Constituents of Emerging Concern

*Essentials/Fundamentals Track

Pre-Conference Workshops and Tour

This year in Austin, we are very pleased to be hosting three pre-conference workshops and one tour. More details are available for each event below.

Workshop A Agenda (PDF)
Workshop B Agenda (PDF)
Workshop C Agenda (PDF)

Workshop A: Implementing Co-Generation for Resource Recovery
Sunday, May 18, 2014 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

The workshop will focus on challenges and solutions for implementing co-generation programs. The speakers and panel members will include a variety of perspectives, including owners, engineers, operators, and equipment vendors. Topics will include relevant technologies including gas production, gas treatment, generator technologies, reducing plant energy demand, and co-generation program implementation. 

Workshop B: Advancing Energy Recovery through WERF Research
Sunday, May 18, 2014 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

WERF’s Energy Challenge encompasses many projects to advance energy recovery at WRRFs. Our suite of research studies examined the potential for energy recovery at facilities over 5 mgd and our researchers determined specific steps to achieve net-zero energy based on the experiences of the leaders in our sector. Critical to energy recovery is the management of biosolids and the triple bottom line evaluation of the possibilities from emerging energy recovery alternatives to enable a truly sustainable practice. In particular, research which advances anaerobic digestion for energy recovery through the co-digestion of organic waste and which maximized the efficiency of AD through innovative digester monitoring approaches such as acoustic doppler is part of the research break-through showcased in this workshop.

Workshop C:You Just Can’t Hide a Biosolids Program! (But you can Communicate It…)
Sunday, May 18, 2014 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

 This workshop will provide an understanding of the critical importance of proactive communications regarding your biosolids management program and an introduction to and new ideas for communicating biosolids messages, including working with the media  

Facility Tour
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The tour will feature the Austin Water Utility (AWU) Hornsby Bend Regional Biosolids Management Plant, home to the award-winning Dillo Dirt composting program and a cornerstone of AWU sustainability initiatives.