Call for Mobile Session Abstracts

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See Example topics from previous years.

Exhibitor Exclusive:  PNCWA2018 Mobile Session Call for Abstracts

Abstracts must be submitted online by Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 at

Please submit an abstract to make a formal presentation of your company’s technology and/or products on the Exhibit Floor during PNCWA2018. The Mobile Sessions will be Tuesday, Oct. 23. Only Exhibitors with booths in their company’s name are eligible to submit for consideration. Approximately 6 abstracts will be selected.

Mobile Session Background Information: These sessions are focused around specific topics or technology and will allow PNCWA to bring attendees to selected booths to hear and see technical and educational presentations combined with equipment or hands-on visuals. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to, hydrolysis, digestion, dewatering, drying, nutrient harvesting, and energy recovery.

Presentation Content Guidelines and Suggestions: These presentations are intended to be technology discussions, not product or proprietary pitches. Abstracts will be scrutinized for overt marketing.

  • These sessions are meant to be non-PowerPoint learning opportunities from technical experts.
  • The intent is to provide a hands-on experience focusing on face-to-face exchanges between vendors, operators and engineers.
  • A biography of the presenter(s) is required to demonstrate their technical qualifications and to qualify the presentation for CEUs, and substitution of presenters is not allowed.
  • The presenters should highlight, from their perspective, what works and doesn’t work for the individual technology they are describing.
  • For example, they should discuss items such as the ideal application, suitability for various applications, performance characteristics, capacity limitations, space requirements, energy demand, capital and operating costs, design life, maintenance requirements, redundancy requirements, proven installations, etc.

Note: The presentation should be based on actual installations with insights from operators, engineers and planners. Presenters are encouraged to use the props and product samples within their booth to make technical points.

Criteria for Selection: The Mobile Session Committee will review all submissions and develop the final program for the PNCWA2018 Mobile Session. The committee will be looking for presentations that demonstrate:

  • Case studies or pilot projects featuring the use of new technology
  • Exchange of knowledge and experiences related to innovation
  • Collaborative work that includes utilities, vendors, consultants and regulators
  • Presenters who are well-versed in the technology

Schedule of PNCWA2018 Mobile Session in Boise: This session will be held on Tuesday, Oct 23 from 10:00-Noon on the exhibit floor. During that time, each presenter is expected to give three 25-minute back-to back presentations (same content for each) simultaneously with 3-4 other exhibitors in other booths; attendees will choose which three 25-minute presentations to attend during the 1.5-hour timeslot. Facilitators will be selected specifically by the Mobile Session Committee to encourage lively discussion and debate. Presenters must be technically proficient to handle very challenging questions and adjust presentations to the interest of the participants.

Mobile Session Presenters will be required to develop the abstract into the following time sequence:

  • 25-minutes per presentation total, each accepted presentation to be given three times back-to-back in the following sequence with 5 minutes in between for attendees to travel to next presentation:
    • 5 minutes: What are the firm’s credentials? What are the credentials/expertise of the presenter? What are the firm’s products?
    • 15 minutes: Discussion by the presenter of a technical topic related to the technology
    • 5 minutes: Q&A and general discussion
  • Any handouts must be educational in nature and not advertising.

Please consider the following requests when submitting your abstracts for consideration:

  • Limit abstracts to 500 words and be concise in the title (75-character title is the max)
  • Include a brief resume of all presenters (not all authors).
  • Use good old-fashioned normal formatting. Do not use all caps, etc.

We look forward to receiving and considering your abstract. If you have any questions, please contact Mike at [email protected] or Denise at [email protected].

Dick Finger, PNCWA2018 Mobile Session Organizer

Download Call for Mobile Session Abstracts

Submit Mobile Session abstracts here.

Examples from previous years

Example 1 – WEFTEC16
Mobile Session: Eyes On with High Performance Dewatering Systems
Handling and transportation of wastewater sludges and biosolids containing 70-95 percent moisture by weight remain significant operating costs for many water resource recovery facilities. The selection and operation of high performing mechanical dewatering systems is a key strategy to reduce operational costs associated with wastewater sludge and biosolids management and improve overall treatment process sustainability. Mechanical dewatering systems include a broad range of centrifugation and pressing systems, each having unique design features that are critical to their operation and performance optimization and best described by the manufacturers of these systems.

Technical presentations on the following topics:
Decanter Centrifuge
Belt Filter Press
Rotary Press
Hydraulic Piston Press
Screw Press

Example 2 – WEFTEC15
Mobile Session: How Dry Am I?  Thermal Drying of Biological Wastewater Solids
Thermal drying is one of the technologies available for processing of waste biological solids produced at municipal wastewater treatment plants. Thermal drying is a viable and proven solids processing technology primarily aimed at producing a marketable product. The high temperatures used in thermal drying assure that the US EPA time and temperature requirements for pathogen kill are met. Thermal drying systems may produce a variety of forms of dry material, including fine dust, flakes, small pellets, or larger fragments, depending on the type of thermal drying system used, the characteristics of biosolids processed, and the use intended for the product. This mobile session will provide an opportunity to visit manufacturers of belt, fluidized bed, drum, paddle and solar drying systems.

Technical presentations on the following topics:
Rotary Drum Dryer
Paddle Dryer
Belt Dryer
Solar Dryer

Example 3 – PNCWA2017
Topic 1: Cold-climate Treatment – Complying with Ammonia, Phosphorus and Nitrogen Limits
Topic 2:  Asset Management for the 21st Century: Electronic Field Forms
Topic 3:  Optimizing the performance of your dewatering device!
Topic 4:  Got Data? How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the Water and Wastewater Industry
Topic 5:  Bench Testing for Geotextile Container Dewatering Projects