Are you feeling intimidated by the thought of publishing a technical paper? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! But fear not, because on this episode of Scaling UP! H2O, we have the one and only Michael J. Soller P.E. CPC, DBIA, here to provide you with all the guidance you need to get that paper out into the world.
Mike is no stranger to the water industry – as Vice President of Business Development at Bowen Engineering, he’s seen it all. Bowen is an EPC/Design-Build Contractor that focuses on building Water, Wastewater, Energy, and Industrial projects. Mike jokes, “If you drink it, flush it, or turn it on, that’s what we do.”
When Mike isn’t working at Bowen, he serves on the International Water Conference (IWC) Executive Committee. The IWC is a tactical conference focused on industrial water treatment and its members are known for their expertise in emerging issues associated with water treatment; AKA tough-to-treat waters. This includes working on issues associated with the energy, PFAS, and water markets that are interdependent. Whether you’re a seasoned water pro or just starting out in your water career, this episode is for you.
Bottom line: By the end of this episode, you’ll be equipped with the tools, resources, and references you need to publish that technical paper with confidence. So sit back, relax, and let Mike guide you through the process.
Join our Global 6K for Water team [1:00]
Periodic Water Table With James McDonald [7:20]
Interview with Michael J. Soller P.E. CPC, DBIA , the Vice President of Business Development at Bowen Engineering Corporation and part of the International Water Conference (IWC) Executive Committee [10:00]
Closing thoughts about volunteering for and attending water conferences with Trace Blackmore [48:00]
Connect with Michael J. Soller, P.E. CPC. DBIA
IWC Conference website: eswp.com/water/overview/
IWC Conference Speaker and Presenter videos: eswp.com/water/iwcspeakers/
Company Website: BowenEngineering.com
Read or Download Mike Soller’s Press Release HERE
“The International Water Conference is a tactical conference focussed on industrial water treatment and the expertise and emerging issues associated with water treatment; the expertise associated with tough-to-treat waters.” – Mike Soller
“These are the smartest folks on earth about water and if they don’t know the answers to the questions, they will find someone who can give the answers.” – Mike Soller
“There’s not a person (in our industry) who does everything themselves. We rely upon each other, it’s about the people and the product.” – Mike Soller
“There are 72 papers presented in 2.5 days at IWC Conferences. We are here for education and dialogue.” – Mike Soller
“The IWC has some of the most robust questions at their conferences.” – Trace Blackmore
“Anyone can present at IWC, you don’t have to be a member.” – Mike Soller
“There are a lot of different topics covered on this podcast. In the travel I do, it is enjoyable and rewarding to listen to. I’m not kidding. it’s just a lot of fun.” – Mike Soller
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Periodic Water Table With James McDonald
Aside from sodium sulfite, what are the other forms of sulfite used in industrial water treatment? What are their chemical formulas? What are some advantages of using one form over another? If used in boilers, what pressures can sulfites be used or not used? Why? How do you test for sulfite? What may interfere with the sulfite test? Does age of the water sample matter when testing? Does how vigorously you stir the sample matter? How accurate is the sulfite test? Have you ever tried running the sulfite test on sulfite-free makeup water just to see what it might show? In what unit of measure is the sulfite test result expressed? How quickly does sulfite react? Is a catalyst ever used to speed the reaction? If yes, which catalyst? Can this catalyst ever cause issues itself? How should one control the feed of a sulfite-based product? Are sulfites ever fed ahead of pretreatment, such as RO? Why? Can the speed and stroke settings impact the effectiveness of such a feed?