Operator Program

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2017 Annual Conference CEUs TBA 


Sunday May 28, 2017
Technical Tour: Dockside Green - Wastewater Treatment Plant    0.15
Monday May 29, 2017
Monday AM Education Sessions  0.3
Monday PM Education Sessions  0.3
Tuesday May 30, 2017
Tuesday AM Education Sessions  0.3
Tuesday PM Education Sessions  0.3
Wednesday May 31, 2017
Technical Tour: Rainwater Management Bus Tour 0.3
Workshops - Hydrogeology & Groundwater Management  0.6
Workshop -  Safe Jetting Sanitary/ Storm 0.6



Operator Challenge: Water Wars - *This event has been cancelled* 

The BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show provides an opportunity for BC’s top operators to compete and share their skills and knowledge, and be recognized for their outstanding performance as water and wastewater professionals. The Operator Challenge will take place on Sunday, May 28 and Monday May 29, 2017. 

Teams of three operators will compete in three round robin events on Sunday May 28 at the outdoor Crystal Garden Plaza.

Collection Pipe Event: The event simulates connecting a 4 inch PVC lateral sewer line to an existing 8 inch PVC sewer pipe.

Water Main Live Tapping Event: The event simulates a service connection onto a live water main.

Confined Space Entry - Chemical metering pump replacement: The event simulates flushing, removing and replacing a metering pump in a confined space. 

The top three scoring teams will compete in a round of final Jeopardy, (also known as Top Ops) Monday May 29 on the Crystal Gardn main stage, answering questions related to EOCP standards and operating procedures, as well as WorkSafeBC regulations and practices.

Scoring will be based on timing and skills.


Interested in competing?

Applications to be submitted online before Friday May 5th, 2017. Full event details will be sent to participating teams once they have completed the online registration form or a summary can be found here. For more details, please contact Mike Warn at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Submission to participate does not guarantee automatic entry to the Operator Challenge: Water Wars event. Participants will be contacted in early May, and those who are purchasing a full conference or one day pass are eligible for the early bird rate. Individuals who are only attending the competition can register for a free Trade Show Walk-In pass. 


Water Wars Winners     Operator Challenge 2     BCWWA 2014 Conference 240



 Operator Symposium program Monday 29th May, 2017

Time Operator Symposium- Sidney Room
9:30 - 10:00

George Foley

Preventative Maintenance - What's in it for the Operator?


10:00 - 10:30   
Siddharth Swami EIT

Case Study - Pumping More Life from your Aging Pumps: Maintenance Management meets Asset Management


10:30 - 11:00
Ben Kineshanko
District of Squamish
Moving from firefighting to fire prevention - Tools for preventative maintenance planning


11:00 - 1:30


1:30 - 2:30

Colin Murphy, AScT,,
Spartan Controls Ltd.
Darryn George, P.Eng,,
Spartan Controls Ltd.

Knowing and trusting your Instrumentation - An operator's guide to your facility's informants

2:30 - 3:00

Tom Dunn
Opus International Consultants (Canada) Limited

Making the most from your SCADA data - an operator's goldmine

3:00 - 3:15
Coffee Break
3:15 - 3:45

Greg Shrimpton
Township of Langley

Making the most from your SCADA data - an operator's goldmine

3:45 - 4:15

Bulbul Ahmed Ph.D., P.E.
Xylem, Inc.

Case Study - Sensors and automation improve treatment while reducing labor, energy and chemical consumption


Operator Reception

Date: Monday May 29, 2017
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Upper Level
Operators are invited to attend the Operator Reception from 6 – 7pm at the Victoria Conference Centre, Upper Level. Reception included in Operator Delegate passes.

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