Design and Operation of Membrane Systems in Municipal, Mining and Industrial Applications

From 10/07/17 to 14/07/17

A selection of courses on design and operation of membrane plants in a range of applications that can be taken as single days or multi-day modules. Each day is self-contained and offers a practical, problem based approach to design and operation of membrane systems in municipal, industrial and mining applications.  (Discounts apply for multi-day enrollment, 3 -5 day registration options available).

Each module (course day) includes a design problem covering water quality, equipment selection and sizing, data collection and interpretation, operating strategies, trouble shooting and cost estimating. Participants will receive detailed notes for each module, including worked solutions and copies of design software for design of ultra-filtration, reverse osmosis and membrane bioreactors. Additional activities include demonstration of membrane repair, membrane module displays and a visit to a full scale membrane plant.


Module 1 - Design and operation of membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment

  • Comparison of Membrane Bioreactors (MBR) with conventional wastewater treatment
  • Equipment selection and sizing calculators for  MBRs
  • Essential features of balance of plant; head-works, aeration, solids handling and chemical storage facilities
  • Operating issues including optimising power consumption and membrane cleaning.

Module 2 - Design and operation of ultrafiltration and microfiltration systems:

  • Treatment objectives and basic water quality considerations
  • Equipment selection and sizing calculators for micro-filtration and ultra-filtration systems
  • Development of capital and operating costs
  • Operating issues, including membrane cleaning and monitoring membrane integrity and repairing damaged membranes (hands on activity).

Module 3  - Design and operation of reverse osmosis or nano-filtration system:

  • Treatment objectives in municipal, food, pulp and paper and mining applications
  • Analysing water quality and using membrane design software for RO and NF
  • How to size reverse osmosis equipment and develop capital cost estimates
  • Operating issues: Normalising and interpreting RO system data, understanding membrane fouling and developing cleaning strategies.

Module 4 - Design and operation of membrane processes in sensitive areas and mining applications:

  • Treatment objectives for mine water, shale gas and coal seam gas applications
  • How to size equipment including advanced pretreatment including DAF and Ion Exchange
  • Operating issues and designs solutions for NF/RO in mining/CSG applications including residual brine/salt disposal and controlling silica scaling
  • Specialist modelling overview for difficult to treat waters particularly mining/CSG water applications
  • Equipment sizing and cost estimating for evaporators and crystallisers for residual brine/salt disposal.

Module 5 - Techniques for improving and optimising operational Issues:  Process optimisation:

  • Diagnosing and characterising fouling using membrane autopsy techniques
  • Restoring membrane permeability through cleaning optimisation
  • Options for reducing power consumption and energy recovery
  • Developing asset management strategies for membrane plants


  • Select from 3, 4 or full 5 day attendance options
  • participants receive complete course notes and USB with design software
  • Australian and international case studies
  • Q&A with experienced designers and plant operators
  • Site visit to full scale plants


Chemists, engineers, planers and operators involved in water and wastewater treatment using membrane processes. The modules are based on recent case studies and developments in membrane equipment. Numbers will be limited.

Greg Leslie
Matthew Brannock
Darren Szczepanski