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Biosolids Treatment and Management

This course is not currently scheduled for a future event

The aim of this course is to teach the fundamentals underpinning biosolids treatment and management.  Learn how to analyse and classify biosolids, how to select and design key treatment technologies, how the biosolids guidelines are used, and how to analyse biosolids operating problems. Biosolids handling is a major component of wastewater treatment operation and often accounts for half the total operating cost of sewage treatment.  Optimising biosolids management and properly integrating it with the rest of the plant is frequently the best way to cut costs, environmental footprint, and at the same time, generate valuable, renewable resources. 

This is a practical course, focusing on both management and technology, and several Australian case studies are used to illustrate approaches and outcomes.   


Day 1: Biosolids Management

  • Biosolids management overview -how technology, end use, liquid stream and other factors fit together
  • Biosolids end use - current regulatory framework, how to classify biosolids in accordance with the biosolids guidelines, stabilisation requirements, end use storage and application operations
  • Biosolids destruction vs beneficial use
  • Biosolids management - practical examples of treatment and end use problems, impact of upstream operation, integrated assessment of the pre-treatment, stabilisation, and dewatering train
  • Examples of treatment train failures
  • Workshop - The whole biosolids management picture: A case study

Day 2: Technology Design and Application

  • Design of biological and chemical stabilisation technologies - Anaerobic and aerobic digestion, composting, enhanced treatment, thermal hydrolysis and pyrolysis
  • Dewatering technologies - Design and analysis of dewatering systems such as gravity belts, presses and centrifuges, solar dryers and thermal dryers 
  • Integrated system analysis - Impact of upstream properties on stabilisation, dewatering, and eventual disposal options
  • Workshop - Triple bottom line analysis of treatment options in larger systems
  • Emerging issues in biosolids treatment and management


  • Access to two world leading practitioners in biosolids treatment
  • Course notes and CD-ROM
  • Core skills and tools to take back to your workplace, which will enable you to analyse and trouble-shoot your biosolids management problems
  • The chance to workshop your specific biosolids issues
  • Real world exercises and case studies


Engineers, scientists, operators and managers who are responsible for biosolids management, operation, and planning.

Damien Batstone
Paul Darvodelsky