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Thursday April 14 2016 - TUR Planner Continuing Education Conference

Thursday - April 14, 2016 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
TUR Planner Continuing Education Conference
MassMutual Conference Center, Chicopee, MA (directions) 
Presentations can be viewed HERE


8:00 - 8:30 - Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 - Welcome & Essential Conference Info
8:30 - 9:15 - Plenary Keynote - Jo Ann Ratto - U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center
9:15 - 9:30 - TURA Program Update

9:30 - 12:15 - Concurrent Morning Sessions:

  • Session A - Water Conservation and Process Modernization - presented in collaboration with the Massachusetts Chemistry & Technology Alliance
  • Session B - ISO 14000 - and Related Standards 
  • Session C - TUR Planning Refresher


12:15 - 1:15 - Lunch

1:15 - 4:00 - Concurrent Afternoon Sessions:

  • Session D - Process Modernization and Process Safety - presented in collaboration with the Massachusetts Chemistry & Technology Alliance
  • Session E - Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

8:30 - 9:15 - Plenary Keynote:  Jo Ann Ratto - U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center
The renowned U.S. Army Natick Labs is a leader in research and development of clothing, food, shelter, and other equipment needs specifically for military personnel.  To fulfill this mission, the NSSC must take a life-cycle approach to equipping soldiers, and ensure that personal equipment keeps them safe.  Dr. Ratto is a Polymer Research Engineer at the Natick Center, where she is the principal investigator of several environmental projects focused on decreasing solid waste as it relates to military missions.

9:30 - 12:15 - Concurrent Morning Sessions A, B, C  Please Choose One

Session A: TUR and Water Resource Conservation in Water Treatment - Mark Girgenti - Burt Process Equipment

The requirement of water treatment is a common demand that spans various industries including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing facilities, research laboratories, semiconductor manufacturers, food processing/bottling plants, and higher education institutions. With a diverse range of applications and so many different water quality standards and regulations in use, it can be a real challenge for engineers to design the optimal system for each application. This presentation will discuss building scale process water generation and waste water treatment systems. Theory, different technologies, and optimization will be discussed and reviewed in numerous case studies. Water and chemical conservation in the context of these systems will be reviewed and different water recycling and water reduction technologies will be discussed as well as some of the challenges of waste water recycling.Presented in collaboration with the Massachusetts Chemistry & Technology Alliance.  Qualifies for 3 RC (Water) Credits 

Session B:  ISO 14000 - 2015 and related standards

Linda Swift of Capaccio Environmental Engineering will lead this session on recent significant changes to the ISO 14000 family of standards on Environmental Management Systems.  Come to this session to learn how establishing a TURA EMS may benefit your company’s TUR effort.

Session C: TUR Planning Refresher - Rich Bizzozero - OTA, and TURA program staff

This session will focus on a core aspect of effective TUR Planning - Process Characterization.  Starting with key concepts, such as choosing a unit of product, the session will cover how to create and to effectively use Process Flow Diagrams to help pinpoint costly inefficiencies in materials use, and measure the impacts of Toxics Use Reduction initiatives on your toxics use and waste.  Workshop exercises and structured discussions will make this session highly interactive.   

 1:15 - 4:00 - Concurrent Afternoon Sessions D & E      
Please Choose One

Sessions D: Process Modernization and Process Safety

Dr. Ashok Dastidar, PhD, MBA - Fauske & Associates, LLC Recognition of risk may drive the need for process modernization. In any case, plans for process modernization should be evaluated for risk management.  This session will provide an overview of identification, characterization, and mitigation of process safety hazards, utilizing a three stage approach to help prevent accidents and promote process efficiency.  The session will include classroom exercises to promote practical learning with application. The three stage approach (described below) utilizes industry best practices to depending on the raw materials being handled.

1.     Hazard Identification - A systematic analysis of a given process is used to identify process safety hazards associated with equipment or process areas and the materials handled in these areas.  These hazards can be assigned a risk ranking which helps prioritize where the mitigation strategies should be focused.  It can also be used to identify gaps in process safety data.  Both Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) and Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) methodologies will be discussed.

2.    Material Characterization - Understanding the combustible nature or thermal stability of a given material is a critical aspect of developing sound manufacturing procedures.

3.     Hazard Mitigation - Modern approach to hazard mitigation strategies will be discussed.  Presented in collaboration with the Massachusetts Chemistry & Technology Alliance 

Session E:  Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

CHP is the cogeneration of process heat and electricity, which can be a much more efficient use of fuel.  Thus, any industrial facility that requires extensive process heating is a potential candidate for CHP technology.  This session will introduce the fundamentals of CHP, including basic information for evaluating whether CHP is viable for a particular facility.  The session will also provide information on financial incentives for adopting CHP, as well as case study information on companies that have implemented systems. Qualifies for 3 RC (Energy) Credits

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TURA Filer Fee ($200) 

Non TURA Filer Fee ($250) 

Half Day Fee ($125)

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Fees: The registration fee includes conference materials, a continental breakfast, lunch and breaks.  The full day fee for TURA filers is $200.00 and the fee for non-filers is $250.00.  The half day fee is $125.00.  All fees include lunch.

Conference fees can be paid using a credit card through our on-line system.  Fees may also be paid by mailing a check to Brenda Wilson at TURI-UMass Lowell, 600 Suffolk Street, Suite 501, Lowell, MA  01854-2866.

Make checks payable to UMass Lowell.  Checks may be mailed or brought to the conference.

Cancellations:  Cancellations must be received by April 7, 2016.  Cancellations by this date will receive a credit for the registration that may be used for a future training.  There will be no credit given for cancellations after April 7, 2016.

TUR Credit: The full day conference will be worth 12 credits.  These credits may be used to apply to MassDEP for recertification.

If you have any questions or special needs contact Anne Basanese at 978-934-3144 or  Anne_Basanese@uml.edu

For questions about the conference content, contact Mark Myles at 978-934-3298 or  Mark.Myles@turi.org