Major

Civil Engineering - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

Design phase operator input can prove useful; however, it is not essential in every application, as Akron’s treatment plant implemented AI to increase treatment capacity without design-phase operator input. They implemented a system flight simulator, a few hours training, and have communicated with the designer to make system tweaks as needed. In larger applications, the owner may benefit greatly by incorporating design input from operational staff. Those representing a municipality as a project owner for a treatment plant upgrade should always maintain an active role in the design of smart water infrastructure. They must keep the operators in mind when reviewing the drawings and specifications to ensure practicality whether there is a large infrastructural upgrade or just the implementation of the smart systems. Though AI water treatment monitoring and control offers great benefits, the question of how to overcome these obstacles remains.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Christopher Miller

First Reader

Dr. David Roke

Second Reader

Dr. Stephen Duirk

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