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ScubaSteve
11-23-2011, 12:57 AM
Hey guys,

I teach a waste water treatment and pollution control course at Chemical Engineering UBC, which covers everything you'd ever need to know should you want to build a water treatment plant. The neat thing is, everything we do in this hobby such as carbon dosing (ie. biological substrate reduction), skimmers (ie. dissolved oxygen floatation), pH control and so on, are all part of the curriculum (albeit at a different scale).

I was wondering, would anyone be interested in me re-working my course material to have a focus on reef keeping and go through the technical aspects of the various methods and equipment we use to keep our systems clean? This would be of interest to DIY guys or people looking to optimize their designs.

It would realistically take me a couple months to put the material together but I'm willing to do it if there are enough people interested in me doing so.

Let me know if you are interested in this or if there was something in particular you'd want to learn about, or just vote 'no'.

Oh, and for the record, this would be free (the course is normally $550)

Cheers!

jjntm
11-23-2011, 01:40 AM
yes, I would be interested...

hillegom
11-23-2011, 01:49 AM
Definitely, if in the evening, and centrally located.

SeaHorse_Fanatic
11-23-2011, 01:54 AM
So are you building a secondary treatment pond in your backyard?

jostafew
11-23-2011, 01:56 AM
Yup, I'd be interested for sure

ScubaSteve
11-23-2011, 02:00 AM
I should also add I'll do this online for all the people not local.

And Anthony, if it keeps raining like this my yard is going to turn into a pond for sure.

Blom
11-23-2011, 02:06 AM
I would be interested in something like that, online of course. I guess it would depend on the delivery method for online.

ALang
11-23-2011, 02:13 AM
That sounds like some thing that I definitely would be interested in.
Thanks. Will tag on for further info.
Lenny.

lee9
11-23-2011, 02:30 AM
I would also be interested in the online version. Thanks.

Lee

Aquattro
11-23-2011, 02:33 AM
Hey guys,

which covers everything you'd ever need to know should you want to build a water treatment plant.

Why on earth would you want to do that?? :)

I spent countless hours in the treatment plant in Kelowna, you could taste the waste days after leaving! blech!!:razz:

Aquattro
11-23-2011, 02:37 AM
But yes, a course would be great for people to get an idea of how it's done. All very similar to our tanks!

SeaHorse_Fanatic
11-23-2011, 03:27 AM
Why on earth would you want to do that?? :)

I spent countless hours in the treatment plant in Kelowna, you could taste the waste days after leaving! blech!!:razz:

You should try visiting a pig farm. Don't have to touch anything, but sprinkle some water on your hair after you leave and you can literally empty a bus of riders within a minute or so.:wink:

Great idea ScubaSteve. Once its been decided, I will see if I can work my schedule around to make it to the workshop.

btymens
11-24-2011, 03:57 AM
i would be interested as well

Bloodasp
11-24-2011, 04:14 AM
You had me at free. Seriously though, it would be a great idea.

ScubaSteve
11-24-2011, 04:15 AM
Are there any particular topics you guys are curious in learning?

Abe
11-24-2011, 05:33 AM
+1 for online :)

BlueWorldAquatic
11-24-2011, 11:09 PM
Sounds like a great idea.

Canuckgod420
11-25-2011, 01:11 AM
sign me up.

RuGlu6
11-25-2011, 02:28 AM
Oh, and for the record, this would be free

Cheers!

A free waste water course sounds good to me!
Most likely on line, due to a day time restrictions.
Thank you for doing this, (or thinking about doing)
voted yes.

emerald crab
11-26-2011, 05:15 PM
I would be more than interested. It helps when you know what you're doing. So, I really want to learn.

DAVE
11-26-2011, 07:29 PM
That is an excellent idea. I would be in for sure!!!

Very generous of you to take the time to prepare material and offer this course for free.

ScubaSteve
11-26-2011, 07:43 PM
I'm glad to see many of you are interested. Ok, I'll do it. It'll take me a while to put it all together, so I'll need some time.

I'm going to try and put it together so that I cover as many aspects of water treatment in the aquaria sense. Can anyone suggest some topics you like to see? I'll cover skimmers, bioreactors (and carbon dosing) and flocculation (ie. why your tank looks like a dust storm and how you can fix it). Anything else you want to see?

randallino
11-26-2011, 08:23 PM
Sounds good Scuba Steve. Let me see if I can make this part of my professional development time. :wink:

reef-keeper
11-28-2011, 10:39 PM
I like the online info due to not local to Vancouver!!

regent2009
11-30-2011, 12:49 AM
i am in. great idea.

smiley
11-30-2011, 03:54 AM
yes, I would be very much interested in that course!!

reefwars
11-30-2011, 04:17 AM
i would be in for this too buddy:)

RuGlu6
11-30-2011, 04:59 AM
Even if you just make it available in PDF it would be great too
thank you

ScubaSteve
11-30-2011, 05:42 AM
Even if you just make it available in PDF it would be great too
thank you

I think ultimately that's what I'll do, maybe a podcast if people feel it necessary.

Veng68
11-30-2011, 05:49 AM
Sure........ sounds interesting.

Cheers,
Vic

wolf_bluejay
11-30-2011, 04:37 PM
Now this sounds interesting --- I know there are a few other techies on this site, but if you want some help with getting things online in a course format, I can help.
I'm a "Distance Learning Programmer" meaning I work in IT for a distance learning school and spend most of my time getting course materials online is a nice way.

I highly recommend Moodle for a course, it's easy and quick to get content into it with pics, video, etc. I "might" even be able to help out with hosting if needed :biggrin:

And just to be sure -- I'm not offering my services for pay, just for the fun of it (free) and to see a course like this developed.