In thinking about the seminar, I started to reflect on the fact that there are a lot of good wastewater process simulators on the market right now, 4 of which I'll talk about in this blog. Before I get to them though, I have to comment on the fact that there are so many simulators in what is a pretty niche market. If I think back to spreadsheets in the 1980s' there were several on the market - Lotus 123, Excel and Quattro Pro (the last being my fave for some time), but today the market is dominated by Excel alone (OK, there are a few diehards using OpenOffice, Numbers on the Mac or Google Sheets for simple collaborative tasks). So how come there are so many good wastewater process simulators on the market right now? I'd like to suggest a few possible reasons:
- Wastewater treatment is complex (and fascinating!) and so we need models to help us figure it out.
- Wastewater modeling has strong "champions" who have really driven the ideas and industry in a positive direction. In another blog I might list out several of these individuals, but from my own personal experience and because he's turning 60 soon I'll just mention Imre Takacs here. Super nice fella with a real passion for modeling, including his latest venture with SUMO.
- Wastewater modeling is cool. Let's face it, producing diurnal graphs and "playing" with a virtual plant is way cool. That's why I like it, right?