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A day in the life of Bardia Solati

A day in the life of Bardia Solati

Senior Engineer Sewerage System Optimisation, Hobart.

 

Keeping all of the 22 waste water treatment plants on the North-West of Tasmania operating correctly takes a keen eye for detail.

Bardia joined the TasWater team six and a half years ago with a Batchelor of arts in Civil Engineering along with masters in Environmental Engineering.  Based in Devonport and Launceston, Bardia began his career at TasWater as a Graduate Process Engineer.   A year later he progressed into the role of Asset Planning Engineer.

Roll forward five years and Bardia is now a Senior Engineer of Sewerage System Optimisation based in Hobart and dabbles in professional Australian Futsal in his spare time, safe to say he is a busy man.

Bardia reviews the performance of all 22 North-West wastewater treatment plants, ensuring that they are working effectively and efficiently improving effluent discharge into the environment.  Five of these are large wastewater treatment plants followed by another three which are high risk wastewater treatment plants due to the sensitivity of their receiving environment.

Everyday TasWater deals with 137 million litres of sewage through more than 4700km of sewer mains.

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A typical day starts with planning for the day or week ahead by structuring his workload. Bardia uses a program called PI Historian,which supports him to monitor Operational Control Points at the wastewater treatment plants.  If the Operational Control Points are not in range or displaying a performance issue Bardia will conduct a root cause analysis and discuss with operators the quickest and safest way to resolve any issues.

Bardia carries out extensive process assessments, which means he analyses domestic and trade waste loading on the plants along with the performance and capacity of each process unit within the plant.  Bardia then outlines an improvement action plan listing the operational changes and capital upgrades required for improving the plant performance and effluent quality.

“I am highly involved with providing and overseeing the delivery of a series of improvement action plans for sewerage systems to meet regulatory requirements and customer expectations, including operational, control, maintenance and capital,’’ Bardia said

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From 2018-2021, TasWater is planning to spend a further $117 million on upgrading sewage treatment plants.

The department initiates capital projects and recommends upgrade work to be completed. A scoping document and concept drawings are created, and a business case is put forward for work to be requested.

In addition to this, a lot of Bardia’s time is spent overseeing design, commissioning, sampling, carrying out site visits and providing technical support to the plant operators.

This role provides plenty of job satisfaction, knowing that you are at the forefront of improving sewerage infrastructure and ensuring it is capable of meeting future demand.