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SAWS partners with UTSA Engineering to find cost-effective sewer management solutions

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(Nov. 4, 2013) -- Beginning this fall, UTSA civil and environmental engineering professor and Water Institute of Texas (WIT) researcher Marcio Giacomoni will embark on a two-year pilot project to partner with San Antonio Water System (SAWS) in identifying reliable and cost effective solutions to reduce the occurrence of capacity-related sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) in San Antonio.

An SSO is an unpermitted discharge of untreated sewage into the environment from the sewer collection system before reaching the wastewater treatment plant.

UTSA's study will use computer modeling to understand the behaviors of one area of San Antonio's sewer system experiencing overflows because of capacity constraints during heavy rains.

Giacomoni will use simulation and optimization algorithms to develop a model to duplicate the sewer system in this area.

"The benefit of using optimization modeling is that it allows us to find new and better solutions based on a mathematical approach rather than engineering design from empirical analysis," said Giacomoni. "We hope this partnership will help create a culture of using optimization as an industry standard with SAWS leading the way."

UTSA's two-year project will include three workshops for SAWS employees in their optimization model. At the end of the project, SAWS will determine the feasibility of the approach for the city's entire 5,000-mile system.

"SAWS is a national leader in the industry for its novel conservation efforts and proactive water management planning," said Tom Papagiannakis, interim WIT director. "We are pleased to be able to contribute our top-tier research capabilities to support this dynamic community partner."

WIT was formed in 2012 to promote collaboration between nearly three dozen UTSA researchers who are studying water-related issues. Scholars in the institute provide data, information, and technology and policy solutions to decision makers and companies developing short- and long-term water sustainability strategies.

In 2009, UTSA, SAWS, CPS Energy and the Southwest Research Institute partnered to form the Energy Research Alliance of San Antonio and since then have collaborated together to define and implement new and alternative strategies for the development of energy technology.

>> Learn more at the UTSA College of Engineering and the Water Institute of Texas websites.

Since 1992, San Antonio Water System has been a leader in innovative water management strategies, making San Antonio water's most resourceful city. Water and wastewater services are provided to more than one million consumers in the San Antonio region. For more information, visit the San Antonio Water System website.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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