Within the framework of the IHP programme UNESCO conducts a wide range of short, intensive and highly specialised courses which are aimed at upgrading and refreshing the knowledge and skills of technicians, scientists, engineers and mid-career professional.

Within the framework of the HOPE Initiative UNESCO organized a short course untitled “Introduction to Wastewater Treatment Modeling using a Free Software (STOAT) for the hands on” at the University of Stellenbosch, in South Africa, on 8-12 September 2014, as a follow-up to the “TVET in SADC Monitoring Progress and Revitalizing Actions” workshop.

The overall aim was to stimulate cooperation in research and development of Hydro Free and FOSS to increase scientific outputs, and to enhance their dissemination.
At the end, the short course objective was to introduce to STOAT functionalities and applications.

STOAT, developed by Water Research Centre (WRc), is a PC based computer modelling tool designed to dynamically (unsteady-state) simulate the performance of wastewater treatment works.

Short course content:

  • Introduction to water quality and Wastewater treatment;
  • Introduction to modeling, Models, fractioning, mass balance etc.;
  • General description of STOAT functionality;
  • Applications of STOAT modeling:Overview of using STOAT to build and run a model [Constructing a model, Sizing, Running, Outputs];
  • Exercise (hands on) – Activated sludge model.
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