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The DEFINE Phase Training took place in Tbilisi, Georgia between 23rd and 26th of October and it was hosted by the Georgian Partner of CISWastewater– the International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis, represented by Mrs. Elene CHKHEIDZE.

One of the purposes of the CISWastewater Project is to train capable managers, in terms of learning key-elements of implementing a continuous improvement strategy. This initiative was concretized by developing the first manual following the DMAIC methodology – DEFINE Manual. It develops a series of elements which require WWTF managers' attention, for being able to improve the treatment processes of the municipal and industrial wastewater, in order to reduce the Black Sea high degree of pollution. The DEFINE Phase's objective is to select a well-bounded CI project and define the best strategy to deploy and achieve it. The DEFINE Manual highlights the problems needing to be solved through the project development, helps the managers to identify the customers' needs, describes the preliminary problem for improvement and sets the project's goal. DEFINE Manual intended to break the language barrier, being translated in Romanian, Armenian, Greek, Bulgarian and Georgian languages, to ensure a better implementation of the displayed principles and a correct dissemination of the information provided in different work environments.

 

Representatives of every partner institution attended the DEFINE Phase training, starting with the Beneficiary - COMOTI Romanian R&D Institute for Gas Turbines - Eng. Cristina SILIVESTRU – Project Manager, Dipl. Eng. Dan IFRIM – Environmental Protection Dpt. Head, Ph.D. Eng. Diana Lacramioara ROBESCU – Environmental Protection Engineer, Exp. Ancuta – Maria GUGU – Research Coordinator, and the Partners - SC RAJA SA Constanta – Ph.D. Eng. Aurel PRESURA – Deputy General Manager, Rodica MIHAI – Local Project Coordinator, Iuliana BUGU – Local Financial Coordinator, Black Sea Centre of Excellence Bulgaria - Neli GOSPODINOVA – BSCE Project Manager, Makruchi GYULIYAN – Research Coordinator, European Regional Framework for Co-operation Greece - Eng. Theodoros PATSOULES, International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis from Georgia - Mrs. Elene CHKHEIDZE – Executive Director, Yerevan State University of Armenia - Dipl. Eng. Gurgen ALEKSANYAN – Local Project Manager, Ph.D. Gor ALEKSANYAN – Financial Manager, and the State University of Moldova - Ph.D. Maria GONTA – Head of Dpt. of Industrial and Ecological Chemistry, Local Project Manager, Dipl. Eng. Anjela LIS – Research Coordinator.

 

 

The three training days followed the DEFINE Manual structure and focused on providing useful knowledge to the managers, who gained specific and adapted skills on implementing a Continuous Improvement Strategy in the wastewater sector. After being acquainted with the DEFINE phase's principles and stages, the trained specialists are capable to identify an adequate strategy of improving the treatment processes, and also to prepare its future implementation, by adapting the learned key-aspects to the WWTF's specificity.

 

A common dialogue between all project partners was spontaneously and naturally created and it helped them discover the frequently encountered difficulties in their implementation activity and also find appropriate solutions. The training for DEFINE Phase, besides its main purpose of learning new concepts, helped the working team to consolidate their dialogue and strengthen their work relationship.

 

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The MEASURE and ANALYZE Phases were disseminated by the CISWastewater project partners in Dobrich, between 23rd and 28th of April, 2015. The training session was hosted by the Black Sea Centre of Excellence’s Chairman – Mrs. Nellie Gospodinova.

 

The training session hosted representatives of the Research & Development Institute for Gas Turbines COMOTI - Eng. Cristina SILIVESTRU – Project Manager, Eng. Dan IFRIM – Environmental Protection Engineer, Prof. Ph.D. Dan ROBESCU – Environmental Expert, Ph.D. Eng. Diana Lacramioara ROBESCU – Environmental Protection Engineer, Exp. Ancuta – Maria CIRSTEA – Research Coordinator, SC RAJA SA Constanta – Ph.D. Eng. Aurel PRESURA – Deputy General Manager, Rodica MIHAI – Local Project Coordinator, Eng. Angela PANA – Environmental Engineer, Black Sea Centre of Excellence Bulgaria - Neli GOSPODINOVA – BSCE Project Manager, Makruchi GYULIYAN – Research Coordinator, Dimitrina GAMOLOVA – WWTP Chief ViK Dobrich, European Regional Framework for Co-operation Greece - Eng. Theodoros PATSOULES – Local Project Coordinator, Yerevan State University of Armenia - Eng. Gurgen ALEKSANYAN – Local Project Manager, Ph.D. Gor ALEKSANYAN – Financial Manager and from the State University of Moldova - Ph.D. Maria GONTA – Head of Dpt. of Industrial and Ecological Chemistry, Local Project Manager, Dipl. Eng. Angela LIS – Research Coordinator. Pursuing the DMAIC methodological cycle, after completing the acknowledgement of the project’s scope, objectives, CIS work team and potential risks, managers continue their improvement strategy by initiating a research to determine the performance of the current process and concentrate their efforts to identify the root causes of the problems to be eliminated. In CIS terminology, these two initiatives are identified as Measure and Analyze phases, coming after Define phase and preceding Improve and Control phases. Measure phase prepares the process for change, by monitoring its actual performance and variation points and the Analyze phase examines the data using specific tools, in order to identify all the possible sources of variation that contribute to the key characteristics selected in the Define phase.

Measure and Analyze Manual provides both theoretical and practical aspects necessary for a WWTF manager to gain the capability to collect data, determine the baseline of the process and utilize the proper instruments to validate the root causes of the problems. The manager will gain, after assimilating the concepts presented in the ”Measure and Analyze Manual”, the adequate framework to make improvements in the treatment process and also in the managerial aspects of the wastewater treatment facility.

The training session continued the previous process from Tbilisi, Georgia, in Dobrich, Bulgaria, where the 18 participants were introduced into the basic principles of continuous improvement strategies. After being familiar with the theoretical basis of the main concepts of DMAIC methodology and with practical instruments utilized by CIS practitioners, the participants were trained and accustomed with basic statistics concepts and tools, in order to utilize the gained skills in making improvements in the wastewater treatment facilities on the Black Sea coastal states.

The four days of training were adapted to the „Measure and Analyze Manual” structure and combined theoretical concepts with statistical software practice, in the common purpose of gaining the capability to put together data coming from the wastewater treatment sector and make improvements.

Dobrich training session gave all the project partners the opportunity to work and operate together with the statistical principles and instruments promoted by the Measure and Analyze Manual. The training session functioned as a common cooperation and debate platform, in order to put together ideas and useful knowledge for the wastewater treatment facilities managers who will implement continuous improvement strategies.

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