First test for the 1. DWA International University Challenge in 2016 successful

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Water Berlin 28. March 2015

For the first time DWA organized a game for students.  The skills competition for technicians was etablished 2010. Now we want to establish a University Challenge. With this first test it’s proofed that such a game is possible and that the students like it. Together with DHI the serious game provider we asked the 10 teams (three each) to plan a region. One game used the DWA cards showing different environmental infrastructures, the serious game simulates the water infrastructure. I three hours the winner where choosen and the game was over.
The next game will be in China, than in India and the 1. DWA International University Challenge will be held during IFAT 2016 in Munich.
If you are a Masterstudent join in with a team.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

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German History – 60 years DWA involvement in water training

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Last year I was asked to write a study for GIZ/BMZ. They wanted to know how the German System in water training is working and how it was developed.
I started to read old files, looked into our statistic and found out that the first DWA working group started 1954. In 1984 – 30 years ago the first water occupation was published. It took 12 years before this occupation was installed. Today we are proud that this was created by our former leaders.

This slide shows the construction of wastewater treatment plants in Germany and the long way to qualify the needed staff.
For many countries this way just started. Germany has many experiences in this field.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

The Magnetic Traing Box – how that idea started in 2010

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Achim Höcherl - founder of this new training box


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Achim Höcherl - the founder of the magnatic training box wastewater technology

In summer 2010 I visited the wastewater treatment plant in Bonn-Duisdorf. I was planning an internal training for my staff. I met Achim, the senior wastewater master technician, the creative and engaged boss of that plant. We discussed the training in detail and he showed me his training room. He is the person incharge of the new and young wastewater technician of the city.

On his flipchart I shaw some funny magnetic ficures made out of wood. I asked him about this magnatic peaces. He told me that he is using that for training and to show different flow diagrams to his youngsters. I liked that idea and I told him we should make that better. So we did.

Now 5 years later, DWA has now 6 magnetic training boxes for the water sector and some more to come. Achim won a priece, opened a small part time company and developed couple of new boxes. Some of them are translated in various languages. Pleanty of them where sold, national and international and even now used in the official oral government tests and in the skills competition during IFAT Muenchen.

To grap these cards, read the basics text and place it to the right place in the flow chart stimulates the brain and keeps the facts in the memory. I works everywhere in the world. I love that methode and I use these boxes very often. Use all senses for learning!

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Traing of Trainers (ToT) in Bangladesh

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Curricular development in Bangladesh

Last October I trained again a group of engineers in Dhaka to become better trainers in the wastewater sector of the textil industry. GIZ hired me again to improve the local trainer capability in training. We developed a basic ETP Operator (Effluent Treatment Plants from textil industry) training with duration of 60 hours. 3 days training is too short to teach and excercise all needed information but often it is a start in rethinking the own teaching style. This lady is an owner of an own consultancy in Dhaka, quite experienced in moderation and training skills. We enjoyed the discussion and the intercultural exchange of experiences.
I teached more than 100 people in 5 counties (Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, India and Bangladesh) during the last 3 years. I do like that work. It is exciting and makes fun and I always learn a lot – the participants always likes it.
Powerpoint is spoiling communication and teaching, I try to push that down and to empower new (old) methods. When it comes to worker training, reduce powerpoint to a minimum.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

The Profile of the German Water Sector – Supply and Wastewater

profile-german-water19 years ago the John Briscoe from the Worldbank visited Germany  and wrote “The German water and sewerage sector: How well it works and what this means for developing countries,” Technical Paper of the Water and Sanitation Division, World Bank, 1995.

He found out, that the German Water Sector works well but is too expensice for the rest of the world. He travelled Germany and collected data from various scources. The GermanWater Sector was not prepared to the data ready and to provide an overview.

Few years later the German Ministry of Economy asked also for some data for the Water Sector. Benchmarking came up and to avoid further discussions with the goernment the “Profile of the German Water Sector” was born. Every 3-4 years the data are collected, translated and published. The next profile will come out end of March 2015.

The profile will show the main figures of the german water sector. You can download it from http://www.DWA.de. An english version will be available. It gives you a good overview about the latest figures and data. E.g. about 6000 Water Supply Utilities and 6500 Wastewater Utilities are serving the 80 Mio. population in Germany. All existing benchmarking projects are mentioned. Statistik, data and customer satisfaction.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht