Operational Technology for Waste Treatment

This lecture deals with the Operation and Automation in Process Industry with a focus on Waste Treatment Plants.

The lecture has been moved to Thursday from 9.45-13h in WS2021/22 and is held digitally though WebEx.

General Information


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Birk



Credit Points





If there is sufficient interest from students in the lecture, the lecture will be held digitally on Thursdays between 9.45-13h on the following dates

  • 4.11.2021
  • 2.12.2021  25.11.2021
  • 9.12.2021
  • 20.1.2022
  • 27.1.2022
  • 3.2.2022
  • 10.2.2022

For more information join the course on ILIAS.


For numerous practical applications especially for waste water treatment processes and incinerator plant processes following aspects will be teached

  • Major challenges and innovation drivers for Operational Technology (OT) (e.g. innovation rates by Industry 4.0 approaches, life cycles, complexity)
  • Fundamentals of structuring OT solutions
  • Basic automation principles (e.g. important add-ons to standard controllers, control loop pairing)
  • Advanced automation solutions (e.g. complexity reduction by alarm management, controller performance management, Human Machine Interface, diagnostic functions and Advanced Process Control)
  • Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) as a functional interface between different aspects of OT (production, quality, inventory, maintenance)
  • Engineering and maintenance process for OT solutions and innovative solutions to support plant maintenance.


  • Target audience: M.Sc. WASTE – Modules "Air Quality Control“ and "Waste Water“
  • Exam: Oral (30min)
  • Requirements: Modules “Measurements”, “Numerical Simulations” or “Modeling and Simulation of Processes”, Basics in Control Engineering


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