Engineer’s View – Is There a Knowledge Gap in The Water Industry?

By Mike Henley

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Brad Buecker has been both an enduser and technical specialist during his career in water treatment that began in 1981. He believes this unique mix aids his work as a process specialist with Kiewit Engineering and Design Co. in gaining direct expertise with many of the technologies that are used in power and industrial plants.

“My 20 years of industry experience have been invaluable. I also studied plant operations outside of chemistry and water treatment processes, which has helped me understand plant functions as a whole,” he said as part of a recent interview with Ultrapure.

Mr. Buecker began his career with City Water, Light & Power in Springfield, IL. In that job and the ones since, Mr. Buecker’s responsibilities have been tied to water treatment, steam generation chemistry, air pollution control, and results engineering. His enduser experience also includes time with a chemical processing firm and Kansas City Power & Light Co. He joined Kiewit in 2010.

Kiewit is a construction and engineering firm with offices in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Company markets include water/wastewater; power; oil, gas and chemicals; transportation; mining; and building.

During his career, Mr. Buecker has been a prolific author of technical articles and three books. His first book was Power Plant Water Chemistry—A Practical Guide in 1997. That was followed by Fundamentals of Steam Generation Chemistry in 2000, and Basics of Boiler and HRSG Design in 2002. All were published by PennWell Co.

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