A few weeks ago, Montreal experienced the longest cold wave of the past decade. The mercury dropped below -25C /-13F every day for a week. With the wind chill factor the temperatures plummeted down to -37C /-35F!
It was quite a test of willpower for the City of Montreal’s installation of electronic noses at their composting facility. The system also recently breezed thru the largest snow storm ever recorded in Montreal during the Christmas holidays.
Thankfully the serious amount of shovelling required helped burn off some of the much needed calories from countless turkey dinners!
What stands out here is that Odotech has spent years to develop an extremely rugged and robust solution suitable to all climates.
The system's technology consists of electronic noses containing heating and cooling technologies that provide accurate measurements in all climates. We have patented and patent pending solutions enabling high quality results in a broad spectrum of humidity and temperature conditions.
With over 90 installations in all ranges of climates over the past 12 years, the electronic noses can survive all conditions: from the extreme Canadian cold, to desert heat waves in Nevada and Arizona hitting more than 54C/130F. We also have fail-safe systems running in the extremely corrosive Atacama Desert in Chile alongside the Pacific Ocean, for the past 4 years. The salt, sand and acid industrial emissions create very aggressive environmental conditions and the electronic noses persevered through it all.
We arre also proud that in 2011, our electronic noses at the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia Beach, survived Hurricane Irene without even a blink.
Snow, cold, heat, dust, salt water, humidity...
Humidity and temperature fluctuations are the worst enemies for the Metal Oxide Semi-Conductor Sensors. Our references in the UK and French Brittany are regularly exposed to fog and mist with 100% humidity and have had trouble-free systems for years. The fact is that we finely control the two interfering variables to manage the full-force that Mother Nature hits us with. No matter what weather curveball is thrown, the lab conditions are always consistent inside our electronic noses.
We are proud to offer proven solutions that provide reliable monitoring for all potential climate conditions.
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February 18, 2013 - Montréal, Canada – Odotech Inc. (www.odotech.com), a smart odor tracking and monitoring company, announced today that Mr. Raymond Porter has been appointed to the position of Knowledge Leader. He brings extraordinary expertise in the field of environmental odor to help guide and accelerate the company’s success in the odor management market.
||“With its game-changing electronic nose, Odotech has set a new standard in odor management solutions. OdoWatch - a dynamic odor monitoring and forecasting solution, solves long-standing problems that have plagued plant operators,” says Ray Porter.
“Joining Odotech is an incredible opportunity for me to use my knowledge to reach new heights in solutions to odor problems, while offering massive cost savings for clients,” he adds.
Ray Porter brings more than 30 years of technical knowledge and experience to a diverse team of people committed to developing odor management solutions with the goal of improving the quality of life while optimizing the limited resources. Ray has served as a national technical resource for odor impact assessments and odor control projects. He has directed studies of odor emissions from wastewater treatment plants, compost facilities and solid waste management facilities. Ray has directed comprehensive air quality modeling analyses for power plants, petrochemical facilities and industrial plants to demonstrate compliance with applicable regulatory standards and limits. He has directed air sampling and ambient air monitoring studies for several clients. Ray has contributed to technical manuals of practice that address odor emissions and air quality compliance at wastewater treatment plants, he has also authored numerous papers and technical reports on odor assessment and control, as well as in other fields of expertise.
As an internationally well respected expert in the field of Odors, he was Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Air Quality and Odor Control Committee. He is currently a member of several professional association committees. “The best part of involvement, for me, is really just being able to share my knowledge with other professionals. Not only teaching the skills and science of odor control and compliance, but also collaborating with other professionals from across North America and around the world,” said Porter.
Ray’s career has been spent at well-respected international consulting firms (CH2M HILL, WESTON Solutions, AECOM, CDM). He holds a Master of Science Environmental Engineering — Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science, Meteorology—University of Lowell (University of Massachusetts – Lowell).
In this new position for Odotech, Ray will work with several teams providing knowledge, support and advice to various team members. Ray will have an active external role to engage dialog, promote and advocate for odor management solutions with customers and various stakeholders, in order to accelerate market penetration and technology adoption.
“We are thrilled to have Ray join our team, “says Thierry Pagé, Odotech CEO. “His expertise will help us better understand the needs of the industries we service. His technical knowledge will help us throughout the world by providing additional value to our clients and partners.”
About Odotech Inc.
ODOTECH is a leading provider of real-time smart odor management solutions for odor-emitting process industries. Founded in 1998, the company pioneered OdoWatch® electronic nose for continuous odor monitoring, enabling organizations for the first time to See, Track and Control odors before they create a problem in the neighborhood. With over 500 customers throughout the world ODOTECH has established a global presence and continues to lead the way in the real-time odor management solutions market.
Movember is all about bringing back the moustache, having fun and doing it for a serious cause; men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health. Mo Bros commit to growing a moustache for the 30 days of Movember, and in doing so become walking and talking billboards for the cause. The moustache is the symbol that generates conversations, awareness and raises funds for men's health.
Led by a few passionate Odo Mo Bros & Odo Mo Sistas at Odotech's office in Montreal, Odotech has comitted to donate $2 per day for every OdoMoBro employee that keeps his moustache.
Using http://ca.Movember.com, Odotech employees are able to login, upload photos, track the amazing progress of their OdoMoBro colleagues and leave messages of support & encouragement.
Support our OdoStache Team for Movember http://ca.movember.com/team/721097
Where their is odor, there is blame. And its usually municipal and industrial sites that get the blame. Most people never consider that naturally occurring odors could be the real source.
In fact, at Odotech, we used our odor measurement methods in private studies to show that the odor generated by some swamps was very easily confused with the odor from a nearby landfill site.
Swamp gas is produced by the fermentation of organic matter. The spontaneous ignition of this gas causes will-'o-the-wisp, which has given rise to many medieval legends. This swamp gas is a natural biogas consisting of methane and VOC, H2S, and various strong-smelling organic compounds, just like the biogas produced in landfill sites and methanization units. The tests showed that from a typical dilution level representative of the odor exposure to local residents, most people found it impossible to tell the difference between the swamp odor and the landfill odor.
Another example comes from urban areas where the residents are bothered by unpleasant odors like rancid butter or vomit. This odor comes from a beautiful tree: the Maidenhair tree, or ginkgo biloba. These trees have no seeds, but the male specimens have cylindrical catkins, and the female trees have ovules, containing butanoic acid. This chemical substance is the source of the nasty odor.
Another source of odor are the edges of bodies of water, that given the right conditions, are sometimes a source of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) odors. The proliferation of algae that can accumulate in stagnant water and then decompose anaerobically generates H2S emissions smelling like a sewer. In larger bodies of water, the tide can bring in organic materials and algae, which build up on the shore, causing major odors when they decompose.
As a factory or plant manager, you are no doubt conscientious about limiting the release of odors into your local environment. But it can be hard to tell how much of the problem is due to industrial or municipal odors, and how much comes from natural odors that are beyond your control.
The OdoWatch odor monitoring and tracking solution will let you determine the incremental impact of the odors caused by specific activities. With Electronic Noses (e-noses) positioned near the odor sources, combined with real-time 3D odor monitoring, you can tell your odor contribution apart from the general background smells.
This can bring significant savings in operating costs as well as reducing complaints and fines. Using OdoWatch's objective data to show the community, the authorities, and your neighbors the limited extent of your contribution to the odor environment, will be a benefit to your plan and put everyone under less pressure.
Composting sites could generate odour nuisances in the environment if not operated optimally in terms of odour. The implementation of a continuous odour monitoring system, OdoWatch, based on e-nose technology allows operators to better understand how and when odour incidents occur and what actions can be taken to reduce emissions.
A continuous odour monitoring system, fitted with 5 e-noses, a weather station and an odour dispersion modelling software, was set up at one of the largest composting sites in Europe. Although several sources were identified from the beginning as being likely to generate odour nuisances, monitoring enabled the identification of the 0-3 week fermentation source as being responsible for 87% of the nuisances generated.
The operator’s efforts reduced odour nuisances which had increased by more than 40% over a 6-month period and by nearly 75% after 2 years. The nuisance level in inhabited areas was, to start with, relatively low, but was greatly reduced by the operator's diligence, using measurements made by the OdoWatch system in real time, and by continuous improvement of the techniques used.
If you are in the Sacramento, California area May 22-25, be sure to visit the WEF Residuals & Biosolids Conference & Expo at the Sacramento Convention Center. This year’s conference will focus on local and national perspectives on sustainable biosolids management technologies and programs that instill these new policies.
One of the sustainable technologies that will be presented is OdoWatch - the world's first real-time, continuous odor monitoring tool that helps leading-edge waste operators prevent and manage odors from their facilities.
Learn more about OdoWatch at the Kruger booth #212. See how it can save you time & money preventing and resolving odor complaints quickly and accurately. OdoWatch can demonstrate odor performance to show compliance with local air regulations.
Kruger also has state-of-the-art technologies that optimize energy consumption and streamline the solids handling process at wastewater treatment plants. See and hear what's new at Kruger!
Register on-line for the WEF Residuals & Biosolids show at:
What if you never had to pay for an odor study again? What if you could diagnose odor problems in minutes instead of hours or days? How much could you save? Find out at the upcoming FWRC event!
The OdoWatch real-time odor monitoring system will be on display at the Florida Water Resources Conference next week, May 1 - 4 in Kissimmee, Florida. Visit us at the Kruger Booth (in the MTS Environmental aisle, booths 224 - 230) to see a demonstration of the OdoWatch eNose technology and learn how your wastewater treatment facility can benefit from the most advanced technology in the world to measure and manage odors.
Find out more about how to register for the conference at: http://www.fwrc.org/
OdoWatch is the only technology that measures odors the way humans experience them, in D/T or odor units. Together with the real-time dispersion model created from actual on-site weather data and the emissions from odor sources, OdoWatch shows you current, color-coded plumes where odor concentrations may be a nuisance. No other technology provides such accurate, timely information on odors.
You can also find information on OdoSulf, the newest H2S monitoring technology that can combine with OdoWatch or stand on its own to provide real-time plumes of hydrogen sulfide impact.
Contact Sharon Paterson, Kruger Product Manager for OdoWatch at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a demonstration or to obtain detailed information on this "best available" technology in advance of the conference. See you at the event!