New Competitor Leads New Team

December 5, 2014

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From the left, Jason Scoble, Brian Carlson, and DJ McBride members of the Nevada Water Environment Association Dumplings team compete during the Operations Challenge 2014 Laboratory Event. Photo courtesy of Kieffer Photography.

From the left, Jason Scoble, Brian Carlson, and DJ McBride members of the Nevada Water Environment Association Dumplings team compete during the Operations Challenge 2014 Laboratory Event. Photo courtesy of Kieffer Photography.

For the first time in many years, the Nevada Water Environment Association sent a team to compete last year at WEFTEC® 2013. Each member of that team went home and started his or her own Operations Challenge team. Brian Carlson went home to the City of Henderson, Nev., and formed the Dumplings.

“This team worked out really well. We bonded,” Carlson said. “We work really well together, [and are] supportive of each other.”

Carlson’s captain title is only a formality, he said. Each team member captains an event. This enables the team to capitalize on each member’s strengths.

Competing last year taught Carlson that he needed committed and driven teammates who were continually improving their performance. “What we started to emphasize when we were putting the team together is the … commitment level that’s required,” he said. “I’ve always asked people to have a good attitude and try and do better than you did the last time.”

Carlson’s teammates hold operator certifications. Nevada does not require certifications; holding these credentials shows these individuals are committed to professional development and studying to pass certification exams, he said.

— Jennifer Fulcher, WEF Highlights

Operations Challenge 2014 Featured in WEF Highlights and WE&T

During Operations Challenge 2014, Terminal Velocity made history by placing first in Division 1 for the fifth consecutive year. Team HRSD joined Terminal Velocity at the top by securing first in Division 2. Both are Virginia Water Environment Association teams.

While teams and competitors often receive coverage in the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va) publications, many volunteers help host the annual competition that takes place during WEFTEC. During the month, WEF Highlights will feature the following series of articles offering unique perspectives of Operations Challenge:

And read Operations Challenge 2014 coverage in WEF’s magazine, WE&T, which includes articles on the Division 1 and 2 winners, perspectives from a Laboratory Event judge and a training event held for the team from Argentina, as well as steps and results of all the events.

Operations Challenge 2014 Division 1 Results

Place Team Member Association Final Score
1 Terminal Velocity Virginia WEA 459.16
2 TRA CReWSers WEA of Texas 444.54
3 Commode Commandos Rocky Mountain WEA 377.33

Operations Challenge 2014 Division 2 Results

Place Team Member Association Final Score
1 Team HRSD Virginia WEA 455.36
2 Dumplings Nevada WEA 449.21
3 River Rangers Pacific Northwest CWA 444.09

 

 

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