This paper presents the basic description and the first full-scale implementation of a new kind of simulator specially designed to facilitate and improve the management and operation of modern wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). This new kind of simulator for plant operation is specifically adapted to every WWTP and the software is developed considering the common needs of the operators in plant exploitation.
The internal structure of the plant operation simulator is based on a complete connection between the real data and the mathematical model of the plant. The software is then able to perform the processing, storage and management of the plant data and to predict the evolution of the process reading the required inputs from its stored files. The results obtained with the first application recommend the implementation of this new kind of simulators for plant operation in other treatment plants. However, it is important to note that the application of this technology implies a systematic and rigorous methodology in the acquisition and processing of the most significant plant data.