Schalk van Heerden

My vision for the future

I support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

We must solve the most critical issues of our time within this generation. Doing anything else is a distraction.

About me

My formal background is in Chemical Engineering (North-West University) and Control Engineering (University of Pretoria). I have worked with multi-discipline teams in the power generation industry, designing water treatment plants and water & wastewater treatment plants. The first half of my career was dedicated to these design activities.The "cloud" has always fascinated me to increase your design tools' reach and scale your marketing potential. Thus, the second half of my career has gone into the detailed software engineering design for IoT alarm systems.For the next career phase, I dedicate myself to combining all these disciplines to solve specific automation and design problems in the water and renewable energy sector.We need to create a net zero energy world. The consequence of inaction is dust.

Building a path towards sustainability

IoT Integration and Cloud Deployment

Process Design

Water Treatment

My high-level plan is contributing towards three of the SDG Clean Water and Sanitation targets.Target 6.1 Safe and affordable drinking waterTarget 6.7 Expand water and sanitation support to developing countriesTarget 6.8 Support local engagement in water and sanitation management

Latest projects

Pure Water Studio / PFD.IO

The next generation of process engineering tools will require the following features:

  • An adaptive water treatment science calculation engine

  • Collaborative team design

  • Cloud storage

  • Open access to all stakeholders

  • P&ID visualisation

  • PFD visualisation

  • Isometrics visualisation

  • Bill of materials

  • Live equipment pricing

Following my progress as the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) for Pure Water Studio takes shape.

Net Zero Home Control

This project deals with best practices to optimise your home energy consumption. Contact me to learn more.

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