Development & Design


With more than 30 years of experience throughout the industrial wastewater, anaerobic digestion, and cleantech sectors, Azura delivers expert guidance on the development and design of new and expanding facilities. At Azura, your project development and design needs are addressed with an emphasis on Process—no matter how well your facility is constructed, or how nice it looks, we never forget it needs to work!

Whether you are in the beginning conceptual, feasibility, or Front-End Loading (FEL) stage through final design, construction, or start-up, our development, design, and design review services can reduce your risk.

Our project development and design expertise spans a range of undertakings from multi-year capital program plans valued at more than $25M to right-sized capital upgrades costing less than $100k. Our clients have found that combining Azura’s evidence-based approach with our deep process knowledge produces excellent results for them.

Building on our decades of experience, our project teams quickly understand the nuances of your process and your facility. Our focus on your process allows us to spot insights and develop solutions others may miss.

From our litigation support and expert witness work we have seen how some facilities can fail. We know that process situations on the edges of the design-space, including periodic events, seasonal situations, or slow-changing quality characteristics often need to drive the overall design to ensure you get a robust system. For example:

  • How often do your inputs change? Daily? Seasonally?
  • What happens during a daily clean-up or sanitation process?
  • Are there cyclic boil-outs or other aggressive cleaning operations to be managed?
  • What happens around annual maintenance shut-downs?
  • How do you manage a power failure or extreme weather event?
  • Can the process handle the additional loading from recycle streams?

Azura’s project development and facility design consulting services are built on Principal Engineer, David Ellis’ 29 years of “Getting His Boots Dirty” experience throughout the anaerobic digestion (AD), wastewater, and cleantech sectors. As a published author and expert involved in more than 300 projects on 4 continents, David is recognized as one of North America’s leading AD, wastewater, and cleantech practitioners.

Whether you are looking to evaluate a new opportunity, develop a new project, or design a modest upgrade to an existing facility, we can help.


“When we engaged Azura we were having to curtail production due to wastewater issues and were looking at significant capital costs to improve discharge compliance. Dave and his team were able to come in quickly and really understand our processes and issues. Using their data-based approach Azura suggested alternate wastewater compliance approaches that we had not thought of. Ultimately, Azura developed a process-savvy solution that we were able to implement at almost no capital cost. I really enjoy knowing that I can pick up the phone at anytime and call Dave to discuss an issue, and he will always be there to help. Dave takes pride in his professional approach to solving issues at the plant. We have continued to use his services beyond the scope of the first project.”

– Greg Z., Process Engineer, Chemical Manufacturing Facility

Azura was instrumental in helping resolve a nagging sewer bylaw compliance issue. We’re a food processor and having Dave in our corner when it came to understanding BOD, TSS, and FOG, combined with their data-driven approach to pH control, really helped us in our dealings with the municipality. Azura understands that a true comprehensive solution to a technical problem also includes clear guidance on complying with regulatory authorities.”

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