A Day to Learn

Education Day at the Pumper & Cleaner Expo delivers an array of knowledge-building programs for municipal infrastructure professionals

Education Day at the 2012 Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo moves to Monday (Feb. 27) with a full lineup of seminars given by representatives from the industry’s leading trade association.

You can learn about new tools, technologies and methods for solving specific problems, fine-tune your knowledge of basic in-the-field practices, and learn leadership practices that can help transform your department. Here is a list of seminars of special interest to pipe cleaning, inspection and repair professionals and industrial cleaning contractors.

The Expo runs Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. For a complete list of Education Day and other seminars and other information about the Expo, visit www.pumpershow.com. The early registration price through Jan. 20 is $50, a savings of $20.


Southern Sections Collection Systems Committee

8 to 9 a.m.: Mark Hill, Rust into Gold

Communities that installed corrugated metal pipe (CMP) storm drain systems need expertise to evaluate and renew failing assets. This presentation tells how to overcome the hazards of cleaning and inspecting deteriorated CMP pipes, how to assess their condition, and how to repair and rehabilitate them.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Denis Pollak, Maintaining Collection System Easements

Sewers in easements off roadways make upkeep challenging, and so these assets are often overlooked, possibly leading to sewer overflows. This course covers easements from design to construction and explores how to access and service sewers in these areas.

11 a.m. to noon: Duane Johnson, Sanitary Sewer Overflows

This presentation will help you prepare for sewer overflows and respond effectively. The content will cover the decision-making process, the proper use of equipment, the most efficient ways to relieve blockages, and how to develop an emergency response plan.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Jim Aanderud, Finding Success and Growth in Pipeline Cleaning

This class will examine why cleaning companies succeed or fail. It will list steps to take to ensure steady and long-term growth, point out opportunities for expansion into alternative markets, and look at ways to take a secure position as an elite company.

3 to 4 p.m.: Rick Lewis, Evaluating and Optimizing the Efficiency of a Combination Truck

As budgets tighten up, more agencies and contractors are being forced to keep their combination units longer. This class looks at how to evaluate trucks objectively and take steps to extend their lives. Content covers maintenance issues, proper operating practices, and the process of buying a new combination unit.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Duane Johnson, CCTV Inspection Essentials

Technology is advancing in the CCTV industry. This course covers topics designed to enhance the skills of veteran technicians while helping newer operators become more proficient. It covers standard inspections, how to exceed expectations, and tools to help operators and companies meet increasing challenges in the pipeline assessment industry.


WaterJet Technology Association (WJTA)

8 to 9 a.m.: Gary Toothe, Accessorizing Your Vacuum Unit

Selecting the right hoses and nozzles for your vacuum truck will not only make it look good. It will promote safety and save time and fuel. Toothe will discuss how to increase safety and efficiency by understanding how various hoses and nozzles affect airflow and the suspension of materials in the airstream.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Gary Toothe, Good Craftsmen Have Heavy Toolboxes

The proper usage of tips is critical to performing a quality waterblast job in an efficient manner. This course explores the variety of tips on the market, from automated tips to the most basic shotgun tips, and where each has its place in a well-stocked toolbox.

11 a.m. to noon: Bill Shires, Waterjet Technology: Applications and Equipment

The high-pressure waterblast industry has infinite applications. This presentation focuses on the wide range of equipment available for surface preparation; sewer jetting; and pipe, tube, vessel and tank cleaning.


Northwest Michigan Onsite Wastewater Task Force

8 to 9 a.m.: Social Media – Friend or Foe

You have in your pocket an indispensable tool — a wireless phone or even a smartphone. But are you really using it to its full potential? Does the world of social media seem too nerdy to even consider? This session will teach you how to tweet effectively, make Facebook your true friend, and more.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Social Media – Taking it to the Web, Infinity and Beyond!

Do you need to be a graphics wizard to have a cool website? No, but a few basic design rules and a simple free Web service like Wordpress.com can help you get a website up and running in very little time. This session looks at how COLE Publishing organizes its Web content and how a city agency can incorporate the social media tools reviewed in the previous session.


National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO)

8 to 9 a.m.: Jim Shelton, Sewer Ops and CMOM

This presentation explains the role operations plays in developing a CMOM plan, including what to expect when the consultant asks questions, and how to respond and interact effectively. It tells how one utility used the CMOM process to rethink its operations and reinvent itself as a more focused, better-equipped, better-trained team with much higher productivity.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Developments in Water Main Linings

Water main linings have significantly improved. Cured-in-place pipe processes dominate the market with capabilities to address working pressures, drinking water certifications and sealing/reinstating of service line connections without excavation. This class explores current and emerging technologies for renewing waterlines.

11 a.m. to noon: Culvert Rehabilitation – Have it Your Way

This presentation covers the various methods of culvert rehabilitation available to municipalities and highway departments. Methods include invert repair, cement mortar lining, sliplining, CIPP, and spiral-wound pipe installation.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Manhole Lining – The Secret to a Successful Installation

This session reviews the importance of confined-space safety, proper surface preparation and application techniques, and inspection protocols for manhole lining projects. It focuses on five industrial lining projects as examples to illustrate the importance of each component of the installation process.

3 to 4 p.m.: Inspection of Pipelines Under Full-Flow Conditions

This class reviews high-resolution color and fast-scanning sonar inspection technology. The sonar unit profiles the pipe every second and can be deployed in pipes from 8 inches to larger than 12 feet. It can stand alone in surcharged pipes or work with a CCTV camera in semi-surcharged lines. Case studies and CCTV/sonar images are included.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Sewer and Industrial Equipment Rental – What are the Options?

Rental equipment options in the municipal and industrial sewer cleaning markets are rapidly changing. This class covers the many options available, such as using rentals to grow the business, renting versus buying, long-term versus short-term rentals, and rent-to-purchase.


Scott Hunter, Business Coach

While this seminar series focuses on businesses, many of the leadership principles presented apply in the public sector, as well.

8 a.m. to noon: Keeping Employees and Customers Happy

Ninety percent of new companies fail within 10 years. One key reason: unhappy employees or unhappy customers. It takes leadership to create and keep a winning atmosphere at work. This three-part session teaches how to do exactly that. It tells why people become unhappy and customers get disappointed — and how to produce the opposite result.

3 to 5:30 p.m.: How to Be Successful and Profitable in Any Economy

Many companies fail because their owners run them by the seat of their pants and have never learned what it takes for a company to succeed. This program tells what it takes, day in and day out, no matter what is going on in the economy, to have a company that is profitable and fulfills the owner’s vision and objectives.


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