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The Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show in Indianapolis not only features the newest equipment in the industry and opportunities to network with peers, but also an unmatched focus on educating attendees. The 2015 show will host a series of valuable educational opportunities and workshops to help sewer and drain cleaning professionals enhance their knowledge base, and in turn help their business.

WWETT 2015 kicks off Monday, Feb. 23, with the annual Education Day. Tracks of workshops are sponsored by a variety of professional organizations, including the National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT), National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), Southern Section Collection Systems Committee (SSCSC), National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO), National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA), Waterjet Technology Association/Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association (WJTA-IMCA) and the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association (SSPMA).

The following days will feature a variety of additional workshops and roundtable-type discussions covering a range of topics from nozzle selection to pipeline rehabilitation technology.

All workshops will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in meeting rooms adjacent to the exhibit hall. For more information on seminar times, locations and speakers, visit www.wwett.com.

Seminars of interest to water and sewer and drain cleaner and rehabilitation specialists include:

Education Day, Monday, Feb. 23:

Pre-Trip Inspections, by Joe Zito, the sergeant of a commercial vehicle unit with a major metropolitan area police department with jurisdiction in two states. This session will cover walk-around inspection and completing a driver vehicle inspection report.

Hours of Service (HOS) Overview, by Joe Zito. This session is a general knowledge overview of part 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and to whom the regulations apply when operating a commercial motor vehicle.

Roadside Inspections, by Joe Zito. This session will cover how to be prepared and understand what will take place during a roadside inspection. Topics including brakes, lamps, securement and safe loading, as well as what you can do to better prepare a driver on what to say and do during the inspection.

A Trucker’s Guide to Washington Speak, by John Conley, who retired at the end of 2013 as president of National Tank Truck Carriers and remains active in tank truck industry issues through his communications company ConleyComm LLC. This session will help translate the acronyms and mysterious language of the Washington bureaucracy that truck operators are likely to encounter in regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, searches for information or at conference presentations.

Cargo Tank Safety and Regulatory Report, by John Conley. This session will focus on tank truck specific safety issues such as preventing rollovers and deaths/injuries involving workers who enter or repair cargo tanks.

Compliance with Part 180 and Preparing for a Tank Truck CT Shop Audit, by John Conley. Department of Transportation regulation 49CFR180 details test and inspection requirements for specification cargo tanks. This session will cover the various tests and inspections, requirements for testers and inspectors, and recordkeeping.

Hydroexcavation – Tools to Stay Current in a Changing Marketplace, by Neil McLean, who serves as a hydroexcavation consultant for companies throughout the United States and Canada with Hydro Excavation Consulting Unlimited. As the industry and government adds more regulations, drivers have to be knowledgeable and flexible to stay profitable. Water management, debris management, digging procedures and increasing production will be covered.

Maximizing Productivity on Vacuum/Air Mover Projects, by Gary W. Toothe, CET, a board-certified environmental safety and health trainer through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Discuss how everything from the man at the end of the hose through the operator can have a direct impact on the bottom line. Proper nozzle selection, friction and restriction in hose and pipe runs, and how to make sure an air mover is at its best before it leaves the yard will be covered.

Waterblast Safety Can Enhance Productivity, Quality and Profits! by Gary W. Toothe. Discuss the safety solutions that not only prevent handicapping productivity, but actually increase it. Staged cleaning, waterblast myth busting and the importance of proper water filtration will be covered.

Combination Vacuum Unit Operation Overview, by Chris Lopez, president/CEO of Municipal Collection System Consulting. From the pre-trip inspection to complex operation, discuss ways to enhance a combination unit’s overall efficiency and how to implement cost-effective operational techniques.

So You Think You Are the Best? CCTV Inspection In Its Highest Form, by Duane Johnson, vice president of Affordable Pipeline Services. Review the difference between “Pipeline Inspections” and “Pipeline Assessments,” and identify the different types of inspections and the technology available today, some of which you may already have but may not be using to its full capability. Examine inspection software and discuss how it can add value to your services.

Avoid the Pitfalls – Trenchless Pipeline Repair and Renewal, by Mark Hill, senior project manager with Michael Baker Corp. Discuss the successes as well as the failures of major rehabilitation projects, and analyze the reasons behind both.

Nozzles, Nozzles, Nozzles, by Rick Lewis, who has over 23 years of experience in the wastewater collections field, and consults with contractors and cities with wastewater collections equipment and its use in day-to-day operations. This class will help you select the nozzles that best fit your cleaning needs.

Overview of Manhole Rehabilitation Technologies, by Tim Back, co-inventor of the CIPMH Chimney Liner and a contributor and trainer for NASSCO ITCP-Manhole Rehabilitation. This class provides an overview of the manhole rehabilitation technologies available in the industry. The benefits and challenges related to each type of technology are explained.

When, Why and How to Defeat Infiltration Cost-Effectively, by Donald Rigby, who is responsible for strategy and execution of Avanti’s marketing and education programs. Chemical grout is a complement to all other trenchless technologies. Three case histories with ROI facts and figures serve as proof statements for small communities, medium-sized sewer districts and large metropolitan areas.

New Opportunities in Small-Pipe Relining and Reinstatement, by Troy Miller, who for the past five years has been in product development at TRY TEK. Discuss some of the opportunities and challenges that are present in the small-pipe relining market, including interior and exterior laterals as well as vertical vent stacks. Several case studies will be presented providing a solid field perspective of working with small-pipe cutting systems.

Pipeline Cleaning Best Practices, by John Manijak, business development/project manager for National Power Rodding Corp./Carylon Corporation. This presentation will cover a history of sewer cleaning tools and methods used. Attendees will take away an understanding of why it is important to choose the proper pump size and nozzle configuration when cleaning sewers, as well as what situations may arise that call for the use of old techniques.

Large-Diameter Pipe and Drain Rehabilitation Technologies, by John Moody, who has worked with Heitkamp Inc. since 2010. This session will cover condition assessment and the decision-making process and discuss the benefits and limitations of HDPE, PVC, CIPP and steel pipe. Other topics include dealing with voids and grouting, sliplining, centrifugally spun cement and spiral wound applications.

OSHA Regulations and Smart Business, by Doug Lassiter, the executive director and lobbyist for the North Carolina Septic Tank Association. Learn the basics on OSHA, what to keep in mind and what to keep on hand in the field.

Sizing Guidelines for New or Replacement Sewage Pumps, by Deron Oberkorn, corporate product development manager for the Zoeller Company. This session will discuss general and technical information on the selection and sizing of effluent pumps in waste treatment systems.

Backup Battery and Combination Pump Systems Evaluation and Installation, by Alan Schulman, founder and CEO of Glentronics Inc., a manufacturer of battery backup, primary, sewage and combination sump pump systems and accessories. This presentation is focused on the principle and value of having a backup unit for the primary sump pump. It will answer questions associated with the available options such as battery-operated, inverter-operated, or water-powered pumps.

Specifying Pumps: Why Do Pumps Fail? by Jeff Hawks, president of Champion Pump Company. The presentation reviews the differences between sump, effluent and sewage pump applications. It will review the various types of pump construction and design, such as motors, bearings, impellers, seals and cord entrances, and touch on the different types of switches used in pumping applications.

Employee Retention and Recruitment, by Beverly Lewis, a 15-year veteran of marketing in the sanitation industry. Attendees will discuss why the wastewater industry is a great place to work and how to create a strategy for both recruiting new workers and retaining existing staff.

Women in Wastewater Roundtable Discussion, featuring Lara Mottolo, Therese E. Wheaton, Shanna Sands and Joyce Gresh. The panel of professionals from different facets of the industry will address specific product and service questions, the future of the industry, as well as general managerial and career building advice for those starting out in the environmental services.

Lobbying, by Eric Casey, executive director of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association. Participants will learn why it’s important to be politically active and some of the ways they can become involved.

Tuesday, Feb. 24:

Best Installation Practices for Trouble-Free Pump Controls, by Brett Wilfong, distributor sales manager, and Mark McCollum, regional sales manager for the western United States for SJE-Rhombus. This presentation will discuss the best methods for installing wastewater pump control panels and float switches, things that can lead to premature pump system failures and troubleshooting pump systems when problems do occur.

Introduction to Effluent Filters, by Bob Smith, who has worked as a systems engineer for Orenco Systems since 2002. This presentation compares and contrasts the four methodologies for providing sewer service: conventional gravity sewer, grinder sewer, vacuum sewer and effluent-only sewer.

Mapping Solutions for Repair and Maintenance of Water Distribution Systems, by Lynn Hurley, CEO of Hurco Technologies. This presentation will demonstrate the power of integrating GIS maps with the equipment to do testing, maintenance programs and data collection for water distribution systems.

The Shift from Reactive to Proactive Wastewater Management Best Practices, by Ed Richards, president/CEO of t4 Spatial. This presentation discusses the need for an analytics engine to provide statistical and predictive warnings and notifications on failures. Owners must implement best practices through people, processes, standards and technology in order to proactively manage and maintain wastewater systems.

Why Hasn’t Your Sewer System Evaluation Survey Testing Worked? by Scott Belz, who has been employed with URS Corporation for over 35 years and specializes in sewer system evaluation and inspection. This session identifies some of the methods and components of a sewer system evaluation survey program that are known to find I&I sources, and others that need more thought and consideration.

The New Wastewater: Collection System Challenges Caused by Today’s Modern Trash, by Robert Domkowski, engineering consultant and training manager for Xylem Inc., Flygt Products. This session will provide an overview of activities occurring throughout the U.S. on the legislative level, state level and at several large municipalities to eliminate clogging from the use of nonwoven “flushable” items by users.

New Trends and Technology in Equipment for Excavation Safety, by Mike Ross, shoring specialist and national training director at Efficiency Production Inc. This presentation covers current and emerging trends for excavation safety in urban, residential and congested environments; options and requirements for excavation safety, including OSHA standards; and specific new techniques, technology and safety equipment available to general contractors and subcontractors.

Best Practices: Use, Care and Repair of High-Pressure Sewer Cleaning Hose, by Bernie Hengels, who has been with UEMSI for the past nine years and currently works with OEM and key accounts, and Bob Glick, who assists OEMs and distributors with sewer hose questions for UEMSI. This presentation covers how to identify the manufacturer of high-pressure sewer cleaning hose, how to identify the working pressure of the hose, proper usage and protection techniques, what to look for as indicators of wear and damage to your hose, and how to properly mend your hose in the field and the shop.

Development and Execution of a Cross-Bore Prevention Program, by Matt Timberlake, vice president of the Ted Berry Company. This talk will focus on developing and executing a standard operating procedure for the use of CCTV inspection and locating in sanitary sewer lateral lines used to minimize the risk of injury, loss of life and property damage from utility cross bores.

Drain Cleaning Methods - Then and Now, by Jake Saltzman, worldwide technical director for Picote Solutions Inc. This session will cover the various methods used for cleaning small-diameter piping in a range of pipe materials and the most common types of blockages.

The Physics of Pipe Cleaning Tools and How I Make it Work for Me, by Kurt Rivoire, sales and marketing manager at Duebre/Brendle Nozzles in Dettingen, Germany, and owner of Jet Clean Tools USA. Analyze the physics of the nozzle and the influence of pressure and flow on it. It pays to have the right nozzle with the right setup and save resources.

Lateral Lining – Are You Using the Right Tool? by Leke Osi, president of lateral lining manufacturer Easy Liner. This session describes the industry standard methodology and explains some of the shortcomings and challenges of using a standard method on nonstandard situations.

How to Manage Septic Systems Using Remote Monitoring, by Scott Robinson, managing director of RH2O North America. Learn how advances in control systems and remote monitoring solutions can save both customers and maintenance providers time and money while better protecting environmental health.

GPS Tracking: Hype Vs. Reality, by Richard Banks, national sales director for US Fleet Tracking. Learn what matters most when making the decision to implement GPS tracking within your core business functions. Understand such factors as refresh rates, leasing hardware versus purchasing it, contracts or no contracts and features that really help you manage your mobile workforce.

Wireless Controls in the Waterjet Industry: Sacrificing Safety for Convenience, by Terry Gromes Sr. and Terry Gromes Jr. of Terydon Inc. This session will be an assessment of the hands-free initiative in the contractor market of the high-pressure waterjetting/waterblasting industry. There will be a discussion of safety versus convenience, productivity and cost-effectiveness.

Wednesday, Feb. 25:

Retrofit of the Lansdowne Sanitary Public Sewer, by Randy Colombo, an engineering technician for infrastructure management at Dove Ventures. This session will help operators and senior personnel see what happens during planned work, featuring a case study of work performed at the Lansdowne Sanitary public sewer, where discharge pipes were deteriorating due to the high volume of sewerage and humidity in the station, requiring replacement.

Huntington Beach Successfully Navigates Emergency Repair of Fragile Storm Drain, by Joe Cherry, who supervises the marketing and national sales staff at AP/M Permaform, and Chuck Parsons, vice president and general manager of Sancon Engineering. This session will discuss work performed in the City of Huntington Beach, Calif., to rehabilitate a storm drain to make it structurally sound and permanently and intrinsically watertight.

Collection System Rehabilitation – Alternative Technology, by Jill Davis, superintendent of Water and Wastewater for the Athens Utilities Board in Athens, Tenn. This session will examine a five-year case study used to determine that low-pressure force main and grinder pump systems are fantastic options for rehabilitation.

Implementation of Acoustic Inspection Technology at the City of Augusta, by Alex Churchill, chief operating officer and a co-founder of InfoSense. This session will discuss how the City of Augusta, Ga., began using the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT) to help prioritize cleaning operations.

Highlights from the 7th Edition of Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Collection Systems Manual, by Chuck Hansen, chairman of Electro Scan. Seminar participants will learn basic concepts and technology; equipment and staffing requirements, including major components and functionality; field operations, including site preparation, equipment setup, testing and reporting; and practical applications, including case studies covering pre-and post-CIPP assessments.

Technological Advancements Fulfill the Promise of Zoom Survey Paradigm, by Jake Wells, who recently helped develop the latest generation of the QuickView zoom inspection camera at Envirosight. This presentation discusses how zooming is poised to harness new technology in order to help municipalities boost their systemwide intelligence, maintenance productivity and regulatory compliance.

The Waste in Our Wastewater, by Denver Stutler, chief executive officer of Polston Applied Technologies. This presentation makes observations about the collection of debris in wastewater systems throughout the state of Florida, discussing how debris enters the wastewater system due to aging infrastructure and weather.

Security Issues and Best Practices for Water/Wastewater Facilities, by Jeff Hayes, a product manager for Beijer Electronics. This session will explore the motivation behind and the best practices for appropriate security for a water/wastewater facility and look at security policies, vulnerabilities and risk management.

Integrating Temperature Sensor Technology within Lateral Pipeline CIPP Installations, by Jason Mathey, director of research and development and training manager for LMK Technologies. Municipalities, design engineers and contractors want verification that the resin used in the CIPP process has properly cured. New thermal sensor fiber technology is now being used in conjunction with lateral installations with great success. This is allowing for better documentation for QA/QC, higher physical properties of the finished product and a reduction of failed liners. A case study will be provided.

CIPP Calibration and Vacuuming, by John Heisler, owner of Quik Lining Systems Inc. This session will discuss the many methods of getting the resin in place to allow it to be installed into the host pipe. It will also explore the best practices that have been adopted by the industry and embraced by the ASTM organization.

Extending Life Expectancies with Corrosion-Resistant Coatings and Linings, by Kevin Morris, a 22-year employee of Sherwin-Williams, with the past 13 years dedicated to the Protective & Marine Coatings Division. This presentation will discuss the primary corrosion mechanisms occurring in today’s sewer collection systems and wastewater treatment plant environments, and how corrosion-resistant coating and lining systems can be employed to extend the life of new structures or to rehabilitate and extend the life of existing structures.

Team Building for Profit, by Don Daub, electrical engineer and highly successful certified business and technology trainer and consultant. The purpose of this class is to coach the contractor on the importance of bringing the whole team together, on the same page, to meet the same goals. This class identifies time management skills, personality types, basic group dynamics and team cohesiveness, which are some of the most important keys to success.


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