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Associate Member Spotlight: Terra Spectrum Technologies

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Terra Spectrum Technologies (TST) is a software development company that specializes in producing easy-to-use, versatile software that simplifies field data collection and provides robust data analysis and reporting. We take pride in developing products that are powerful enough to handle the rigors of complex workflows yet simple enough for field staff to use effectively with minimal training.

FieldNote, our field data collection software is designed to incorporate existing workflows into an innovative and user-friendly interface. FieldNote is an adaptable, iOS-based tool capable of handling field inventories, asset management, mobile workforce management, and more. When combined with built-in mobile timesheets, user-friendly analytics and full configuration, FieldNote is a solution for even the most complex organizational processes.

At TST, our roots run deep in the utility industry — it’s where we began and continue to grow! But we go beyond just trees. Whether you’re an electric, gas, water, or broadband utility, we stand ready to offer innovative solutions for your real-world problems. Headquartered in West Des Moines, TST is a local company that has served Iowa communities since we launched our first piece of software in 2008.

We invite you to check out our website, give us a call (515-333-8473) or drop by our office to say hello. We would appreciate the opportunity to show you how TST can help your utility today.

Tags:  Associate Member Spotlight  Terra Spectrum Technologies 

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Save the Dates for IAMU Safety Group Insurance Seminars

Posted By IAMU, Monday, June 25, 2018

Jester Insurance Services has announced the dates for this fall’s IAMU Safety Group Insurance Seminars.

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Buena Vista University
610 W. Fourth St.
Storm Lake, IA 50588
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Prairie Meadows
1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Hilton Garden Inn
7213 Nordic Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Please notify the appropriate personnel in your office and share these dates/times/locations with them.

A formal registration form will be sent in mid-August.

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IAMU Electric Utility System Operation Short Course - July 31

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

IAMU is once again offering the Electric Utility System Operation Short Course (EUSO) presented by Skip Collier of Professional Training Systems, Inc.


Skip is highly regarded and has an extensive background in electric utility design, construction, maintenance and operation.


EUSO Short Course:  July 31 – August 2

The EUSO Short Course is designed for any employee whose job performance will benefit from a basic understanding of the operations side of the business.  This includes those from legal, rates, engineering, purchasing, computer application, marketing, customer service, inventory control, finance, accounting, safety, risk analysis as well as those from generating plants.  One goal for this class is to have students leave with the ability to easily identify all of the electrical equipment they see in a substation as they walk by, along with all the equipment found on the poles in a residential area.  Non-electrical engineers are often at a disadvantage in the electric utility environment due to a lack of familiarity with technical issues.  The better you understand the utility’s product – electrical energy – and how it is created and distributed, the better you can serve the utility and your customers.  This course assumes no electrical background, and builds on the basics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the equipment and operations.


*Line Maintainer apprentices will receive 21 Basic OJT hours for taking the EUSO Course.*


Registration is open.

Registration fees for the course are below.


(*If you are planning on sending more than one participant from your organization, please make sure to share this with multiple departments so that you qualify for the reduced cost with the initial registration.)

  • EUSO Course - $950 for a single registrant OR $850 each for two or more participants from the same utility/organization

For additional information, brochure, and registration, please click HERE.  The registration deadline for the workshop is Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Tags:  Electric  EUSO  Skip Collier 

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IAMU Wastewater Collection System Workshop - July 17

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mark your calendars for the IAMU Wastewater Collection System Workshop.  Sponsored by Central Iowa Televising, this new IAMU workshop will take place on Tuesday, July 17 at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.

Training topics will include:

  • Putting Together Written Maintenance & Asset Management Programs
  • Identifying & Eliminating I&I
  • Mainline & Lateral Sewer Rehabilitation Methods

Live demos will include:

  • Jet/Vac – O&M – Nozzle Selection by Mid-Iowa Equipment
  • TV Truck – O&M – Mainline/Lateral Launch by Mid-Iowa Equipment
  • CIPP Point Repair / Connection Liner by Central Iowa Televising
  • Trench / Shoring / Confined Space Safety by Contractor Solutions

0.5 CEUs for Wastewater only.


IAMU Members - $45.00
Non-Members - $65.00
(Includes CEUs, lunch, and breaks)

Registration is open.  For more information about the workshops, brochure, and online registration, click HERE.

Tags:  CEUs  Wastewater  Water 

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Iowa Water Service Excise Tax Itemization on Bills and Receipts

Posted By IAMU, Monday, June 18, 2018

You are receiving this message as part of the Iowa Department of Revenue’s ongoing effort to educate businesses and organizations about the state’s new Water Service Excise Tax (WET).

Water utilities must separate WET from sales tax for collection and remittance to the Department beginning July 1, 2018.  However, in order to provide water utilities with time to make necessary programming changes, water utilities do not have to itemize WET on bills and receipts to customers prior to January 1, 2019. Beginning on January 1, 2019, WET must be separately itemized and stated on all bills and receipts, and must be identified separately from any other taxes collected, if any. The Department will not monitor how water utilities decide to separately collect and remit WET prior to January 1, 2019.

Additional information about the Water Service Excise Tax is available on our website

Tags:  Excise Tax  Water 

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