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2017 NESC Overview & Significant Revisions - December 14th & 15th

Posted By IAMU, Monday, November 14, 2016

Presenter:  R. John Miner, President Collaborative Learning, Inc.

John Miner  is a registered professional engineer and an accomplished executive manager and  educator with over 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, a firm that presents management and technical education programs and, through Collaboration Unlimited, provides management consulting services to the electric utility industry.  John is a registered professional engineer and an accomplished executive manager and educator with over forty-five years of experience in the electric utility industry. John has been a course instructor for APPA for 30 years. John is a senior member of the IEEE and past chair of the IEEE Committee on Technology Accreditation Activities.

Topics Covered

This course will address the NESC and its fundamental application to electric utility transmission and distribution systems, highlighting the important changes that are effective with the 2017 edition.  

Course Highlights

  •  NESC purpose, organization and application
  •  Significant revisions contained in the 2017 NESC
  •  NESC compliance, legal liability and risk management
  •  Rule interpretations and sources of help for compliance
  •  Recognition and correction of code violations
  •  Integration of NESC requirements into design, construction, and maintenance practices
  •  Safety and work rules for construction and operations personnel
  •  Code interpretation and compliance issues contributed by course participants

Who Should Attend

Managers, safety professionals, electric utility engineers, designers, technicians, and all field personnel who are responsible for or who make decisions concerning transmission and distribution systems. The course is conducted at a practical level and is appropriate for degreed professionals, including engineers and engineering technicians, as well as skilled craft personnel, field supervisors and non-degreed high school graduates with a general knowledge of the electric utility system.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Tags:  NESC 

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IAMU Tree Trimming For Utilities Workshop - December 8th

Posted By IAMU, Monday, November 14, 2016

IAMU will be offering a one-day Tree Trimming for Utilities Workshop on December 8th.  This workshop is a rescheduling of the cancelled workshop from September 27th in Cedar Falls. 

This workshop will provide valuable information and hands-on training for utility personnel.  Classroom and hands-on topics will include:

  • Laws Regarding Tree Trimming
  • Best Practices
  • Rules
  • Procedures
  • Identifying
  • Safety

Tivon Feeley, Forest Health Specialist with the Iowa DNR and Dan Llewellyn, Electric Services Coordinator with IAMU will be the instructors for this workshop.

For more information, and to register click here.

Questions?  Contact Dan Llewellyn at (800) 810-4268 or email at

Tags:  Electric  Safety  Tree Trimming 

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4th Annual IAMU Energy Conference - November 29th & 30th

Posted By IAMU, Monday, November 14, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 14, 2016

We are excited to present the 4th Annual IAMU Energy Conference. This year’s conference will be held on November 29-30, 2016 at the Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona.

We kick off the conference with Dr. Ernie Goss of Creighton University covering The Rural & Urban Economic Outlook.

Immediately following lunch that day, Mike Zenker from NextEra Energy will take us through what the Iowa gas and energy market forecast looks to be.

We wrap up Tuesday’s sessions with a panel of school district superintendents highlighting how sharing executives has worked for them. 

Tuesday's events end with the Exhibit Hall Reception and Poker Run.

You won’t want to miss Wednesday’s sessions where Sue Kelly, President and CEO, of APPA will start off our morning and Bert Kalisch, President and CEO of APGA will wrap up the conference.

Click here for more information and to register.

See you there!

Thank you to our 2016 IAMU Energy Conference Sponsors thus far!

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor
Altorfer Power Systems

Bronze Sponsors
Benefit Resources of Iowa
G&L Clothing
Van Wert, Inc.
WPPI Energy
Ziegler Power Systems

Conference Exhibitors
GIS Workshop, LLC
Ground Support, LLC
Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust (IPAIT)
JCG Land Services, Inc.
Jordan Transformer
Midland GIS Solutions
mPower Innovations
NAES Corporation
NextEra Energy Power Marketing
Professional Computer Systems, Co. (PCS)
Shermco Industries
US Cellular

Break & Breakfast Sponsors
Consortia Consulting, Inc.
DGR Engineering
Professional Computer Systems, Co. (PCS)

Hospitality Suite
Ziegler Power Systems

Tags:  Energy Conference  Events  IAMU  Prairie Meadows 

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OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Outreach Course - December 1st & 2nd

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, November 9, 2016

This course will explain OSHA’s role in worker safety and health, job-site hazard recognition, correction and prevention methods and how to read the OSHA standards.  Participants will receive a completion card from the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA certifying successful completion of this OSHA 10-Hour course. 29 CFR 1910 CFR Book & course material furnished.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to OSHA - 2 hours
  • Walking & Working Surfaces & Fall Protection - 1 hour
  • Emergency Action Plans - 1 hour 
  • Electrical - 1 hour
  • Personal Protective Equipment - 1 hour
  • Hazard Communication -1 hour 
  • Machine Guarding - 1 hour
  • Lockout / Tagout - 1 hour 
  • Permit Required Confined Space - 1 hour

Who Should Attend

This basic safety course is recommended for workers and supervisors or those who have been given the task of developing and managing their employer’s safety program.

If you hire contractors: Many cities also require their contractors to maintain a safety    program to be eligible to work for them.  The OSHA 10-Hour course will help those owners, managers, and employees develop a solid safety foundation at their company to hopefully avoid incidents while working for the city or utility.  Hiring a contractor to perform work for the city/utility does not eliminate all liabilities to the city.  A contractor’s incident could drag your city into litigation. This is why contractors you hire should have a strong safety program and city/utility should require contractors working for them to attend  and have a 10-hour OSHA card.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Tags:  OSHA 10-Hour 

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EPA Releases "Lead and Copper Rule Revisions White Paper"

Posted By IAMU, Friday, November 4, 2016

Last week, EPA released the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions White Paper, an 18-page document that provides examples of possible regulatory options to improve the existing Lead & Copper rule. 

The rule is under review now as EPA works to develop the rule’s “long-term revisions,” also known as LCR-LTR.  According to EPA’s LCR-LTR website, “the paper highlights key challenges, opportunities, and analytical issues presented by these options.  Options include lead service line replacement, improving optimal corrosion control treatment requirements, consideration of a health-based benchmark, the potential role of point-of-use filters, clarifications or strengthening of tap sampling requirements, increased transparency, and public education requirements.” 

The White Paper is not a regulatory document, and provides possible options for the future revised rule.  The proposed rule is expected to be published in 2017, and all community and non-transient non-community public water supply systems will be affected.

Tags:  EPA  Water 

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