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Training for employees who design, operate and maintain utilities. 

Each March, the Missouri Public Utility Alliance offers training for front line workers to make their daily work more productive and keep them in touch with the latest industry trends. 



Wednesday, March 13: Waynesville (9:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Ozark Technical College, 600 GW Lane, room 116 and 118

Thursday, March 14: Hannibal (9:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Fiddlestiks Restaurant, 8945 US Highway 36


COST: $70 members, $85 non-members (includes lunch)

PAYMENT: Invoice will be sent, and you can pay by check or credit card

REGISTRATION: deadline March 5

Send completed registration form to: or fax to 573-445-0680


  • MDNR license renewal hours: 3 for water treatment and distribution & 3.5 hours for wastewater (Waynesville #1904269 & Hannibal #1902270)
  • Professional Engineers are eligible for 4.5 hours of PDHs.


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Electric Topics

  • Drones: reducing costs and keeping workers safe
  • Arc Flash: safety and 2018 NFPA 70E code updates
  • Connector Theory: connection design and specification criteria based on safety, reliability, and cost
  • Ultrasonic tomography pole testing and joint pole usage audits
  • Electric vehicle developments and impacts on electric system 

Water & Wastewater Topics

  • Smart Sewer Project: real time inflow and infiltration
  • Evaluations to optimize conventional water treatment filters
  • Wastewater metal content in the permitting process
  • Q&A with Department of Natural Resources’ Section Chief of Compliance Assistance

General Session for all attendees

  • Updates from Missouri One Call on Utility Locates

Detailed Session Descriptions


Drones: reducing costs and keeping workers safe
Rob Erdelen and Shailendra Singh, Commercial UAV Solutions with Honeywell | Aerospace

Commercial-grade unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones can make an electric utility’s staff smarter about their system while staying a safe distance away. Drone videos, photos, and 3-D modeling make vegetation management, line inspections, and responding to storm damage a much easier task.


Arc Flash: safety and 2018 NFPA 70E code updates

Daniel Bauerkemper, Director of Electrical Engineering, Lutz, Daily & Brain

The 2018 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E code standards for Electrical Safety in the Workplace has changes that can be confusing. Learn more details about changes to the code and how to keep staff members safe. Tips on how arc flash assessments can keep you in line with the regulations will be shared. 


Electric vehicle developments and impacts on electric system

Larry Kinder, CEO, LilyPad EV

Get some background information on electric vehicle (EV) adoption and the charging infrastructure needed to support them. Kinder will focus on the technical aspects of EV charging station installation and required power configurations for both Level 2 and DC Fast stations. There will be a review of the Missouri VW air emission trust settlement funds for deploying a state-wide network of EV charging stations along highway corridors.


Ultrasonic tomography pole testing and joint pole usage audits
Wayne Hall, President, Utility Asset Management

Ultrasonic testing is used as part of a comprehensive pole testing program and as a "spot-check" for linemen before they climb a pole to ensure its integrity. Developed to align with Rural Utilities Service Bulletin 1730B-121 guidelines, ultrasonic testing has the benefit of causing no damage to the pole, it is a key tool to identify “target” poles that need additional testing performed. Joint Use Audits provide a measurable image of each pole structure and are used to obtain inventories of equipment and communications attachments, in addition to finding National Electric Safety Code violations.


Connector Theory: connection design and specification criteria
Jay Breitenbach, Field Sales Representative II, Burndy

With the goal of safety, reliability, and cost, pointers for selecting the best electrical connector will be presented. There will be a review of various connector applications and related conditions to consider when selecting an appropriate means of connection.


Updates from Missouri One Call on Utility Locates
Bill Murray, Damage Prevention Manager, Missouri One Call System Inc.

A unique opportunity to hear the latest from Missouri One Call from someone who previously worked in the utility field for 35 years. There will be plenty of time for exchanges with Murray so bring your city’s questions about utility locates and working with contractors.



Building a Smart Wastewater Network
Brandon Freeman, TREKK Design

Studies show that, on average, 80% of collection system issues reside in 20% of the entire system. Traditional flow monitoring is limited in solving the issues. This presentation will discuss refined technologies to aid in locating surcharging, overflows and infiltration and inflow. Micro-detection can be accomplished quickly and inexpensively which can help visually confirm the exact cause of the problem. Together, these tools form the backbone of an intelligent wastewater network. Cost of implementation, demonstration of technologies, and analytics will be discussed, using real case studies throughout Missouri.


Evaluations to optimize conventional water treatment filters
Allison Morris, Burns & McDonnell

Implementation of a regular filter inspection protocol provides operators with the tools and knowledge to maintain filter performance and enhance the lifetime effectiveness of their filters. A filter evaluation can be conducted to assess the filtration performance by examining a series of performance indicators and physical evaluations.  If the filter evaluation identifies problematic or low-performance areas, filter improvements specific to the identified issue can be recommended.  


How to stay out of enforcement
Kristi Savage-Clarke and Logan Cole, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Hear from the regulators on the best tips to keep your facility out of enforcement when things go wrong (and they will). Kristi and Logan will take you through some scenarios on how to reach out for compliance assistance instead of ending up with an enforcement case in Jefferson City.


Stormwater! We all have it
Rob Morrison, Barr Engineering

A stormwater discussion that includes information on your local government, MS4 Program.  A municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) is a conveyance or system of conveyances that is owned or operated by a public entity. But NPDES permits also include requirements for a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP). So, what are the best management practices to ensure that you’re in compliance with your permit? What are the best educations tools to use? This presentation will take you through how to develop and implement a compliant MS4 Program or Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program.


What is in my Permit? And what about these metals?
Nick Muenks, Geosyntec

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, written by MDNR can be difficult to navigate. We have seen a variety of requirement changes, flexibilities, and streamlining over the past couple of years. With the Red Tape Reduction rules in place, permits should allow even more flexibilities now. This presentation will teach you what to look for when you receive a draft permit and what you can ask for if you are unhappy with a certain requirement. Additionally, we have seen an increase in metals requirements. This presentation will take you through several options of metals testing that can greatly benefit your city. 


Cancellations received after the registration deadline and no-shows will still be responsible for the Spring Tech fee.

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