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01/23/14 - Water Storage Tank Maintenance (Macomb) IEPA#8000
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01/23/14 - Water Storage Tank Maintenance (Macomb) IEPA#8000

When: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Registration at 7:30 AM
Where: Macomb City Hall, Community Room, 1st Floor
232 East Jackson Street
Macomb, Illinois  61455
United States
Presenter: Brad Schotanus & Joeseph Hoban, Dixon Engineering, Inc.
Contact: Lisa Hoffhines

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Water Storage Tank Maintenance

CEU TYPE: Technical

TOPIC: Over the past few years, underwater tank inspection methods have been increasingly utilized by water utilities. Underwater methods can be more convenient than traditional drained inspections, but also have their own drawbacks. Water system operators often focus primarily on selecting the method of inspection, while the actual goal of the inspection becomes obscured. The large majority of the surface area of storage tanks (and associated painting costs) consists of the exterior, dry interior and wet interior roof. The inspection method selected does not matter for these areas as they are not immersed. Therefore obtaining a thorough and accurate inspection report is generally more important than the inspection method employed.

The essential elements for all tank inspections regardless of the inspection method are reviewed. These elements include:

1) Structural Condition
2) Coating Conditions
3) Cathodic Protection System Applicability
4) Public Health Considerations
5) OSHA and Safety Considerations
6) Operation and Maintenance Considerations
7) Cleaning Considerations
8) State Regulatory Concerns

Also discussed are AWWA recommended qualifications for inspection firms and the required contents of the inspection report including:

1) Photos or Video of All Areas of Interest
2) Cost Estimates for All Recommended Repairs
3) Engineering Analysis of Relevant Alternatives
4) 5-10 Year Budgeting Estimates

The remainder of the talk discusses the relative advantages of each inspection method for accomplishing these objectives, and whether a float inspection should also be included. System specifics that determine the preferred method such as the size, style, and number of tanks are also discussed. Color slides accompany the talk and include photos of drained and underwater inspections.

Brad Schotanus, Dixon Engineering
Brad Schotanus was born and raised in northern Illinois and graduated from the College of Lake County, in Grayslake, Illinois. Brad has been in the water industry for 34 years. He worked for Layne Northern and Peerless Midwest in Indiana and Michigan as project manager and sales engineer. He returned to Illinois for family reasons in 2006. In 2007 Brad started working with Dixon Engineering in marketing and project management for coating application projects and potable water tank maintenance inspections. He is a NACE Certified Coating Inspector.Brad recently received a 20 year membership pin from AWWA. He is involved in Illinois AWWA as a member of the Distribution Committee and past chair of the MAC Committee. He is a past president of Saint Joseph Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Plant Engineers.Brad’s membership in water related organizations include:American Water Works Association (AWWA) National, Illinois and Wisconsin. State Rural Water Associations in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). Also regional associations in the Chicago area:
• West Shore Water Producers Association (WSWPA)
• North Suburban Water Works Association (NSWWA)
• Mid-Central Water Works Association (MCWWA)
• South Suburban Water Works Association (SSWWA)
• Kane County Water Works Association (KCWA)

Joseph Hoban, Dixon Engineering, Inc.

Joe is a Senior Project Engineer at Dixon Engineering with over 13 years experience in the coating industry.  He holds a BS in Geological Engineering from University of Wisconsin and currently performs project management and scheduling.  He is active with development of municipal marketing and assists with preliminary maintenance inspections.

REGISTRATION & HOURS: Registration begins at 7:30am. The training will start at 8:00am and will conclude by 12:00pm. Earn up to 4 Professional Development Hours (PDH's) for engineers or Renewal Training Credit (RTC) hours for water operators. Continental breakfast will be included.

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ISAWWA Member Rate
Non ISAWWA Member Rate
Early Bird (ends 01/12/14)
Regular (ends 01/21/14)
After 01/21 or Onsite


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