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08/12/14 - 08/13/14 - High Tech Operator Course 2 - TWO DAY CLASS (Chicago, IL) IEPA#7946
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08/12/14 - 08/13/14 - High Tech Operator Course 2 - TWO DAY CLASS (Chicago, IL) IEPA#7946

8/12/2014 to 8/13/2014
When: Tuesday August 12 & Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Registration begins at 7:30 AM
Where: Jardine Water Purification Plant
1000 East Ohio Street
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
Presenter: Carolyn Grieves, Baxter & Woodman & Andy Zaletel, Baxter Woodman
Contact: Lisa Hoffhines

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High Tech Operator Course 2:  Applications/Tools
Two-day workshop

PLEASE  NOTE: For security purposes, registration for this class closes after 07/29/14. NO ONSITE REGISTRATION WILL BE PERMITTED.

CEU TYPE: Technical

SUMMARY: This course reviews the high-tech tools available for capturing, creating, finding, and using information about facilities, assets, and customers. The course begins by reviewing Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and the technology available to collect equipment data for use in a CMMS. The course looks at the types and formats of equipment information and on-line sources for gathering them and methods of putting utility-specific equipment and process information on-line for easy access and updating. An overview of Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawing tools, and their connection to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is presented. Locating remote and underground facilities using mobile devices, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and GIS maps and drawings are discussed. The course then looks at the communication technologies available for communicating with, and collecting data from, remote sites

Objectives: After completing this course, using the workbook as needed, a participant will be able to:
• Explain the functions of a CMMS
• Discuss equipment monitoring technologies
• Identify types of equipment information and where it can be found
• Discuss ways of storing equipment and process information on-line for easy access and updating
• Explain how and what a GIS does
• Discuss features and functions of a GPS and other mobile devices
• Describe the benefits and drawbacks of different remote communication technologies

No Course Prerequisites required: All three courses must be completed to obtain the High-Tech Operator certificate; Classes can be taken in ANY order.

PRESENTER:  Carolyn Grieves, Baxter & Woodman
Following graduation from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor in Science in Civil Engineering, Carolyn went on to obtain a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. Carolyn began working for Baxter & Woodman, Inc. after graduation and has focused on the planning and design of water supply, treatment and distribution systems. Carolyn is currently B&W’s  Water Group Client Services Manager and the manager of the Environmental Department.  Carolyn has been focusing on security issues for communities and their water systems and is the chair of the ISAWWA’s Safety and Emergency Planning Committee and is involved with the Illinois Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (ILWARN) and the Water Efficiency Committee.

PRESENTER:  Andy Zaletel, Baxter & Woodman
As the manager of Baxter & Woodman’s GIS Department, Andy leads the planning, design, and implementation of GIS and GPS-based services for municipal clients.  He supervises a staff of GIS specialists and mapping technicians with expertise in ESRI and Trimble software applications and Autodesk mapping.  He has served as Project Manager for numerous utility mapping, data collection and basemap development projects, and has also overseen the GIS component of many municipal master plans. He has been instrumental in assisting communities with data analysis and conversion, custom application development, web-based GIS solutions, infrastructure system surveys and educational workshop presentations and trainings.  Mr. Zaletel teaches Introduction to GIS and GPS Technologies for the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL.  Mr. Zaletel has a bachelor’s degree in Biology – Ecology from Winona State University as well as a Masters degree in Resource Analysis and GIS from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Registration begins at 7:30am. The training will start at 8:00am and will conclude by 3:00pm each day. Earn up to 12 PDH’s or RTC hours. Breakfast and lunch included.


  • Registration closes after Tuesday, July 29. 2014 for security purposes
  • Carpooling is encouraged but parking will be available in the visitors lot at the top of the hill near the flagpoles. The police will direct all drivers to the lot as they pass through the guard station. Taxis aren’t allowed past the guard station. Anyone not in a regular vehicle will have to walk up the hill (~10 min walk) and should allow extra time for walking.
  • No pictures beyond the auditorium
  • Attendees must bring a photo ID - drivers license or passport
  • Wear something comfortable for chilly temperatures and comfortable, closed-toed shoes. No high heels or flip flops
Registration Type
ISAWWA Member Rate
Non Member Rate
Early Bird (ends 07/18/14)
Regular (ends 07/29/14)
After 07/29/14 or Onsite

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