Call for Presentations for MEA’s Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit

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Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) is calling for presentations on workforce development/leadership, new gas technology, regulatory compliance, safety, engineering and technical training, and core utility knowledge. The presentations are for the August 2-4, 2011 Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.

Submit your presentation about the Natural Gas industry or related products for the Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit.

Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) is calling for presentations on workforce development/leadership, new gas technology, regulatory compliance, safety, engineering and technical training, and core utility knowledge. The presentations are for the August 2-4, 2011 Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. To submit a presentation visit http://www.midwestenergy.org. Selected speakers will by notified.

MEA is looking for presentations on the following:
Workforce Development/Leadership
Entry-Level Supervisor Training: How to prepare and support frontline supervisors for success in an increasingly complex energy world? What skills are needed and what information must they have? We are seeking best practices for companies to ensure business success in training entry-level supervisors.

Leadership Coaching & Mentoring: Even the most successful leaders need guidance and a trusted collaborator to navigate the challenges in their role. Coaching and mentoring is a valuable tool for organizational sustainability. Learn the best practices of coaching and mentoring in utilities.

New Workforce Development: Most utilities are facing a 40% loss in workforce in the next 5-10 years. How can you ensure continued smooth operations and business continuity with a mostly new workforce? Learn several keys in developing the new workforce.

Business Writing: This presentation will enable you to identify your audience and express your message concisely for understanding and getting the results you want.

Time Management: Utilities continue to operate in a lean fashion and time is a precious resource. Learn effective techniques and strategies for prioritizing tasks, handling time wasters, and maximizing your schedule.

Cross Training: As the workforce continues to change and adapt, a lot of organizations are utilizing cross training to ensure operational efficiencies and depth of organizational knowledge. Learn the best practices that achieve a well-rounded workforce.

New Technology
Keyhole Technology: How keyhole technology reduces operating costs, impact on traffic, and how the process increases public satisfaction.

Lateral Sewer Line Locate Technology: Sewer Lateral Cross Bores are at the forefront of everyone's damage prevention program. Learn the best practices in ensuring your system in safe and tips in preventing any future issues.

Safety
Distracted Driving: Utility work requires a lot of time on the road. Review new laws regarding texting and discuss inattentive driving hazards (eating, reading, grooming, etc.) that exist and the strategies to mitigate accidents.

Identifying Hazards and Injury Investigations: Discuss hazard identification and how proper injury investigation leads to the root cause of the injury. Once root cause is established, use that information to develop measures to prevent similar injuries.

Proper Disposal of Materials: From chemicals to recycling, knowing how to properly dispose of items can save fines and disposal fees (as well as protect the environment). We will discuss some of the rules regarding disposal of materials.

Customer Premise Hazards: How to identify hazards on customer premises and discuss solutions to address the hazards.

Engineering & Technical Training – Basic
Basic Computer Skills: Self-paced, hands-on learning in computer, email, typing and web skills.
Understand Basic Electricity: The Basic Electricity Class will be teaching the fundamentals of Ohm's Law and how to use Ohm's Law equation to determine voltage, current, and resistance. It will provide procedures for operating a digital multimeter to take voltage, current and resistance readings.
Understanding Remote Data Communications: The Natural Gas Industry faces unique challenges when communicating data remotely. Geography, local availability of communication providers, and the amount and type of data to be transmitted all play a role in determining which communication packages are best for their companies. Hardware, software and expertise all help to obtain the best remote communication package to fit their circumstances and needs.

Engineering & Technical Training – Advanced
Electronic Asset Management: Utility work requires a lot of time on the road. Review new laws regarding texting and discuss inattentive driving hazards (eating, reading, grooming, etc.) that exist and the strategies to mitigate accidents.

HydroCarbon Permeation: Discuss hazard identification and how proper injury investigation leads to the root cause of the injury. Once root cause is established, use that information to develop measures to prevent similar injuries.

Regulator Station Design: This presentation covers the basic factors to consider when a regulator station is designed. These factors include sitting, infrastructure, construction, equipment selection, operation, maintenance, and bringing the station on-line.

Core Utility Knowledge
General Design & Layout, Mapping, Blue Print Reading, As-Builts: General information on how design and layout impacts field personnel in understanding maps and blueprints and the need for accurate as-built drawings.
Valve Operations and Maintenance: Basic overview, unsticking, flushing, safety operation.’
Job Site Safety Overview: An overview of Backhoe Operators, Traffic Control, Barricades, Shoring, Spoint Placement, Site & Overhead Hazard.

For more information about the Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit contact Sandy Driscoll at (651) 289-9600 x119.

About Midwest ENERGY Association:
Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) serves the people that bring electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. MEA was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, utility companies around the globe benefit from MEA’s industry learning seminars, operations summits, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world’s premier online training and testing system for the gas and electric utility distribution industry.

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