October 25, 2016

Education & Professional Development

CPR / First Aid / AED Certification

October 26, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

October 27, 2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Presenter: Troy Porter, Master Builders of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

The purpose of this course is to help participants identify and eliminate potentially hazardous conditions in their environment, recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions for first aid care. It teaches skills that participants need to know in order to provide immediate care for a suddenly ill or injured person until more advanced medical care arrives to take over. In addition, this hands-on skills training prepares you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies, while teaching the skills and knowledge needed to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult CPR/AED, which is valid for two years.

Webinar - Does Your Company's Safety Program Match Your Culture?

November 2, 2016

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: Troy Porter, Master Builders of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

OSHA has required all companies, of any size, to have an internal safety and health program. However, if you asked all of your employees to list some key points from your company’s safety program, what type of responses would you anticipate? Would they know that the company has a safety program? All too often, a company’s safety program does not reflect their desired company culture and it simply gets passed by as another “check the box” requirement to fulfill. Unfortunately, no two companies are the same, and really, no two safety programs should be the same because of it.

This webinar wants to stir some proactive thought for members to review their existing internal safety and health programs, and begin to explore how they can make them better. No employer wants to expose their employees to an unsafe work environment, but many don’t know where to start in matters like this. Therefore, we will explore several examples of “to-do’s,” and “not to-do’s” for safety and health programs, as well as review OSHA’s latest emphasis on the matter. We encourage all of our members to attend, as safety in the workplace is up to every employee to follow through with.

Webinar - Talent Management Software Overview: How MBI Members Use BirdDogHR

November 8, 2016

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: Lori Lamping, BirdDog HR, Des Moines, IA

You know that your workforce is your competitive advantage, but are you maximizing your recruiting and retention processes? BirdDogHR can help. We invite you to a product tour of BirdDogHR’s complete talent management software. Attendees will see:

  • Recruitment and Applicant Tracking: Attract skilled talent and streamline hiring
  • Onboarding: Automate HR paperwork and get employees on the job faster
  • Performance Management: Align employee goals with company goals and create a process for continual feedback
  • Online Learning Management: Enhance current skills or learn new skills
  • Succession Planning: Build a strong foundation of leaders for your company

Controlling the Silica Hazard in Construction

November 8, 2016
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

November 9, 2016
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

November 15, 2016
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

November 16, 2016
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

November 17, 2016
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenter: Aaron Walker, EagleOne Safety Solutions, Cedar, IA

Occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica occurs when cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, ceramic tiles, rock and stone products. OSHA has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

The final rule took effect on June 23, 2016 and the construction industry has one year to comply. This means all construction companies must be in compliance by June 23, 2017.

This course will provide contractors with information on their obligation to control silica on job sites and how to best comply with the silica standard to keep employees safe. The course will also include an extensive demonstration on qualitative fit testing. Qualitative fit testing is a pass/fail test method that uses your sense of taste or smell, or your reaction to an irritant in order to detect leakage into the respirator face piece. Qualitative fit testing does not measure the actual amount of leakage. Whether the respirator passes or fails the test is based simply on you detecting leakage of the test substance into your face piece.  Attendees will receive training necessary to allow them to perform qualitative respirator fit testing within their company.

Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction - A Three Part Series

December 12, 2016
Session 1 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 2 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

December 13, 2016
Session 3 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Presenter: Brad Perkins, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Construction drawings can be difficult to understand and mistakes can be costly. Being able to read and understand construction drawings is a fundamental skill for anyone involved in the construction industry. In this series, participants will gain the skills necessary to read and understand typical construction documents - blueprints and specifications.

*This is a three part series. Participants can register for the entire series to receive a discount, or register separately for only one or two of the sessions.*

Bluebeam Revu Online Training Sessions - Revu Document Control

December 14, 2016

9:30 - 11:30 am

Online Training

Presenter: Michael Breeden, Bluebeam

Bluebeam Revu delivers award-winning PDF creation, editing, markup and collaboration technology to Windows desktop and tablet users. Create and navigate smart, information-rich document sets from converted Microsoft Office and CAD files. Annotate drawings with customizable markup and measurement tools, and work on the same 2D and 3D PDFs with project partners in the office or in the field. The possibilities are endless.

Revu Document Control:

This session is designed to help you organize and manage your documents over the course of a project. You’ll be introduced to key features in Revu to help you navigate through drawings faster, detect changes, and manage revisions. This session covers AutoMark, hyperlinking, document comparison, slip-sheeting and Sets.

Webinar - Useful Software and Apps for the Field and for the Office

December 21, 2016

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: Russ Bollig, Multivista, Des Moines, IA

In this webinar we will review useful apps and software solutions that directly impact your day-to-day responsibilities in the field and in the office.  Do you wish you had more time in the day?  Involving technology in your day-to-day routines can dramatically change your ability to do more work in less time and drive efficiency.  Your day revolves around workflows from managing change orders, to schedule, to material deliveries, the submittal process, all the way to punchlist management.  Integrating new technology into your workflows and that of others on your team can sometimes be challenging, so we will also discuss ease of use versus bells and whistles.