August 28, 2016

Education & Professional Development

Overcoming the 'Fear Factor:' Building Trust in a Journey to Safety Excellence - Members-Only Webinar

August 9, 2016

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presented by:  Mike Williamsen, Caterpillar Safety Services - Peoria, IL

Where fear of reprisal exists, safety improvement is doomed. Frontline employees will not engage in safety if they believe their input will lead only to discipline or other negative repercussions. Starting in 2013, five of Caterpillar’s re-manufacturing facilities in Corinth, MS, tackled the “fear factor” that was impeding employee involvement in safety.

Through the Zero-Incident Performance (ZIP™) Process, driven by front-line employee solutions, the facilities have achieved tremendous improvement in morale, genuine engagement and leading indicator safety performance. This webinar is a case study of an organization that is no longer crippled by fear, but rather striding toward safety culture success.

Up In The Air - Legal Issues of Drones in the Construction Industry - Members-Only Webinar

September 7, 2016

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presented by: Jeff Stone, Whitfield & Eddy, PLC, Des Moines, IA

Drones are turning up with increasing frequency on construction projects taking videos of progress mapping for software programs, surveying, monitoring safety and for many more purposes. Is it really that easy? Just purchase a drone and turn it loose on your project to be more efficient? No, drone usage on a commercial construction site comes with extensive regulations, licensing, and limitations. Do you need a license to fly a drone on a commercial construction project? Who has oversight of drone usage? What approvals are required? Do I have liability coverage for drone usage?

On June 21, 2016, the FAA released the much anticipated Part 107 regulatory rules for commercial UAS use. The changes will take effect in August 2016 and will be the catalyst for massive changes in many industries. These new rules will enable anyone who satisfies the new rules to operate a UAS for commercial purposes. As a follow-up to the MBI seminar, The Drone Age…A Primer for the Commercial Construction Industry that was held in June, this webinar will address the legal issues and potential ramifications of using drones on commercial construction projects.

Mobile Crane Operator Certification - Hydraulic Fixed & Swing Cab

September 12 - 16, 2016

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Terex Cranes
106 12th Street SE
Waverly, IA 50677

Presented by: Dan Swiggum, Associated Training Services, Sun Prairie, WI

MBI has contracted with Associated Training Services (ATS), Terex Cranes and the National Commission of the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) to provide this premier crane operator course in Iowa.  Attendees of this course will be prepared for and tested on the written and practical exams for certification through NCCCO. The NCCCO crane operator certification is one of the most widely recognized crane operator certifications in the crane and lifting industry.  The Mobile Crane Operator Certification exams are designed for operators who are trained and who currently work in crane operation.  All candidates are required to pass both written and practical examinations to be certified. The initial certification period is for 5 years, after which an operator is required to recertify. Successful completion of this course and meeting the requirements for NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator Certification will assure the crane operator and his/her employer meet the OSHA certification deadline of November 10, 2017.

Working Overtime to Understand the New Overtime Final Rule - Webinar

September 14, 2016

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: Megan Erickson Moritz, Brown Winick Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently published changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations that are likely to significantly impact millions of workers. In this webinar, Megan Erickson Moritz, employment attorney with a special emphasis on FLSA compliance, will review the updated rules, discuss new employer obligations that go into effect December 1, 2016, outline some practical steps employers can and should take now to prepare for these changes, and provide some considerations to guide internal decisions about potential changes to employee classifications and/or pay and timekeeping practices.

While the primary focus of this webinar will be related to the DOL’s recent changes to the Executive, Administrative, and Professional (“EAP”) exemptions, we will also touch upon a handful of other common overtime compliance challenges for employers in the construction industry. This webinar is geared to business owners, human resources professionals, in-house attorneys, and anyone else interested in learning about the new overtime requirements under the FLSA.

Bluebeam Revu Demonstration - Webinar

September 22, 2016

10:30 - 11:30 am


Presenter: Ben Hestermann, Bluebeam, Pasadena, CA

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.

Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction

September 23, 2016
Session 1 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 2 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
September 30, 2016
Session 3 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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 part of 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 Basics & Studio

October 11, 2016

9:30 - 11:30 am


Presenter: Michael Breeden, Bluebeam, Pasadena, CA

This session is designed to introduce new users to the core features of Bluebeam Revu. You will learn the foundational skills necessary to organize, markup, edit, collaborate and track comments in a PDF drawing set.


  • Understand the benefits of using PDF files.
  • Learn how to view, markup and edit PDF files.
  • Understand how to use profiles and create custom markup tool sets and stamps.
  • Track comments made to PDF documents in the markups list.
  • Create a Studio Session for real-time collaboration and document review.
  • Set up a Studio Project for storing and sharing document files.

Bluebeam Revu Online Training Sessions - Revu Document Control

December 14, 2016

9:30 - 11:30 am


Presenter: Michael Breeden, Bluebeam, Pasadena, CA

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.


  • Generate page labels and bookmarks automatically within a combined document using automark.
  • Use places to manually hyperlink drawing sheets to details.
  • Link markups directly to response documents.
  • Detect changes in revised drawings or sets using compare documents, batch compare documents, overlay pages, and batch overlay.
  • Understand the difference between a set and a multi-page PDF document.
  • Create a set file and use filters to manage drawing revisions.

Bluebeam Revu Online Training Sessions - Revu Measurements & Takeoffs

February 21, 2017

9:30 - 11:30 am


Presenter: Michael Breeden, Bluebeam, Pasadena, CA

Use Revu’s measurement tools to do estimating and takeoffs on your PDF files. Learn how to calibrate your drawing set, find items using VisualSearch, and apply count measurements. Streamline your estimating workflow by creating custom columns to calculate material and labor costs and generate summary reports to distribute data to key project team members.


  • Learn how to use the calibration command in the measurement panel.
  • Create area, length, perimeter and volume measurements.
  • Visually search documents to count items in a drawing.
  • Create custom columns in the markups list for estimation.
  • Learn how to filter and sort markups in the markups list and export takeoff data to Excel.