The International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials said recently that it’s on track to bring its 87th annual Education and Business Conference to Albuquerque’s picturesque Hyatt Regency Hotel Sept. 25-29.

Over the years, the conference has evolved into a showcase highlighting the talents of IAPMO staff and volunteers, said IAPMO President Bruce Pfeffer. “The IAPMO Conference Planning and Special Projects Committee, in conjunction with IAPMO staff, have again been given the unenviable task of trying to surpass the events from last year’s conference in Las Vegas,” Pfeffer said.

“During the week, while members are tending to association business, the CPSPC will be providing companions of attendees opportunities to attend interesting and exciting events and outings, many with a local flair. From the annual Roscoe King Memorial Golf Tournament to the closing Installation of Officers Banquet, the IAPMO conference has become one of the yearly highpoints for inspectors, installers, design professionals, and manufacturers,” he said.

This year’s conference is set to feature educational opportunities for those wanting to stay abreast of the latest information related to the plumbing and mechanical trades. As an added bonus, all of the classes offered will have continuing education units associated with them, IAPMO said. 

The Opening session will include a presentation by George McGraw, founder and executive director of DIGDEEP. McGraw’s organization helps communities build and manage their own water utilities. While many of DIGDEEP’s projects are focused on providing clean water for third world countries, it is with pride that they claim to be the only global organization that provides those same services to communities in the United States. One of those communities happens to be right outside the Albuquerque area.

One of the undisputed highlights of the event will be IAPMO’s Assembly Consideration Session, an opportunity for attendees to advocate their positions on particular proposed code changes. This session will follow procedures that are very similar to those of the Technical Meeting Convention during the final year of a code development cycle. The major difference with the assembly consideration session is that everyone in the assembly will have the ability to propose a motion to the committee actions published in the Report on Proposals.

“The Uniform Codes depend upon input from all industry stakeholders,” said Lynne Simnick, SVP of Code Development. “The open consensus process welcomes your position on proposed code changes. Through these efforts the Uniform Codes are strengthened and updated with emerging technologies in the various industries we serve.”

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