houston-txThe 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis will be held January 27-28, 2010, and the 3-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis will be held January 27-29, 2010.

In just a few short days you will learn the basics of the TapRooT® System for finding the root causes of problems PLUS, if you stay the extra day, you’ll learn the Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting Technique for Root Cause Failure Analysis of Equipment Problems. Once you find the real root causes using this systematic process, learn to develop effective fixes that will keep problems from happening again.

Additionally, if you have already taken the 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis course, you can sign up for the 1-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis course on January 29. Find the root causes of equipment and machinery problems at industrial plants including utilities, petrochemical plants, manufacturing facilities, or refineries.

For more information and to register for the 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis, click here.

For more information and to register for the 3-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis, click here.

For more information and to register for the 1-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis, click here.  (**Please note: You must first have attended a 2 or 5-Day TapRooT® course that was taught by a System Improvements instructor in order to attend this course.)

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States, the largest city within the state of Texas, and “the energy capital of the world.” As of the 2008 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a population of 2.2 million within an area of 600 square miles. Houston is the seat of Harris County and the economic center of the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area—the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with a population over 5.7 million. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston)

Quirky and fun, Houston boasts some very unique attractions: a house covered in beer cans, a monument dedicated to the orange, the world’s oldest and largest Art Car parade, and even a museum dedicated to the funeral industry. Consider some of these suggestions when visiting Houston:

The Houston Museum District attracts more than seven million visitors each year and is considered to be one of the top cultural districts in the country. Eighteen institutions make up the Houston Museum District, and 11 are free all the time.

Battleship Texas is the last of the battleships to participate in World War I and II. It became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. in 1948. The battleship is now permanently anchored on the Buffalo Bayou and the busy Houston Ship Channel.

The Beer Can House is a folk art gallery and workshop consisting of more than 50,000 beer cans. The house is blanketed with beer cans and the lawn with concrete blocks inlaid with bits of colorful glass. The owner also drilled holes in the redwood fence, filling the spaces with marbles. Clinking curtains hanging on the porch are made out of the cans’ pull-tabs. Truly a must-see!

Gulf Greyhound Park offers live greyhound racing year-round, rain or shine. The park offers a variety of dining and viewing options and also includes 318 teller windows and more than 1,100 closed-circuit televisions.

Galveston Island State Park is less than an hour from Houston and features 2000 acres of surf, beach, dunes, coastal prairie, fresh-water ponds, wetlands, and bay shoreline. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including spoonbills, tree frogs, egrets, coyotes, sandpipers, pelicans and more.

tablesetting-picDining in Houston:

Mark’s American Cuisine is located in a 1920’s renovated church and was voted as Houston’s most romantic restaurant. The menu changes often to incorporate only the freshest ingredients. Try the Kobe Beef Osso Bucco, Copper River Salmon, FRESH Alaskan King Crab Legs, or Spiney Lobster Tails.

The Monument Inn specializes in Fresh Gulf Coast Seafood and offers a wide array of pastas, beef and chicken. One of Houston’s most popular restaurants, patrons will enjoy the menu and the location, overlooking the exciting Houston Ship Channel.

The Empire Turkish Grill offers authentic Turkish cuisine that has received rave reviews: “Empire Grill was a wonderful experience! The food, service, decor, everything was great. We definitely will return to this restaurant. We had the lamb which was some of the best we’ve had in a long time…we highly recommend this restaurant!”

Max’s Wine Dive is something every visitor to Houston should experience. Serving “gourmet comfort food,” Max’s is a place where you can enjoy a unique menu and an extensive wine list. All wines are available for retail sale and by the glass. On the menu, you will find everything from Texas chili, pot roast, and fried chicken to wild boar pasta and pan seared salmon.

Bistro Le Cep is French country cooking at its best. Try traditional favorites like Steak au Poivre or Bouillabaisse à la Marseillaise, a Southern France specialty made with fresh fish and shellfish simmered with onions, saffron, fennel, leeks, garlic, olive oil and fresh herbs.

For more information and to register for the 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis, click here.

For more information and to register for the 3-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis, click here.

For more information and to register for the 1-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis, click here. (**Please note: You must first have attended a 2 or 5-Day TapRooT® course that was taught by a System Improvements instructor in order to attend this course.)