houstonThe 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis will be held June 23-24, 2009 and the 3-Day TapRooT®/Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Failure Analysis will be held June 23-25, 2009.

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.

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

http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=664&l=1.

For more information and to register for the 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis, visit http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=663&l=1.

Houston is a city that sparkles, and the attractions, dining, shopping, and outdoor excursions are endless. With a population of more than 2 million, the city is always on the go. The bustle of Houston offers visitors many options for fun, and the beauty of the region and mild climate are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.

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 1940 Air Terminal Museum is the only educational institution in Houston dedicated to promoting the city’s significant civil aviation history. The terminal is a beautiful and rare example of classic art deco airport architecture from the golden age of flight.

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.  

The Armand Bayou Nature Center is an astonishingly beautiful part of the Texas Gulf Coast. Visitors can learn about indigenous plant and animal inhabitants, bird-watch, hike on the Nature Center’s trails, or view the live animal displays of snakes, spiders, hawks, and bison.

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!

The Downtown Aquarium is a 500,000-gallon underwater adventure complex that includes a Ferris wheel, an aquatic carousel, Shark Voyage, a white tiger exhibit, and a restaurant. The aquarium boasts more than 200 species of marine life.

Gulf Greyhound Park offers live greyhound racing and pari-mutuel wagering 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.

Haak Vineyards & Winery is a modern, 11,000 square-foot Mediterranean-style commercial winery with daily free tours and tastings. Enjoy a tour of the beautiful vineyards and winery and then check out the gift shop. Visitors can also relax and have lunch on the picnic grounds.

The North Lake Conroe Paddling Company is a unique kayak outfitter with lakefront property offering year-round rentals of solo, sit-on-top kayaks for recreation, touring, birding, and fishing.

Buffalo Bayou is a 52-mile slow-moving waterway and is the perfect destination for outdoor recreation near downtown Houston. It is one of the few bayous left in central Houston, and it contains an incredibly diverse urban ecosystem supporting dozens of native species of flora and fauna.

Houston Restaurants

El Tiempo Cantina (Mexican cuisine)

Agora (Greek cuisine)

Amazón Grill (Latin cuisine)

Arcodoro (Italian cuisine)

Baker St. Pub & Grill (English pub)

Café Annie (Bistro dining)

Brenner’s Steakhouse (A Houston tradition since 1936)

Golfing in Houston

Brock Park

Cypresswood Golf Club

The Hermann Park Golf Course

Augusta Pines

BlackHorse Golf Club

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

http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=664&l=1.

For more information and to register for the 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis, visit http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=663&l=1.