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GEAPS 511: Grain Facilities Planning and Design II

Next course offering: May 23-June 24, 2016

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Course Description: Facilities and Planning Design II is the second of two GEAPS/K-State courses developed to help grain industry professionals understand key issues relating to planning and designing grain facilities. The course goes beyond the basics, and is intended for people with some experience dealing with grain facility planning and design considerations, or who have completed GEAPS 510: Facilities Planning and Design I. GEAPS 511 was developed in 2014 and 2015, and is a complete remake of the original GEAPS 511 course.

Course Goals: GEAPS 511 is designed to provide a practical, real-world foundation for grain industry operations professionals responsible for helping plan and design grain facilities. It will enable improved input into decision-making across a wide range of plan-design considerations, including facility siting, rail and track layout, automation and control systems, safety and security, plumbing and lighting, temporary storage, roofing and waterproofing and improvement/expansion projects. While GEAPS 511 will cover topics not addressed in GEAPS 510, its companion course, it will also reconsider some of the GEAPS 510 topics in more depth.

Target Audience: This course is intended for grain operations professionals with decision-making duties relating to how grain facilities and their internal systems and layouts are planned and designed. The course is recommended for those who have completed GEAPS 510 or have equivalent experience, and is not for beginners. Specifically, it is designed for operational management — people with a professional need to provide input into planning and designing a new grain facility, or expanding or retrofitting an existing facility.


Fred Fairchild, professor emeritus, Kansas State University Department of Grain Science and Industry | Show Bio

Mike Eldridge, rail manager, Ameritrack Rail | Show Bio

Colin Martin, automation project manager, Stockdales Electric Motor Co. | Show Bio

Peter Walker | Show Bio

Greg Thirnbeck, senior vice president, technical services, of D.C. Taylor Co. | Show Bio

Josh Spegel, safety and security director, Michigan Agricultural Commodities | Show Bio

Bob Marlow, Central Region operations manager, The Andersons, Inc. | Show Bio

Bob Klare, director of international development, River Consulting LLC | Show Bio

The Course of Study

Week 1
Lecture 1: Site Requirements
Lecture 1 will take an in-depth look at site selection. It will address soil sampling, foundations, drainage and engineering controls; areas needed to effectively locate scales, dump sites, probes, and other systems or equipment; allowing enough space for effective traffic flow; public access and access for the handicapped; office-space, laboratory and recordkeeping needs; and site-selection and design issues that pertain to getting along with neighbors.
Lecturer: Fred Fairchild

Lecture 2: Rail Planning and Track Layout
This lecture will investigate how to plan and design for effective rail service into and around a grain facility, calculate the areas and dimensions needed to accommodate rail access, and discuss optimal track layout and coordinating plans with the railroads. The lecture will emphasize the need to ensure that designs match internal circumstances relating to switching capacity, car-handling equipment, and the type of locomotives in use or that would be required for expanded handling capacity.
Lecturer: Mike Eldridge

Week 2
Lecture 3: Selection and Application of Sensing Units
Lecture 3 is the first of two lectures about sensors, and how they influence facility design. It will discuss various sensor types used in grain facilities, what types of signals they emit, how to coordinate sensor use, where the sensors should be mounted, and safety and insurance requirements and considerations.
Lecturer: Colin Martin

Lecture 4: How to Use and Manage Sensor Information
Continuing the discussion, Lecture 4 will cover two main topics. Part 1 will address designing for the relationship between sensor location, computer automation systems, and follow-up. In what parts of a grain facility should alarms sound? Will someone be needed to respond in all cases, without fail? How is the sensor and alarm information stored? When a signal goes off, what is the process for addressing the cause and appropriately tracking the information?  Part 2 will discuss how to plan and design for facility automation and controls in a retrofit. How do you integrate the existing equipment?
Lecturer: Colin Martin

Week 3
Lecture 5: Designing for Safety
This lecture will discuss safety considerations when planning a new facility or expanding or upgrading an older one. What’s the best way to plan for reducing hazards, complying with the rules and regulations, access control, equipment guarding, catwalks, manholes, trip-lines, stop cords and explosion venting and suppression.
Lecturer: Peter Walker

Lecture 6: Designing for Security
Security at grain facilities has become increasingly important in recent years, and effective design can go a long way toward keeping intruders at bay. However, it’s also important to recognize early in the design process that a cookie-cutter approach to security will not work. Grain facilities differ too greatly in type, style, layout, size, location and points of access, and most (including yours) will have unique security needs. This lecture will help grain-facility planners and designers identify key security considerations, and prompt essential questions about gates, perimeter fencing, theft-detection, video surveillance and other security requirements and options.
Lecturer: Josh Spegel

Week 4
Lecture 7: Planning for Retrofit and Expansion
If you’re adding to an existing facility or upgrading equipment, it’s advisable to take a good hard look at just about everything. This lecture will discuss primary considerations when planning for an equipment retrofit or an expansion. How much additional capacity will be needed in the various facility systems? What sizes of motors will be required to move additional volumes of grain? What would be the most efficient motors for your retrofit or expansion? What types and capacities of conveyance equipment? How much additional space will you need, and where will you need it? What type of interfaces and connections are needed between the old and new? How do you ensure that existing and new equipment is compatible and can handle expanded capacities and speeds?
Lecturer: Fred Fairchild

Lecture 8: Roofing Design, Waterproofing and Coatings
The selection and installation of an appropriate roof system is critical for grain protection and worker safety. Grain operations professionals will need to consider a range of factors that are unique to their situation and needs during the planning process.  This lecture will discuss a variety of roofing materials, their purpose and characteristics, and the challenges and benefits of using them. Students will evaluate roof decks in terms of their suitability as a substrate and roof membranes in terms of their resistance to weather, durability and serviceability. Project planning and execution will also be covered, including selecting contractors and identifying potential access and loading obstacles.
Lecturer: Greg Thirnbeck

Week 5
Lecture 9: Temporary Storage
Numerous types of temporary storage systems have been devised over the past several years, and many grain companies are making them essential parts of the storage strategies the company may be using. This lecture will discuss how to select the best type and construction for a specific location and needs.
Lecturer: Bob Marlow

Lecture 10: Utilities
This lecture will investigate options for utilities systems in grain facilities, and how they need to be taken into full consideration in the planning stages of a green-field or expansion project. Topics will include electrical service, water and plumbing, fuel sources for heating and drying, compressed air and related matters. What are the costs?
Lecturer: Bob Klare

Details about the conference schedule for Exchange 2015 in St. Louis, Feb. 21-24, will be posted when available. Preliminary plans are for the schedule to follow the same format as recent conferences.