GEAPS, K-State May Courses Cover Facility Planning/Design, Preventing Explosions and Process Flow Diagrams
Registration is now open for three courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (K-State) Distance Education Program. These online courses run from May 14 – June 18, and registration closes Wednesday, May 8. Courses are open to anyone, even if they are not a GEAPS member or a student enrolled at K-State. Online registration and more information on courses are available on the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program website.
This advanced course provides a practical, real-world foundation for operations professionals responsible for helping plan and design grain facilities. Lectures cover site selection, rail planning, safety, security, roofing, storage and other considerations. Some lectures revisit topics from GEAPS 510: Facilities Planning and Design I in more depth.
The most effective way to prevent grain-dust explosions is to understand in detail what causes them, and then take sustained action to factor down the risks.
This course focuses on interpretation, use and creation of process-flow diagrams, especially in grain handling and processing facilities. It will discuss the purposes, benefits and limitations of flow diagrams, and investigate how diagrams depict processes in facilities devoted to grain-handling, feed processing, grain dry milling and wet-process separation. At the end of the course, students will be required to develop a relatively simple flow chart.
GEAPS and K-State are continually looking to improve courses in the Distance Education Program. As a result, several courses are currently being updated, and two courses are being postponed to allow more time for enhancement.
GEAPS 525 Management of Pests in Stored Grain, originally scheduled for May, will be available in August. GEAPS 554: Grain Elevator Equipment/Maintenance, originally scheduled for June, will instead be available in October.
“It is important that our courses provide great value to participants,” said Chris Blair, New Cooperative, Greater Iowa, chair of GEAPS education committee. “It’s unfortunate that we had to push these courses back, but the additional time will help us ensure we are offering the best, most engaging training possible.”