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Search summaries of educational sessions from GEAPS Exchange events. Members who couldn’t attend our annual event or are interested in specific topics will find these summaries very helpful.

The Inseparable Nature of Inspection and Maintenance

Christopher Wortmann, PE
owner, NOHR Wortmann Engineering

As structures age, they become more prone to faults and failures which, if not identified during an inspection and maintained properly, could lead to major issues and asset loss. This will focus on the vital role that regular, knowledgeable inspections and qualified maintenance have in the reduction and prevention of structural failures in grain storage facilities.

Partnering in the Process: Effectively Managing a Construction Project

Gregory Franzen, LEED, AP
business development manager, Faithful+Gould

The process of project management is imperative to the success of construction in the grain handling and processing industry. This guide will introduce the basic partnering process, review the characteristics of high performing teams, explain the purpose and content of a partnering meeting, and define the components necessary for a team to succeed.

The ABC’s of Variable Frequency Drives: Application, Benefits and Cost Effectiveness

Steve Reed
vice president safety and engineering, Kasa Controls & Automation

Many people misapply Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) in grain and feed facilities. This guide will focus on the basics of VFD technology and how they can help facility operations if used correctly.

An Exploration of New Technology for Design and Construction

PCL Construction Enterprises Inc.

We’ve all seen drones flying above concerts and sporting events, but have you ever considered how this type of technology could be used to enhance your company? Learn what newer technologies are avilable to the industry and gain an overview of some important considerations if planning to use them.

Energy Management: Making Energy Savings a Reality

Syd Panzer
production manager, Konnection, a division of KASA Companies

You wouldn’t walk up to a blackjack table and play if you didn’t know the rules, would you? Gain an understanding of industrial power, identify topics and questions to discuss with your utility provider and look at implementation strategies.

Preventing Loss with Construction Quality Control Plans

Ryan Michalek
PE, LEED AP, risk management property engineer, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

It is surprising how often new construction grain bins show up in property claims loss data. Find out how to use Construction Quality Control Plans to prevent risk, mitigate potential loss and improve the quality of your next project.

Choosing Storage Options Part I: Concrete vs. Steel Bins

Joshua Munson
president, Clear Creek & Associates Inc

You need to add storage, but how do you choose the right material? Examine the pros and cons of concrete and steel storage, the evolution of bin design and construction and the effects of seismic activity and wind. Compare cost, layout and longevity.

Successful Automation Systems for Grain Handling

Josh Coder
president, Control Stuff Inc

Grain handling automation is not a new concept. Find out how to plan, implement and maintain a successful automation system that will protect your people and assets while increasing your efficiencies and bottom line.

Training the Trainer: Learning How to Communicate, Educate and Coordinate with Local Emergency Responders

Jason Holland
faculty fire science instructor and retired division chief of training, Hutchinson Community College

Do you know who can protect and save you at your facility? Get a more proactive approach in learning how to communicate, educate and coordinate with local responders during emergencies that might happen at your facility.

Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About LED Lighting

Jaron Vande Hoef
PE, LEED AP, senior project manager, BD principal, Interstates Companies

LED lighting technology is always changing and has made immense strides during recent years. Read about five new ideas you may not have known about LED lighting. Gain new insights into the possibilities of LED lighting in grain handling facilities.

Choosing Grain Bin Support for Soft Soils

Charles Allgood
PE, principal engineer, Ground Improvement Engineering

A good first step for expansion planning is determining soil conditions. Learn the roles of geotechnical engineering consultants, the purpose of geotechnical explorations, what can be deciphered from soil reports and analyses, as well as the importance of ground improvement and mitigation options.

The Benefits of Whole Chain Traceability: Implementation and Evaluation

Brian Adam
professor, Oklahoma State University

Have you wondered how “whole chain traceability” might impact your operation? Learn the economic benefits and challenges of using big data in whole chain traceability, which could improve food safety, supply chain management and value-added opportunities.

Upper Mississippi River Navigation Mission: USACE

Rob Davinroy
chief of the Applied River Engineering Center, US Army Corp of Engineers

Using the upper Mississippi River to transport grain is efficient and vital to our industry. As the environment is under increased focus, we want to ensure reliable navigation channels, positive fish and wildlife benefits and future economic and environmental sustainability. Learn how this can be done.

Top Regulatory Issues Facing the Grain, Feed and Processing Industry in 2015

Jess McCluer
director of safety and regulatory affairs, National Grain and Feed Association

The grain industry continues to operate within the framework of regulations. It’s critical to understand how additional OSHA enforcement, rulemaking for combustible dust, the Globally Harmonized Standard (GHS) for Labelling and other changes affect your operation.

Steel Grain Bin Management

Kirk Nelson
director of marketing and sales, Behlen Mfg Co

Grain bin managers, maintenance personnel and operators will find this topic beneficial. The fundamentals of proper steel grain bin operation and maintenance are covered focusing on installation, site considerations, safety and management.

Site Preparation for Large Grain Storage

Scott Renaud
PE, director of site development, FOX Engineering Associates, Inc

Prior to the start of any large and expensive grain storage project, preparation is key. Learn the general requirements for any site development, including gathering information, getting permits and choosing an engineer.

Inspection and Maintenance of Concrete Facilities

Cheyenne Wohlford
president and CEO, CCS Group LLC

Is your grain elevator reaching its structural life expectancy of 30 years? Determine how wear and tear, the weather and other factors are causing deterioration. Understand the importance of maintenance, inspections and prospective repair methods.

Electrical Efficiency in Grain Facilities

Robert Fletcher
associate professor of mechanical engineering, Lawrence Technical University

It takes a lot of energy to receive, store, aerate and transfer grain, so profits can be small. Reducing operational handling costs is critical to assure profitability. Explore ways that could help you monitor energy use and make small changes for bigger profits.

Design Build vs. Design Bid Build

Brian Utoft
associate and senior designer, VVA LLC

The debate continues between the Design Build vs. the Design Bid Build construction delivery methods. Compare and contrast the two approaches to help you make an informed decision for your next construction project.

Demolition Engineering

Arthur Moeller
president and CEO, Moeller Engineering LLC

Control your demolition. Aging structures, and the need to make room for progress or rebuilding from damage, can spur a facility demolition. Structural surveys, permits, authority notifications, safety, and the roles and responsibilities of contractors and owners are explained.

Mycotoxin Control Strategies for Commercial Grain Facilities

Dr. Erin Bowers
post-doctoral research associate, Iowa State University

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is changing the U.S. food and feed safety focus. Rather than reacting to food and feed safety outbreaks after they occur, the goal is to prevent incidences or halt their impact. Find out more and learn how Mycotoxins are hazards.

What Causes Corrugated Bins to Fail?

Rod Carpenter
senior partner, Clear Creek & Associates Inc

Secure your corrugated bin! They can fail for many reasons including design flaws, weather and improper usage or maintenance. Understand risk factors such as hole misalignment in body sheets, tolerance in stiffener shape and length, rust and poor soil quality.

Inspection and Maintenance of Aging Concrete Silos

Arthur Moeller
president and CEO, Moeller Engineering LLC

The years are beginning to take a toll on older concrete bin structures and many are at risk of structural failure. The industry continues to use these structures as if they were newly built and yet ask the question,”why do they fail?” Learn how to reduce the risk of failure in older concrete bins.

Before it Breaks…..Fix it

Dave Utzinger
director of business development, McCormick Construction Co

Creating and sustaining an effective preventive-maintenance program requires time, parts, money and labor. Examine preventive maintenance in an older facility including capacity demands, maintenance schedules, staffing and the usefulness of a daily “walk-through”.

Building Sound Foundations: Beyond Concrete and Rebar

Mark Workman
senior structural engineer, Clear Creek and Associates Inc

Taller grain bins require a stronger foundation. This summary outlines key factors for creating strong and suitable foundations by emphasizing preparation, planning and knowledge. Site requirements, geotechnical reports, foundation types and much more are covered.

Cutting Energy Costs at Your Grain Facility

Gary Ambach
director of energy programs, Micheals Energy

Energy costs can take a serious bite out of a company’s bottom line, but the pain can be mitigated with modest investments in time and equipment. This session discusses how the grain industry and other industries are increasing energy efficiency, and how to get the most out of an energy audit. It will also provide examples of potential savings opportunities–immediately and over the long term.

Steel Bin Construction, Use and Maintenance

Sid Fey
property risk management director, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co

This session provides expert advice on the construction, use and maintenance of corrugated steel grain bins. Included in the presentation are thoughts and ideas on the construction of foundations and tunnels, identification of the critical connection points of corrugated steel grain bins, the proper methods of loading and unloading and the proper use of sidewall unloading, and recommendations on the inspection and maintenance of corrugated steel grain bins.

Fan-Tastic: Cutting Energy Costs Out Of Thin Air

Thomas Godbey
Donaldson Co Inc

A significant portion (sometimes up to 50 percent) of motor energy consumed in a grain operation is consumed by air-moving equipment. Yet, little thought is given to reducing these energy costs for existing systems, system expansions or improvements, or for new systems. This presentation looks into component parts involved, determine which variables can be controlled, examine dollar savings for each possibility, and then review some real-world examples.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program

Kevin Gilheany
Maritime Compliance International LLC

The Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard are implementing a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program which will have a significant impact on many waterfront facilities and vessels. There are things that can be done to minimize the impact of the TWIC regulations that operators should be aware of. This session enables company personnel to develop a comprehensive plan to implement TWIC requirements at their facilities and on board their vessels.