Knowledge Resource Center
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 RespondersJason 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.