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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.

Webinar: Facility Design – Maximizing Efficiency and Throughput

Dr. Kurt Rosentrater, PhD
Dr. Kurt Rosentrater, executive director and CEO of the Distillers Grains Technology Council

Learn how to maximize efficiency and thorughput through facility design in this free webinar from GEAPS and Grain Journal recorded Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.   Grain elevator facilities have grown and evolved from simple storage sites to large, high throughput and highly automated processing plants. Learn how to design and prioritize short- and long-term plans […]

Utilizing Laser Scanning with your Next Facility Project

Ross McEllhiney
project manager, Louis Dreyfus Company

Are you planning your next facility project? Learn the benefits of using new technology and planning approaches in this free webinar from GEAPS and Grain Journal.

Utilizing Laser Scanning with your Next Facility Project

Ross McEllhiney
Project Manager, Louis Dreyfus Company

Are you planning your next facility project? This session reviewed the benefits of using technology and new planning approaches. The combination of 3D laser scanning and 3D equipment modeling allows for greatly improved designs and installation accuracy. 3D laser cloud points eliminate the need for as-built drawings and greatly improves design accuracy. Proper use of 3D scans can reduce the engineering cost by as much as 50% and construction cost by 15-20%. 3D Modeling, laser scanning, drones, and modern modeling software have created complete virtual reality versions of our facilities and design accuracies of +/- 1/2 inch across an entire facility.

Energy Supply Options for Grain Drying

Boyden Kneen
General Manager, Utility Energy Systems

Sometimes grain elevators with dryers have a limited allocation of natural gas if they are connected to a common gas line. An SNG system allows you to add an extra layer of capacity to run dryers at full capacity when specifically needed (during peak dryer times). The session explained what an SNG system includes, how it works, and common challenges. Examples of past projects and solutions were highlighted along with horror and success stories.

Facility Design: Maximizing Efficiency and Throughput

Dr. Kurt Rosentrater, PhD
Associate Professor, Iowa State University

Grain elevator facilities have grown and evolved from simple storage sites to large, high-throughput, and highly automated processing plants. This trend is driven by the consolidation of country elevators due in part to local economic conditions and changing railroad regulations. Increased demand for grain storage space, especially as yearly harvests increase, is another reason for this growth. 

Why Bolts Matter: Facility Inspection Overview

Michael Blough
Project Engineer, Clear Creek & Associates

Understanding something like a facility inspection from a different point of view can be enlightening. Inspections can seem overwhelming, especially for a large facility, but taking simple steps and addressing specific areas makes the review more manageable. Be prepared for issues by understanding things that a structural engineer typically looks for during concrete and steel storage inspections. Learn about monitoring methods and inspection tasks, repairs typically recommended after an inspection, and the structural life expectancy for concrete and steel storage.

Webinar: Facility Design: Maximizing Efficiency and Throughput

Dr. Kurt Rosentrater, PhD
executive director and CEO, Distillers Grains Technology Council and associate professor, Iowa State University

Grain elevators have evolved from mere storage sites to large, high-throughput, highly automated processing plants. With this presentation, engineers and designers should become familiar with the distinctive design process for these facilities and develop an appropriate reference base.

Webinar: Five Common Bottlenecks in Grain Facilities

Doug Rohkohl
associate/senior designer, VAA, LLC | associate/senior civil engineer, VAA, LLC
Pat Koehnen
associate/senior designer, VAA, LLC | associate/senior civil engineer, VAA, LLC

Generally, our society has grown to continually demand results that are bigger, better and produced faster – and the grain material handling industry is no exception. This webinar shares five facility “pinch points” that could impact safety, production and dollars.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.