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Opening Workshop: Why Are They Still Entering Grain Bins? @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 10 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

No matter how well you are prepared, entering a grain bin is a risk. Take it from a survivor, who will share a first-hand account of how fast a grain bin entrapment can happen. This in-depth workshop examines why entrapments occur and how to prevent them.  The discussion also covers new technology, equipment, trends, procedures and safety equipment to use when grain bin entry is necessary.

This session will help make your facility safer.

Presented by:

Carol Jones, Professor and Buchanan Chair, Oklahoma State University

Jeff Decker, President, Decker Consulting & Investigations

Human Performance Reliability in Relationship to Safety @ Convention Center - 293
Mar 11 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Imagine if we knew the location of operational risk for human error, allowing us to proactively address critical situations and prevent harm to people or catastrophic events. A new applied-neuroscience approach allows for the delivery of powerful solutions that target a new class of risk/exposure.

This session focuses on how we can use the brain to predict, forecast, and prevent safety risk across an organization. Participants will have a new appreciation for risks as they currently exist and potential impacts on the brain and neuro activity.

Presented by:

Phillip Belcher, Principal Consultant, DEKRA

Understanding and Managing Generations @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 11 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Their reputations precede them. Millennials are entitled and lazy, Gen X can’t get along, and Baby Boomers are just out of touch. It’s time to stop listening to these negative stereotypes and let this workshop set the record straight!

Learn about the strengths and challenges associated with each generation so that you can better manage coworkers and understand your family (and maybe even your children).

Presented by:

Carlie Crouch, Learning and Development Manager, Perdue AgriBusiness

Why Bolts Matter: Facility Inspection Overview @ Convention Center - 291
Mar 11 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

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.

Presented by:

Michael Blough, Project Engineer, Clear Creek & Associates

Expo Pod 4: Pipe Conveyor Technology and Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

What underutilized and environmentally friendly equipment can move bulk materials in a variety of applications over long distances, minimize clean-up tasks, and keep employees safe? Pipe conveyors completely enclose the material being conveyed, which keeps personnel safe while performing conveyor inspections during normal operations.

This presentation covers pipe conveyor technology including design, capabilities, and benefits. Attendees will learn how the pipe conveyor can negotiate different terrains and avoid obstacles by using both horizontal and vertical curves.

Presented by:

Jason Illum, Project Development Manager, Bedeschi Mid-West Conveyor

Expo Pod 4: Hazard Monitoring Equipment and OSHA Requirements @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

It’s important to keep current on OSHA requirements for hazard monitoring, and that’s where this session begins. A life size bucket elevator will be used to demonstrate the required OSHA motion, bearing, and belt mis-alignment devices, locations, and applications. See a successful sensor installation. Learn about new installation testing and verification, ongoing maintenance procedures, and alert and alarm notification methods using a PC and monitor. Finally, watch a data acquisition demonstration to create a predictive maintenance schedule.

Presented By:

Scott Chant, President, Safe-Grain Inc

Maintaining Grain Quality Through Well Designed and Managed Aeration Systems @ Convention Center - 291
Mar 11 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Aeration is one of the most common and safest techniques used to preserve stored grains quality without chemicals. Aeration is environmentally friendly and cost-effective, and it can significantly prevent kernel deterioration and grain losses due to insect and mold infestations. Without the necessary design knowledge and understanding, this technology cannot be implemented at its full capacity.

Starting with basic principles and physics, this presentation provides a guideline to achieve the best performance of aeration, accounting for stored grains peculiarities, ecosystems, and ambient conditions.

Presented by:

Francesco Selva, Technical Manager, AG Growth Int. – FRAME srl

Understanding and Preventing Severe Injuries and Fatalities (SIF) @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 11 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Despite declining injury rates, severe incidents and workplace fatalities (SIF) are on the rise. Understand ways to identify the precursors to SIF incidents, and discuss potential SIF incidents in the grain industry. Look at data using predictive analytics to expose where a company may have the most exposure to SIFs.

This session is a “must attend” for anyone working with safety, risk assessment, or injury prevention.

Presented by:


From Safety Policy to Passion: Increasing Employee Engagement @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 11 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This session explores the evolution from a traditional safety culture to an engaged culture owned and driven by an empowered and impassioned workforce. Traditional (lagging indicators) and innovative (leading indicators) performance metrics will be reviewed. Participants will discuss real-world challenges using actual examples.

This session is intended for experienced safety and operations leaders seeking to accomplish world-class performance levels sustained by an engaged workforce.

Presented by:

Joe Melton, Director of Consulting Services, DEKRA

William (Bill) Spreeman, VP Safety-Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Agtegra Cooperative

Talent Acquisition: On-Boarding New Talent; Thoughts From an Academic Perspective @ Convention Center - 291
Mar 11 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

More than 20% of our workforce may be eligible to retire during the next five years. Is your organization prepared for this impending gap? What is working well, and where do you need help? Industry and academia should work together to ensure there is a pipeline of talent for our industry.

This session covers key components to consider when the Baby Boomer population exits our industry.

Presented by:

Dr. Andrew ‘Dewey’ Mann, Lecturer/Advisor, The Ohio State University

Farm to Flush @ Convention Center - 293
Mar 12 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Prepare to think differently!

Explore the complex and interdependent systems that make up the global food system. Learn about the impacts on agriculture, transportation, business, and other elements if any part of the system fails or faces unplanned circumstances. Participants will be challenged to expand beyond typical thinking and consider sociological and psychological inputs when decision making during challenging circumstances.

Presented by:

Maureen Olewnik, Coordinator-Global Food Systems Initiative, Kansas State University

Rail Design: On Track Insights for Your Site @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 12 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Rail design influences facility and process operations, ranging from on-site truck flow to personnel safety and overall site layout. Creating a strategy for rail components during the early phases of a project allows the design to work to the best advantage of facility owners and managers.

This presentation covers a range of rail-related design details and things to avoid. Learn about the benefit of coordinating all receiving/loadout options, advice for meeting stringent railroad requirements, and the process of incorporating rail on existing sites.

Presented by:

Quin Vincent, Partner, VAA, LLC.

Saving Cost by Monitoring Fumigations @ Convention Center - 295
Mar 12 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Fumigation can be one of the best ways to deal with pests in stored grain. Fumigants can also be costly, especially if they are not applied using standardized methods and monitored closely. Explore these commonly used methods and the best ways to monitor fumigation to save money and achieve the most impact. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to get the best results from fumigants and ensure everyone involved remains safe.

Presented by:

Rahul Singh, President, Uniphos Envirotronic PVT, Ltd.

Energy Supply Options for Grain Drying @ Convention Center - 295
Mar 12 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

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 explains what an SNG system includes, how it works, and common challenges. Examples of past projects and solutions will be highlighted along with horror and success stories.

Presented by:

Boyden Kneen, General Manager, Utility Energy Systems

How Tired is Too Tired? How Fatigue is Impacting Your Business @ Convention Center - 291
Mar 12 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

Fatigue is a factor in workplace productivity and increases the risk of employee incidents and injuries. One study found that 13% of workplace injuries were attributed to employees with sleep problems. Nearly every American worker reports at least one risk factor for fatigue, and almost half admit to being sleep deprived. Sleep deficiency and disorders cost a typical medium-sized employer $1 million a year in lost productivity, missed work days, and health care costs.

Identify causes of workplace fatigue, and implement best practices to reduce risk and decrease the financial burden of sleep-deprived employees.

Presented by:

Emily Whitcomb, Senior Program Manager, National Safety Council

Utilizing Laser Scanning with your Next Facility Project @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 12 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

Are you planning your next facility project?

This session reviews 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.

Participants will gain a better understanding of these new approaches and technology.

Presented by:

Ross McEllhiney, Projects Manager, Louis Dreyfus Company

Expo Pod 1: Bulk Material Handling Safety Devices and Sensors @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Safety systems are increasingly deployed for bulk material handling equipment, and proactive sensing efforts continue to increase for many facilities. This session focuses on the finer points of examining proper sensor applications and implementations as outlined in OSHA and NFPA 70 mandates. We will also explore the additional proactive maintenance benefits of proper sensing technologies and deployments to ensure your staff and equipment remain safe.

Presented By:

Bob Reis, General Manager, CMC/AGI

Expo Pod 2: Pneumatic Conveying Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

While pneumatic conveying systems do not have as many high-speed rotating safety concerns as bucket elevators, drag conveyors, belt conveyors, lifts, and other systems, they do have their own safety issues. Pressure and vacuum pneumatic conveying systems can include high-speed rotating shafts, low-speed airlock rotation, spreaders, vane feeders, and issues regarding airborne dust and high-pressure compressed air. Review and discuss these and many other safety concerns during our session.

Presented By:

Dave Link, Regional Sales Manager, Kice Industries, Inc.

Expo Pod 4: Fire Prevention Systems for Bucket Elevators @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Experience and research shows that the key to minimizing production downtime and damage due to fire and dust explosions is detecting and eliminating potential ignition sources. Firefly provides True Infrared radiation detection and full cone water spray that detects and extinguishes sparks and hot particles. Firefly also offers flame detection and water mist suppression around high-risk process machinery. This solution is based on a risk assessment of your specific process.

Presented By:

Grant Garcia, Technical Sales, Firefly North America

Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

For the first time, the Expo Hall includes a grain entrapment rescue demo. This interactive training will reinforce proper rescue techniques for grain entrapment, and help you build skills to keep yourself and co-workers safe.

Closing Workshop: ArcFlash – A Multi-Faceted Examination @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This exciting closing workshop always garners high interest and attendance.

During this session, industry experts discuss approaches to performing ArcFlash studies and the value and risks of each. Learn about what actually occurs during an ArcFlash and why it is so important to understand the associated risks and the required PPE. Listen to a first-hand story and picture of ArcFlash incident that occurred at a GEAPS member’s facilities.

This session is guaranteed to be informative and well worth your time.

Presented by:

Dave Marr, Retired Facility Manager, MAC Breckenridge

Eric Dorn, Project Manager, Faith Technologies, Inc.

Joe Schommer, Business Development Manager, Resa Power Service