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You can click “categories” and “tags” along the top to filter the schedule to see only the events you’re looking for.

Categories include large schedule components, like Education and Expo.  Tags will allow you to sort education by ability levels: basic, mid-level and advanced.

Along the top on the right, you’ll see a print button, the ability to collapse or expand all event descriptions, and the ability to switch the view from agenda view (which displays events in a list) to day or week view (which displays events on a calendar grid).

When you click an event, you’ll also have the ability to save it to your calendar on your computer or mobile device.

Looking for an at-a-glance schedule you can print?  Download the pdf here.


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

The Power of a Construction Schedule: Best Practices for Construction & Project Management @ Convention Center - 295
Mar 11 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Construction projects require teamwork. The partnering process aligns stakeholder goals and expectations with the project requirements. This session offers a complete process overview and reviews the characteristics of high-performing project teams. We will also touch on the purpose and content of a typical partnering meeting and discover components necessary for a team to succeed (win-win). The presentation then transitions to applying the principles of partnering as a group.

Presented by:

Casey Jones, Project Manager, CGB Enterprises Inc

Terry Collins, Project/Millwright Manager, CVA

Jim Gales, Construction Department Manager, CHS

Facility Design: Maximizing Efficiently and Throughput @ Convention Center - 295
Mar 11 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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.

This session focuses on facility design as it relates to overall efficiency and throughput. Learn how to design and prioritize short- and long-term plans for grain facilities to meet ever-changing industry demands.

Presented by:

Kurt Rosentrater, Associate Professor, Iowa State University

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

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