GEAPS prepares for first-ever facility design conference in July

by Chrystal Shannon
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The Grain Elevator & Processing Society is preparing for its first-ever Facility Design Conference, to be held July 27-31 in St. Charles, Illinois, U.S.

The conference will provide comprehensive, advanced-level instruction on current and emerging technologies relating to the design of grain-handling and storage facilities and related systems.

GEAPS, a 3,000-member, international professional association based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., conceived and organized the conference in response to a perceived need to track technological developments in the grain handling and storage sector.

Attendance at the facility design conference will be limited to 200 people.

The entire program will be held at the Center for Professional Education, a state-of-the-art corporate training campus in St. Charles, about 40 miles west of Chicago.

Featuring some 28 hours of educational programming, the conference is intended for engineers, contractors, project managers, facility-operations managers, grain company executives and senior managers, maintenance managers, equipment suppliers and insurance underwriters.

Speakers will include many of the country’s top specialists in grain-facility design, engineering and related systems.

Topics will include grain-handling industry world outlook and trends; strategic operations planning; project scope definition, development and management; other project considerations; receiving systems; weighing systems; sampling and inspection systems; conveying systems; distribution systems; grain cleaners and cleaning systems; grain dryers and drying systems; grain storage and aeration systems; shipping systems; coatings and finishes; electric power and power distribution systems; automation and control systems; environmental quality systems; and fire and life safety systems.

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