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Registration Open For GEAPS/K-State Introduction to Operations, Aeration System Design, and Materials Handling Distance Ed Courses

Date Posted: March 20, 2013

Registration is now open for three courses that begin April 22.

The courses, GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Operations, GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design and Operational Management, and GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I, will focus on basic grain operations, aeration systems and materials handling.

Participation in either GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Operations or GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I will count towards the Grain Operations Management Credential. GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design and Operational Management awards credit toward the Specialist Credential in Grain Quality Management for those who have completed the Grain Operations Management Credential.

For more information about GEAPS' Credentialing Program, click here.

GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Operations is a new course that serves as an introduction to the key purposes, equipment and processes of grain handling facilities.

Stressing safety, it focuses on how grain moves through a facility, and covers main elevator types; components and equipment; grain receiving procedures; sampling, testing and grading; binning; housekeeping and maintenance; fumigation; outbound procedures; and other fundamental grain facility functions.

It provides basic yet comprehensive information about operations and handling procedures at grain facilities, and serves as an introduction to new hires, students and others in need of beginner-level training.

GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design and Operational Management focuses on the design and operation of aeration systems for dry grain storage structures with flat, hopper and V-bottoms in corrugated steel bins, concrete silos, large diameter tanks, horizontal storage structures and outdoor piles/bunkers.

The relationship between air and grain properties will be reviewed and the selection and sizing of fans and their operational management for conditioning and cooling grains will be thoroughly discussed.

Ideally, students should take GEAPS 520: Quality Grain Management before taking this course, but it is not a requirement.

This is a course designed for those whose responsibilities relate to preservation of grain quality, as well as aeration equipment operation, design, selection and purchasing.

It is intended for facility and systems designers, aeration systems vendors, facility owners and operators, elevator superintendents, location or regional managers, and anyone with a professional need to learn more about aeration system design and efficient fan operation management.

GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I is the first in a three-part series and focuses on the properties and flow characteristics of grains and other dry bulk materials.

Students will be able to determine various material characteristics and their effect on the selection and sizing of bins, spouting and screw conveyors.

This course aims to teach students the basic principles of dry bulk material flow; material properties and characteristics; bin capacities and pressures; types, selection and sizing of spouting, valves, distributors and gates; components, designing, sizing and powering of screw conveyors.

The course is designed for people with responsibilities relating to management, operation and maintenance within grain storage or handling and processing facilities.

The courses run April 22-May 24.

Registration for all three courses closes April 16. Enrollment for each course is limited to 60 students.

To register or get complete information on these distance education courses, click here, or contact Rose Miller or Chuck House at GEAPS:;; (952) 928-4640.

The GEAPS/Kansas State Distance Education Program began with a single course offering in 2005, and has grown to a curriculum of 19 courses that has attracted more than 1,200 students from 22 countries since its inception.

All of the distance education courses are designed for professionals in grain operations and related fields.

The courses, offered online, run for five weeks and require no travel.

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