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2012 GAOI Conference Schedule

Monday, February 27, 2012

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm — Exhibitor Setup, Registration Open

7:00 pm – ??? — GAOI Sponsor/Member/Friend reception on tradeshow floor

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

8:00 am — Registration Opens

8:30 am — Exhibit Hall Opens (coffee & pastries)

10:00 am — General Welcome

10:30 am – 11:45 am — Break-Out Sessions 1

  1. Radiant Heat with Geothermal – Brian Urlaub, Enertech Mfg. 
  2. Illinois State Regulation/Certification of Vertical Looping Roundtable – Dom Durbin, Durbin Geothermal; Ryan Kerry, Great Lakes Geothermal; Jim Layten, Kickapoo Drilling; Dave Johnson, Illinois Department of Public Health
  3. Thermal Conductivity and Using Thermally Enhanced Grouts to Maximize Borehole Performance – Daniel Bernstein, Gaia Geothermal
  4. Geothermal A-Z Part One – Paul Bony, ClimateMaster

12 pm – 1:30 pm — Lunch – GAOI Business Update  Speaker: Illinois Home Performance, Jamie Peters, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance   

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm — Break-Out Sessions 2

  1. Selling Geo in a Stressed Economy – Jake Rabe, Rabe Hardware
  2. Troubleshooting Earth Loops – Loopers and Installers Working Together – Jeff Hurst, Connor Co.; Dominique Durbin, Durbin Geothermal
  3. Loop Field Design, Conductivity and Optimizing Loop Fields Through Efficient Pipe Sizing and Pumping Techniques – Daniel Bernstein, Gaia Geothermal
  4. Geothermal A-Z Part Two – Paul Bony, ClimateMaster

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm — GAOI Annual Meeting

4:45 pm – 7:00 pm — Exhibit Hall Open/Exhibitor Reception

7:30 — Entertainment option – Performance of South Pacific at Peoria Civic Center. More information click here near the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

8:00 – 9:00 am — Breakfast & Industry Update – Jack Dienna, Geothermal National & International Initiative (Geo-NII)

9:00 am — Exhibit Hall Opens

9:15 am – 10:30 am — Break-Out Sessions 3

  1. Geo 101 – Design Applications – Chris Smith, Enertech Mfg.; Dave Buss, WaterFurnace
  2. Using Design Software for Sizing Geothermal Systems – Jerry Faw, Adtek
  3. Horizontal Looping and Directional Boring – Darin Martin, Vermeer
  4. Designing Hybrid Geothermal Systems – Lee Tapper, MEP Associates LLC
  5. Basic Trouble-shooting From the Utility Perspective – Marla Eversole, Shelby Electric Cooperative, moderator; Gary Hurley, Springfield CWLP; Don Taylor, Corn Belt Energy; John Milliman, Design Air

10:45 am – 12:00 pm– Break-Out Sessions 4

  1. Geo Tax Credits & Incentives for Public Facilities – Charles Goulding, Energy Tax Savers
  2. Geothermal Trouble-Shooting – Jeff Hurst, Connor Co.
  3. Talking about Mud-Cost:  Effective Uses of Drilling Fluid and Grout Placement – using these products cost-effectively – Kurt Kash, Baroid Industrial Drilling Products
  4. GeoExchange vs. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VFR) – Kirk Mescher, CM Engineering, Inc.
  5. Insulation, Sealing and Geothermal – Brian Kumer, Thermal Imaging Services

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm — Lunch with Exhibitors on the Vendor Floor

1:30 pm — Exhibit Hall Closes, exhibitor tear-down

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm — Registration/Review for Accreditation Test

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm — Testing