Geo-Chicago 2016

Chicago, Illinois | August 14-18, 2016

Special Events & Technical Tours


    Welcome Reception and Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

    Sunday, August 14, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Catch up with friends and acquaintances from around the globe during this lively reception. Enjoy light appetizers and beverages while viewing the latest innovations from a wide variety of vendors focused on sustainability and the geoenvironment. 


    Monday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 16, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

    Poster presentations provide your best opportunity during the entire conference for in-depth conversations with others as interested in the same topics as you are. So grab a box lunch in the Exhibit Hall on Monday and Tuesday and dive deep into research and case studies from your colleagues, or new products and services from conference exhibitors. 


    Monday, August 15, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    After a day packed full of technical programming, come outside to the riverside patio to celebrate G-I award winners, relax in the summer warmth, and relish the Chicago River with colleagues, snacks, and a cold drink.


    Tuesday, August 16, 6:00 - 9:45 p.m.

    Join us for an evening at the ballpark! The first 100 registrants will enjoy an iconic baseball experience at one of America's most historic ballparks. No matter what happens on the field, you'll win with $20 in Chicago Cubs Cash to spend on the food, drink, or merchandise of your choice. (Not included in registration; purchase ticket)


    Wednesday, August 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    The conference may be almost over, but there's still time to dine with new friends and acquaintances as you explore the iconic skyline of Chicago from the deck of a river cruise boat. Limited to the first 100 registrants. (Not included in registration; purchase ticket)


    Chicago Industrial Sustainability Project / Method Soap Factory

    Wednesday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Method is one of the first companies to be recognized as a Cradle to Cradle company. They consider the past, present, and future implications of everything they do, from the ingredients selected for their products to how these products are manufactured. Their plant is located in the Pullman Park district in the south side of Chicago utilizing solar trees and wind turbines, and was built on the Ryerson Steel brownfield site. It is an integrated industrial facility encompassing the liquid soap factory, AMCOR (plastic bottle manufacturer for the soap products), and a roof top greenhouse operated by Gotham Greens. The facility is one of the two Platinum LEED certified industrial complexes in the U.S.
    (Not included in registration; purchase ticket)

    Northern Indiana Steel Mill Visit

    Thursday, August 18, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Phoenix Services, LLC will host a half-day tour of its iron recovery and slag processing facilities at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, one of four northern Indiana Steel Mills. The tour will begin with an overview of the geotechnical, environmental and geochemical characteristics of slag material, and its use in multiple branches of civil engineering. 

    Phoenix takes unprocessed, molten blast furnace (BF) and basic oxygen furnace (BOF) slags from the dumping pits or pot carriers and either water or air cools these materials prior to commercial processing. The cooled, solidified slag is then put through drop ball and crushing/screening plants with magnetic separation to recover the iron and steel scrap back to the mill. The slag materials are processed into a variety of aggregates that are sized for conventional highway construction applications (rip rap, base, asphalt, gravels down to concrete sands), mineral wool, water/wastewater treatment and other select uses. These finished products are then exported from mill via trucking or barges/ships to end users in the Great Lakes region.

    Depending on mill operations on the exact day of the tour, the site visit will include observation of all of these processes in order to gain an appreciation of how slag products are generated and the level of quality assurance/quality control that makes then a reliable material for civil engineering uses. 

    These mills are MARSEC sites, personal ID (passport or US drivers license) will be required for site access. No cameras allowed. Attendees must wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes; be prepared for heat. All other relevant PPE will be provided.
    (Not included in registration; purchase ticket)

    Chicago Architecture Foundation: Sustainability in Chicago

    Thursday, August 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Chicago is known around the world for its architecture. Join your colleagues on a walking tour of sustainable sites around the Chicago downtown area. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle!
    (Not included in registration; purchase ticket)