AIST Foundation Board of Trustees Meet at CIVS

Ron Ashburn, AIST Exec. Dir. and Nicholas Walla, CIVS graduate assistant, discuss a poster on equipment life prediction.

Ron Ashburn, AIST Exec. Dir. and Nicholas Walla, CIVS graduate assistant, discuss a poster on equipment life prediction

 The Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation Board of Trustees, made up of steel industry leaders, held their semi-annual meeting at CIVS on Oct. 16, 2013.  This was the first time the board has met at a non-conference location. 

CIVS graduate assistant, Lucas Phillips assists Mark Didiano, Mgr. Finance and Admin., AIST, in using the Oculus Rift, a 3D head-mounted display used for virtual training research

CIVS graduate assistant, Lucas Phillips assists Mark Didiano, Mgr. Finance and Admin., AIST, in using the Oculus Rift, a 3D head-mounted display used for virtual training research

During their visit, CIVS staff and students presented an overview of steel-related projects in the CIVS Immersive Theater. Trustees also toured the CIVS labs and discussed projects in detail with students. Students highlighted research projects that focused on using computer simulation and 3D visualization to solve complex challenges that are facing the steel industry today. These projects addressed issues such as preventing boiler overheating, improving furnace fuel efficiency, identifying causes of material buildup in mixing vessels, predicting equipment failures before they happen, and developing effective training.

Trustees also experienced hands-on interactive demonstrations with personal virtual reality devices and immersive 3D systems.  They expressed afterward how impressed they were with the CIVS projects, facility, and students.