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.
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.