19 Jun 13: Prep for the
5th LGMI Conference January 2014--Batch Pulping
We are shifting gears for the summer and exploring ideas you want covered in the 5th LGMI Conference next January here in Atlanta. Each week we are going to be taking one area of the process and asking you for input as to what you want to see covered. We want to understand the who, what, when, where, why and how of the unit operations that are important to you. It is our desire to build enthusiasm and a large on-site audience. This week's survey is about batch pulping and you can take it here. Over the few weeks, we will cover:
05 Jun 13 Overall Conference issues
12 Jun 13 Woodyards
19 Jun 13 Batch Pulping26 Jun 13 Continuous Pulping
03 Jul 13 Recycled Fiber Prep
10 Jul 13 Forming
17 Jul 13 Pressing
24 Jul 13 Drying
31 Jul 13 Sizing
07 Aug 13 Calendering
14 Aug 13 Reels and Winding
21 Aug 13 Maintenance
28 Aug 13 Energy
We are listening as hard as we can to what you want, so please take a few minutes each week to let us know what you think.
Results so far to Overall Conference Issues (please click above and take this survey if you have not already):
1. Conference Credibility often starts with a view at pricing. Too low--suspicious; too high not worth it. What is the just right number for a conference fee in your mind?
>Conference fee is not a factor. I look for description of content relevant to my specialty
>Amount depends on theme or subject of conference
>I will pay what I think a conference is worth either to me or to my client. That is variable of course. I also will look at the fee in regards to the total cost. If this conference was for the converting industry and held in Atlanta $300 would not matter. If I knew there were real decision makers and I could have real face time quite a bit more would be okay.
>Realistic number is $300 per day for a reasonable return to the sponsoring organization
2. What is a comfortable length of conference for you?
5/8 2 days
3/8 3 days
>Subject matter, conference location all have a bearing
>1 day for travel, 3 days for the conference, and 1 day for travel. Makes for a good, full week.
>Two nights typically with about 100 people - for the number of networking opportunities.
>Can't fit enough into 1 day - mills can't get away for more than 2 days
3. Many personally attend conferences for the unstructured time to socialize with others. How much unstructured time do you think should be built into each day?
3/4 a couple of hours
1/4 evenings only
4. Where should the unstructured time take place?
2/9 in conference room
4/9 in a break area
1/3 in a separate room
5. What are your favorite session formats?
(0 = lowest, 5 = highest)
Lecture mean 2.2 std dev. 1.9
Panel mean 1.9 std dev. 1.8
Interactive discussion mean 3.0 std. dev. 2.3
You can still vote on this survey! Just click it above on the 5 Jun 13 line.
Still open for comments: Topless Tanks (Open until 25 Jun 13)
As always, your comments will be appreciated.
Brian Brogdon, Ph.D.
Send us your comments by emailing Brian Brogdon
or Jim Thompson!