On June 22, 2018, U.S. Steel – Gary Works Operational Excellence Specialist Aldo Lopez “turned the tables” on select CIVS members, treating the CIVS team of John Moreland, Armin Silaen, and John Estrada both to a tour of U.S. Steel’s 84″ Hot Strip Mill/Roughing Mill facility and to a “safety” PowerPoint presentation and kitting out with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the tour.
The tour began at the primary end, viewed the blast furnaces, melt shops, and casters, and centered on the hot strip mill, with a catwalk tour of the roughing mill that allowed CIVS researchers to see the mill in action. The CIVS team in turn provided a presentation of previous work that gave the hot strip mill team a better understanding of CIVS’s simulation, visualization, and analysis capabilities.
“Seeing the roughing mill in action and the working plant environment first-hand is helpful, both for general communication and for envisioning future project ideas,” Silaen said. “And we all got to experience visitor safety measures first-person.”