Technical Tours

Wednesday, May 7
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
The morning of Wednesday, May 7 is dedicated entirely to the Technical Tour program. There are three tours, of which you may choose one. To participate, you must have a Full Registration and pre-register for one of the tours. 
Miami Township Snow Fighting Facilities

This tour includes two stops at Miami Township’s snow fighting facilities. You’ll visit the township’s 6,500-ton salt dome, brine-making and storage system, brine-additive storage (i.e. beet juice) and cost-effective on-demand blending station. The service garage tour will include winter fleet operations, maintenance garage and equipment yard. See how the township combines technology and the latest trends in the industry to provide residents with a highly-efficient winter operations program. The township’s winter operations management staff will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate their utilization of AVL technology to keep a close eye on progress during a winter event, and explain how residents can benefit from this real-time information.  

CVG Airport Winter/Environmental Operations

This tour highlights the snow removal and environmental operations of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), which encompasses more than 7,500 acres and four runways comprised of approximately eight miles of concrete, and serves more than 6 million passengers annually. The airport never closes, and their number one priority is to maintain safe flight operations for passengers, airline partners and cargo customers in any type of weather event. Discover how their round-the-clock Field Maintenance team is able to keep the airfield and all roadways on the property open and maintained through the use of nine multifunction snow removal vehicles able to clean a runway in approximately 20 minutes and a scalable staff, capable of growing to more than 100 strong during the Snow Season from mid-October to March. This tour of CVG will highlight its snow removal and environmental operations.

Cincinnati Zoo

This tour highlights what sustainability means at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. From struggling to figure out how to recycle aluminum bottles to becoming the greenest zoo in America (with the greenest restaurant in America), the zoo’s sustainability journey has been sincere, aggressive and unapologetic. See the various methods the Cincinnati Zoo has utilized to become so green including LEED certified buildings, the largest public accessible solar canopy in the country, underground water retention tanks, pervious pavers, pervious concrete and the Go Green Garden. Hear some intriguing, funny, and at times embarrassing examples of how the zoo turned it all around and learned that saving the world and saving money don’t have to be mutually exclusive.