BSU Geothermal Conclave I

BSU Geothermal Conclave I:
Ground-Source Geothermal Resources: An Important Source of Renewable Energy
11-13 February 2013
Call for Submissions
Building on a successful first-gathering in November of last year and capitalizing on the availability of the newly-operational geothermal district heating and cooling system at Ball State University, we are launching the first in a series of the annual Geothermal Conclave, designed to bring together Researchers, Practitioners and Students interested in the design, installation and operation of large-scale geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Invitation to Participate
Ball State University is now accepting abstracts for conclave papers, posters, workshops, panels, forums, special activities, and pre- and post-conference events.


The BSU Geothermal Conclave will bring together people from disparate professions who will share information about ground-source geothermal systems, advance the field in a variety of directions, AND be held on the campus of the nation’s largest ground-source geothermal installation.


To share the Ball State University experience and to learn from others involved in design, installation, operation, research and outreach opportunities of ground-source geothermal systems.


  • Review the state of the art in geothermal district scale heating and cooling.
  • Explore the educational opportunities for using such systems.
  • Share the research findings on geothermal district scale heating and cooling systems.


  • Tours of the various components and systems actions within the BSU geothermal district heating and cooling system;
  • Workshops on the design, installation and operation of geothermal systems;
  • Product/equipment exhibits;
  • A mini-research conference of academic paper presentations; and
  • Panel presentations with audience interaction on the state of the art in the industry.

Target Audiences:

  • Designers – Architects, Engineers, Facilities Officers, and Procurement Officers
  • Installers – Contractors (civil engineering, landscaping, paving, concrete, drilling, steam fitting, and surveying)
  • Operators – Plant Administrators, Operations Managers, Staff Engineers, and Facilities Staff (carpentry, sheet metal, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical)
  • Academics – Faculty, Staff Researchers, Administrators and Students
  • Researchers – Universities and colleges, state and federal agencies
  • Outreach Facilitators – PR/marketing departments, universities and colleges, K-12 schools or programs, local community or regional partners
  • Regulators – Local, state and federal agencies