With 15 technical papers scheduled to be presented, the Cooling Technology Institute's annual conference promises to be an opportunity for learning. Scheduled for February 26-28 at the Omni Bayfront Hotel in Corpus Christi, TX, the conference program covers a range of topics, including water treatment, operations and maintenance, and cooling tower performance and technology.

A two-hour panel discussion on corrosion management in cooling towers will take place on February 27. Under the moderation of Dr. Phil Grayson of Ashland Specialty Chemical Co., Columbus, OH, industry experts will address key corrosion issues, followed by a question and answer forum.

An all-day educational session on wet cooling tower vs. dry cooling tower systems is scheduled for February 29. According Jim Baker, educational chair, "The educational seminar will address the regulatory climate, criteria for the selection of industrial and utility-sized closed-cycle wet or dry cooling systems and their effects on capital cost, plant generation, operation, water treatment and the environment."

The CTI 2001 annual conference is open to the industry. Registration prior to February 16 is $285 for CTI members; $385 for nonmembers. Single-day attendance options also are available. For additional information call CTI at (281) 583-4087 or visit www.cti.org.