Technical Tours

 Technical Tour 2

Stanford University Campus and Rock Mechanics Labs
Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $95. (includes transportation between Westin and Stanford, lunch, and all tour costs) Limited to 25 persons.

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is one of the world’s leading research universities with expertise that range from the humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences. Twenty Nobel laureates are included in the Stanford community and its 2,153 faculty members. There are 5,500 externally-funded research projects with a total budget of more than $1.2 billion.

This technical tour will walk the central campus, including the Main Quad (historic and academic center of campus, including the school of Humanities & Sciences), Memorial Church, the Engineering Quad, and White Plaza (student activities area). After lunch , including the Bookstore, Student Store, Old Union, and Tresidder Memorial Union). Lunch is included in the Arrillaga Dining Hall. Following lunch, the group will tour the rock mechanics labs.

Stanford University’s “Oval,” on the campus’s Main Quad. (Photo courtesy of Stanford Univ.)

ARMA Fellow Mark Zoback and Fatemeh Rassouli (ARMA member and member of the symposium organizing committee) in rock mechanics laboratory at Stanford. (Image credit: Stacy H. Geiken)


Technical Tour 3

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park,
Date:  Thursday, 29 June 2017, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: $150

This technical tour will make two stops at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and U.S. Geological Survey, both in Menlo Park, CA. The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (originally named Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory operated by Stanford University. SLAC built the world’s longest particle accelerator, discovered some of the fundamental building blocks of matter and created the first website in North America. SLAC’s revolutionary X-ray laser is revealing intimate details of atoms and chemical reactions and making stop-motion movies of this tiny realm, with the goal of doing the same for living cells. The visit to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will allow participants to visit three of the main laboratories and centers at USGS: Earthquake Laboratory, Rock Physics Laboratory, and Data Acquisition Center, including the data acquisition and processing center for the USGS Northern California Seismic Network (NCSN).

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