Technical Tours

SMiRT 25 announces three Technical Tours. Details of each tour are provided below. The registration for these tours is on a first come first serve basis and will be included as part of the conference registration which is expected to open before the end of February.

Technical Tour #1: Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub

Tuesday, August 6

Bus Departs The Westin Charlotte at 1pm and will return around 5pm. All participants must wear close-toed shoes. Cost: $50 per person.

Products come to life at the Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub, a major manufacturing and service location specializing in large 60 Hz power generation equipment, with additional capabilities for the 50 Hz market. Opened in 1969, the site originally encompassed a generator and steam turbine facility, and added gas turbine manufacturing and servicing in 2011. The campus follows LEAN manufacturing principles and is committed to a Zero Harm culture with respect to safety, quality, and the environment. Overall, the Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub has more than one million square feet of production and office space, with 80 to 100-foot manufacturing bays. Along with expertise, Siemens Charlotte invests in precision machine tools such as: horizontal lathe capable of turning large turbine rotors for fossil and nuclear plants; consolidated exciter winding station for integral winding/banding/curing; vertical boring mills for turbine cylinder repairs; vacuum balance bunker for high-speed balance; two generator high-speed balance bunkers; generator winding clean areas; and state-of-the-art welding and stress relief facilities. Siemens Energy in Charlotte has become one of the largest manufacturers in the city and also one of the largest among the 250+ Energy companies based in Charlotte.


Technical Tour #2 : Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Wednesday, August 7

Bus Departs The Westin Charlotte at 9 am and will return around 12 pm. All participants must wear close-toed shoes. Cost: $50 per person.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducts research, development, and demonstration projects for the benefit of the public in the United States and internationally.  As an independent, nonprofit organization for public interest energy and environmental research, it focuses on electricity generation, delivery, and use in collaboration with the electricity sector, its stakeholders and others to enhance the quality of life by making electric power safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible.   
The tour will include the following EPRI facilities:

  • Performance Demonstrative Initiative labs (ASME Section XI and Appendix VIII)
  • Welding Repair Technology Center (Welding mockups, test samples, automated welding, welding inspections)
  • Digital I&C / Cyber Security lab
  • Plant Support / Concrete lab (Concrete NDE)




Technical Tour #3: Duke Energy Emergency Operations Facility (EOF)

Wednesday, August 7 and Thursday, August 8 afternoons.

Walking distance from conference venue. Each tour lasts 1 hour. We expect to schedule multiple tours. Cost: No charge.

This facility supports Six (6) Duke Energy Nuclear facilities (11 Operating Nuclear Reactors). It is licensed to support emergencies at 2 different facilities simultaneously.  Designed to support up to 3 facilities simultaneously with command and control facilities apart in space to allow site specific response. Some of its significant features are:

  • 120 Personnel trained and qualified to support with 20+ small scale drills and 10+ full scale, multi facility drills and exercises conducted annually to ensure predictable response.
  • Facilitates free flow of timely and accurate information from Key decision makers in the Site Control Rooms, Operations Support Centers, and Technical Support Centers to Industry and Federal responders in Georgia, as well as State response in North and South Carolina, and local response in the surrounding communities.
  • Emergency Preparedness Risk Significant Planning standards:
    • Notification of Offsite Response Organizations in 2 states and >20 counties within 15 minutes of classification of an emergency
    • Dose Assessment to the public within the 10 mile and 50 mile emergency planning zones.
    • Provide Protective Action Recommendations to Offsite Response Organizations to Evacuate, Shelter, or issue Potassium Iodide to citizens in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone.
  • Coordinates dispatch of Field Monitoring teams working in the local environment to gain real time information of actual radiological conditions.
  • Interface with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on damage mitigation strategies.
  • Continuous flow of real time event information to the Joint Information Center in support of public messaging.
  • Interface with State and County Emergency Operations Center to coordinate public Alert and Notification information and Protective Action Recommendations.
  • Interface with state branches of radiological health on personnel and environmental risks of a nuclear emergency.