ASCE Congress on Technical Advancement

Duluth, Minnesota | September 10–13, 2017

Technical Tours

**Please note: Technical tours are not included in standard registration, additional tickets are required. Please see the Registration page for full details.**


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 | 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.

This tour will provide an inside view of the Cirrus Aircraft’s assembly facility located in Duluth, MN. Cirrus got their start back in 1984. They developed and manufacture a line of all-composite personal aircraft, the SR20, SR2 and turbo charged SR22T. The latest aircraft developed by Cirrus, the Vision Jet, is a personal jet which just recently received FAA certification in October 2016. Cirrus Aircraft is most famous for their CAPS - Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. CAPS is designed to protect the plane occupants by lowering the aircraft to the ground in case of an emergency causing the plane to be unable to fly. This innovative design is the most significant safety improvement for personal aircraft in over a half-century of general aviation.

Security Requirements: Photo ID (passports for foreign national visitors) required. No photos allowed in production building.
Fee: Member: $30 | Non-Member: $50
Transportation:  Busses will begin staging at 3:15 PM outside "Entrance B"


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 | 3:30 – 7:30 P.M.

Constructed between 1905 and 1907, Thomson Hydro Station is the flag ship of Minnesota Power’s electric generation fleet. The development includes the Thomson Reservoir, an upper gate house, a power canal and forebay, a lower gate house, steel flowlines, two steel surge tanks, a cross receiver, steel penstocks and a powerhouse. The Thomson project was an engineering marvel of the early 20th century. This historic station was dealt a major blow and suffered significant damage during the June 2012 flood event. After being fully restored to meet current safety and engineering standards, the station was rededicated to service in 2015. This tour will provide an overview of the June 2012 flood as well as discussion on the overall recovery and restoration of the Thomson Development. Civil, mechanical, electrical, geological and chemical engineers worked as a team to rebuild this important engineering achievement.

Safety Requirements: Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required.
Fee: Member: $30 | Non-Member: $50
Transportation:  Busses will begin staging at 3:15 PM outside "Entrance B"


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 | 3:30 – 7:30 P.M.

The Civil Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth was founded in 2008 with the first graduates in spring of 2012. The ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is focused around preparing graduates for professional practice through a program firmly based in strong technical skills, fundamentals, hand-on learning, sustainability and professionalism. A Masters of Science program fully develops professional and research capabilities for graduates.

The tour will include the laboratory and educational facilities housed in the award-winning Swenson Civil Engineering Building. The building has been featured in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), won the 2012 AIA Evergreen Award in the new construction category, and was honored in 2013 as an AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project. The building itself is a teaching tool with a wide variety of materials and examples of civil engineering on display in its architecture.

The founding Department Head of the program, Andrea Schokker, will lead the tour and discuss how the building and the educational programs go hand-in-hand to form an incredible educational environment for future civil engineers.

Fee: Member: $30 | Non-Member: $50
Transportation:  Meet guide at 3:15 PM outside "Entrance B"


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