PICMET '19 Site Visit

The following site visits are offered during PICMET ’19. Seating is limited, so sign up early. The registration fee is $75 for each site visit. If you haven't already picked the option to attend the site visits during your registration, click here to register.

The times below include the commute. The return time is approximate and will depend on traffic.


Monday, August 26, 14:00-17:00

Located in Oregon’s Columba River Gorge National Scenic Area 40 miles east of Portland, Bonneville Lock and Dam spans the Columbia River and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Bonneville Lock and Dam in 1937. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built this “public works project” during the Great Depression of the 1930s to put people back to work, generate power, and improve navigation on the Columbia River. Soon after, more generators were added to provide energy for building ships and aircraft during World War II.


In later years, the addition of a second powerhouse doubled electrical output. Bonneville can provide the power needs for 900,000 Northwest homes. A second lock replaced the original lock in 1993. Bonneville is part of a series of locks on the Columbia-Snake waterway allowing vessels to transport people and valuable commodities 465 miles (748 km) from the Pacific Ocean to Lewiston, Idaho.

On both sides of the dam you may view the inside of a massive powerhouse. During spring, summer, and fall, view migrating salmon as they swim past windows in the fish ladder. Visitor centers include films and displays about salmon, hydropower, and river navigation.

This site visit includes a guided tour (approximately one hour) providing a full overview of dam operations, including the fish ladders and a walk through of the entire dam. After the tour, attendees will be taken to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery for a self-guided tour (approximately 45 minutes). Bonneville Hatchery was first named “Central Hatchery” and was built in 1909. The hatchery raises 6.6 million fall Chinook, 900,000 spring Chinook, 750,000 Coho, 250,000 summer Steelhead and 60,000 winter Steelhead salmon. Adult salmon begin arriving at the hatchery in September and are then sorted through before spawning begins. Spawning begins during the last week in October and continues until the beginning of December. As part of their natural life cycle, all Pacific Northwest Salmon die after spawning. There are also at least 40 different species of birds to view at Bonneville Fish Hatchery.

It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour. Purses are permitted during your visit to the dam; however, backpacks must be left on the bus.

For more information please visit Bonneville Lock and Dam and Bonneville Hatchery on the web.


Wednesday, August 28, 14:00-17:00

The 3D Systems Wilsonville, Oregon site comprises a team of printer development and systems engineers, materials scientists and chemists who were formerly Xerox’s respected solid ink engineering and development teams.


Joining 3D Systems in 2014, they immediately added significant state-of-the-art development and testing labs to 3D Systems as well as over 100 engineers and technical support staff to work on the next generation of inkjet-based 3D printers. On this tour you will see work areas along with the above noted labs and prototype build facilities.

For more information please visit 3D Systems on the web.



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