tellico village computer users club 

  Loudon, Tennessee

Come and join us on a TVCUC group tour

Next Tours:

  • April 26th @ 9:30 amProNova (Bob Kutschera)
    Because of the small number of sign-ups, we are postponing the ProNova tour until sometime this fall.

  • May 9th - ORNL National Transportation Research  Center/Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (Joe Michniacki)
    This tour has been cancelled due to new equipment being delivered that week, so no tours are being accepted.

  • May 20th @ 11:00 am - Proton Therapy (Bob Kutschera)

The first requirement to participate in a tour is active membership in the Tellico Village Computer Users Club.  Click here to view, download, and print a 2017 Membership Application Form if you need one.

Then you need to send a request to the Tour Leader for the tour that you want to attend using the appropriate contact block for each leader.  Please use your full name exactly as it appears on your photo driver's license, your email address, and the tour(s) that you want to join.

Submission of tour requests for any Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour must be sent no later than 2 weeks prior to the tour date.

Bob Kutschera, Provision Proton Center & ProNova Manufacturing Facility Tours

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Proton Center:

Get a behind the scenes tour including a complete walk though of a patient's experience, up close viewing of the massive equipment that makes proton therapy work, and the new generation of proton equipment.

ProNova Manufacturing Facility:

This tour will consist of a walking tour of the factory and up close viewing of the components that are being built for our first installation of the equipment in Nashville.

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Joe Michniacki

Joe Michniacki is our tour leader for TVA River Forecast Center, Climate Change Science Institute, Manufacturing Demonstration & National Transportation Research Center, and MasterCraft.
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Bob Filip

Bob Filip is responsible for the tours to:  Oak Ridge Graphite Reactor, DOE Oak Ridge Bus Tours, Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, HiFlux Isotope Reactor, ORNL Super Computer, and Spallation Neutron Source.
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Linda Bailey

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Linda Bailey is our tour coordinator for the Volkswagen tours.  VW has temporarily suspended plant tours pending model change over.  We will be advised when tours can begin again.

Operating at 85 MW, HFIR is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for research in the United States, and it provides one of the highest steady-state neutron fluxes of any research reactor in the world. The thermal and cold neutrons produced by HFIR are used to study physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and biology. The intense neutron flux, read more....

Neutron Spallation Source
Neutron Sciences at ORNL is home to High Flux Isotope Reactor and Spallation Neutron Source, providing researchers with unmatched capabilities for understanding the structure and properties of materials, macromolecular and biological systems, and the fundamental physics of the neutron.  Read more ...
TVA River Forecast Center, located in Knoxville, Tenn., is staffed around the clock, 365 days a year. River schedulers continually monitor weather conditions and water quality data, as well as water availability and demand — all with the goal of routing water through the river system to provide the most public value given changing weather conditions and water needs.  Read more at TVA Flood Management.
Climate Change Science Institute.  There is a growing demand for scientific insights regarding climate change, its consequences, and how disparate organizations from local communities to national government and international agencies can best respond to challenges in both adaptation and mitigation of climate change.  Read more.....

Manufacturing Demonstration & National Transportation Research Center houses several highly sophisticated experimental ORNL research laboratories.  As a User Facility, NTRC offers industry, academia, and other agencies the opportunity to access state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and instrumentation, and computational resources to advance transportation technologies.

MasterCraft.  "We are one of the finalist factories for Industry Week’s North America’s plant/factory of the year."

In 1968, Rob Shirley, an aerospace engineer-turned-ski school instructor, was frustrated with the lack of technology available for towing skiers. To solve this problem, Rob and his team designed the first true performance ski boat. MasterCraft Hull #1 was born in a barn .... read more

The Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant began production in April 2011 and has a projected annual production of 150,000 cars.

The local plant will allow the manufacturer to avoid exchange rate fluctuations, more closely monitor US automotive market trends, and reduce extended supply chain vulnerability.

Tour of the Oak Ridge Graphite Reactor

The birthplace of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the X-10 Graphite Reactor was the world’s first continuously operated nuclear reactor.  Built during World War II Manhattan Project, the Graphite Reactor successfully produced plutonium (239Pu) and enabled the demonstration of the chemical separation processes used to produce plutonium ….. read more

 DOE (Department of Energy) Oak Ridge

Facilities Tour

 NOTE: This tour is limited to 18 people.

This tour starts at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.  There is a cost for this tour of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (65+) which is the admission price for the museum.

There is time for individual touring of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge prior to the start of the bus tour at 11:30.


Bus Tour Itinerary   11:30 - 2:30

  • Y-12 New Hope Visitor Center (bus stop): The visitor facility houses the spacious History Center featuring displays about the Manhattan Project, the Cold War, and other Y-12 missions.
  • Bethel Valley Church (bus stop):  New Bethel Baptist Church and Cemetery, founded in 1851, was officially closed by former church members as a house of worship in 1949 following the area’s Manhattan Project incorporation into the Oak Ridge Reservation. The cemetery features covered grave houses that are unique to the region. The church is still used for special events and homecoming celebrations.
  • Graphite Reactor at ORNL (bus stop): A national historic landmark, the Graphite Reactor located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory served as the pilot project that led to the first production of plutonium.  Visitors will view the world’s oldest nuclear reactor.
  • Spallation Neutron Source (drive by): The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) is an accelerator-based neutron source facility that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world of scientific research and industrial development.  
  • East Tennessee Technology Park: Heritage Center, formerly K-25 (drive by): Tour visitors learn about the gaseous diffusion process that enriched uranium (later sent to Y-12 for further enrichment) to power the first atomic bomb.
Carbon Fiber Technology Facility
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is home to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF)—a 42,000 sq. ft. innovative technology facility. The CFTF offers a highly flexible, highly instrumented carbon fiber line for demonstrating advanced technology scalability and producing market-development volumes of prototypical carbon fibers, and serves as the last step before commercial production scale.
ORNL Super Computer

The combination of CPUs and GPUs will allow Titan and future systems to overcome power and space limitations inherent in previous generations of high-performance computers.

Because they handle hundreds of calculations simultaneously, GPUs can go through many more than CPUs in a given time. Yet they draw only modestly more electricity. By relying on its 299,008 CPU cores to guide simulations read more ...