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Technical Tours

Guest Tour: The Local's Guide to the French Quarter Tour

Date: Sunday, October 29th
Time: 1pm

Description: Join Unique Tours for a stroll around the French Quarter. You'll learn about the fascinating beginnings of our city that shaped this world-famous neighborhood. Discover the must-see spots in the French Quarter and learn about the history of the "Vieux Carré". Our local guides will enlighten you about the best bars, restaurants, and hidden gems to see on your visit here.

We will guide you on tour from the mighty Mississippi River, to buildings older than our country, to present-day curious and unique locales. Understand why people become captivated with our city and keep coming back for more.

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Louisiana Steam Train Tour

Date: Monday, October 30, 2023
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Price: $30

Description: Southern Pacific 745 is a Mikado-type (2-8-2) steam locomotive is regarded as a classic among steam locomotives, and for its significance, it was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. SP745 is one of a small batch of locomotives built by Southern Pacific at its Algiers shops just outside of New Orleans. Number 745 was built in 1921, based on the 1913 Mk-5 class design and is the last surviving steam locomotive built-in Louisiana. ASME visitors to the LASTA facility will hear from volunteers who operate, maintain and will be involved in the rebuild of SP745. Visitors will have the opportunity climb board the engine.



Lake Borgne Surge Barrier Tour

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Time: 9:30am – 12pm
Price: $30

As part of the approximately $4 Billion Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS), which spans three parishes (Orleans, East Jefferson, and St. Bernard), the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier, is a 1.8 mile-long storm surge barrier that was constructed in 2013 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tour will take approximately 60 – 90 minutes, depending on the questions, is conducted mainly outside at the northern end of the Barrier, and includes a brief walking tour, and multimedia presentation of the Flood Protection Authority-East's role in maintenance and operations of all components of the HSDRRS within its jurisdiction.



Intralox Manufacturing and Engineering Tours (Harahan Campus)

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Price: $30

Don't miss the opportunity to visit Intralox's global headquarters. Experience the companys manufacturing operations up close and meet the experts that make Intralox reliably inventive. Following brief intro meeting where examples of CAD/CAE simulation will be shown, guided tours will include:

  • Production: Injection Molding Plant, Assembly: An injection molding plant that produces parts for our worldwide assembly operations, and our largest assembly and distribution center.
  • Product Engineering: Acoustics, Conditioning: see our design engineering areas focused on physical testing related to noise, fatigue, freezing and conditioning.
  • Manufacturing Engineering: Examples of automated packing and boxing, as well as other applications of robotics.

There will be approximately ½ mile of walking—closed shoes requested.



NASA Michoud Assembly Facility

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Time: 8:15am – 11:00am
Price: $30

Description: Visitors to the Michoud Assembly Facility can observe production of NASA’s Artemis Program's Space Launch System. Technicians use state-of-the-art manufacturing and welding equipment — including a friction-stir-welding tool that is the largest of its kind in the world- to manufacture SLS and the Orion spacecraft. The SLS core stage will send the Orion spacecraft to the moon and beyond.

**Please note this tour can only accommodate US citizens. ASME will share you name and contact information with the facility for security clearance. This will be the only time that this tour can take place during IMECE. Please don't contact the facility, they aren't able to offer outside tours at this time.