25-26 June 2015
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Visits programme

The visits will take place on Thursday 25 June in the second-half of the afternoon. The meeting point is located next to the CERN reception entrance, building 33 (see map).

A staff member will direct you to the buses on the so-called "Flag car park".

Three itineraries will be offered, namely:

- SM18 - Main Workshop

- Main Workshop - Building 180

- Building 180 - SM18

Participants should choose one of the three. Each group will be accompanied by a guide. Places are limited and will be granted on a first come first served basis. Please make sure you arrive no later than 16.15 at the meeting point in order to board the bus of your choice.

A staff member will check your identity before your board the bus. Anyone who has not previously signed up for the tour will not be allowed to join.

The buses will depart from the meeting point at 16.30 sharp.

A first drop off is foreseen at the CERN reception around 18.20 for those of you who will not join the dinner. The buses will make a second drop off inside CERN for the participants attending the dinner.


The SM18 is a unique facility at CERN for testing magnets and instrumentation at very low temperature (lowest being 1.9 K) and up to high currents (20 kA). It is equipped with 10 benches for testing superconducting magnets in horizontal or vertical position.

The Main Workshop is the facility where the components for the HL-LHC prototypes are produced. It has CAD/CAM and conventional machining, metrology, welding, equipment for NDT and vacuum testing.

Building 180 is a strategic site where the main winding and manufacturing activities for accelerator magnets are carried out. In building 180, there are also facilities for tools and equipment, like collaring presses, welding stations, and systems for magnetic, vacuum and metrology measurements.

Important information and requirements:

As SM18 is located on the French territory, participants must bring their passports for the visit.

Please note that open shoes, high heels and sandals are forbidden.

Participation in the visit is at the visitors’ own risk. Please take care of any equipment you may bring with you as you will remain fully responsible for its safety.

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