Get Up to Speed!
The 2012 ADCIRC Boot Camp is a three day training event immediately following the end of the 2012 ADCIRC Workshop. It is an intense information and training session for new ADCIRC users. It could be considered a "forced march" of knowledge transfer, hence the name "Boot Camp". Its purpose is to welcome new users to the ADCIRC community by getting them up to speed quickly.
The Boot Camp will provide the full spectrum of knowledge required to create, run, and analyze a coastal regional model using ADCIRC; this includes the ADCIRC model itself as well as pre- and post-processing tools. Dr. Jason Fleming (Seahorse Coastal Consulting) will be teaching the ADCIRC model portion of the Boot Camp, while Dr. Alan Zundel (Aquaveo) will demonstrate and discuss the most commonly used meshing and analysis software in the ADCIRC Community: the Surface-water Modeling Solution (or SMS) from Aquaveo.
SMS topics from Alan Zundel of Aquaveo:
ADCIRC topics from Jason Fleming of Seahorse Coastal Consulting:
The presentation style will be a mix of lecture, demonstration, and interactive discussion. The instructors will also specify hands-on work for those trainees that have a laptop with them with the SMS and/or ADCIRC software already loaded. The training venue will have wireless internet access available for downloading input data from internet-based external data sources.
The three days that a new ADCIRC user invests in this training event could save weeks of project time spent in guesswork and trial-and-error. The Boot Camp also provides value for more experienced users, because the discussion includes the underlying rationale behind various features, as well as highlighting time-saving tips and tricks that are not especially prominent in the documentation.
The registration fee includes light lunches and morning and afternoon coffee breaks and snacks for all three days of the Boot Camp. Break times present great opportunities for professional networking as well as knowledge transfer and sharing of ideas among ADCIRC users at all levels of experience.
The overall value provided by the ADCIRC Boot Camp is demonstrated by the growth rate of attendance at the event, which exceeds 50% annually. Some representative feedback from past attendees:
"I liked the format of the adcirc portion of going through each parameter. Thanks again, I think we all got a lot out of it."
"I thought the Boot Camp was awesome. For researchers like me, it was extremely beneficial to get into the guts of the mechanisms behind the scenes of the fort files. ... [the] format was engaging."
We are looking forward to working with you this year at the 2012 ADCIRC Boot Camp!
The ADCIRC Boot Camp will be held in a private meeting space at the Fire Station 1 restaurant, located at 8131 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910, USA. The training site is 7 blocks (15 minute walk) from the NOAA facility where the ADCIRC Workshop will be held. As a result, there are no complications, restrictions, security deadlines, or paperwork requirements for international participants at this venue.
The greater DC metro area is served by three airports, all of which are easily accessible from Silver Spring.
Reagan National Airport: 14 miles from Silver Spring; taxi is ~$40 but also served by Metro rail for $5 or less.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: 30 miles from Silver Spring; taxi is ~$80 but you could also use the blue SuperShuttle vans (www.supershuttle.com or 800-BLUEVAN).
Washington Dulles International Airport: 30 miles from Silver Spring; taxi is ~$80 but you could also use the blue SuperShuttle vans for approximately (www.supershuttle.com or 800-BLUEVAN).
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Hampton Inn Silver Spring: 301-588-5887
Homewood Suites Silver Spring: 301-565-0005
Doubletree by Hilton Silver Spring: 301-589-5200
Crowne Plaza Silver Spring: 301-589-0800
If you are looking for other lodging, the proximity of the training site to the Silver Spring Metro station means that staying in downtown DC is an option. However, please be aware that Silver Spring covers a very large area and some hotels listed in Silver Spring may be 5+ miles away from the training site.
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