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Orientation and Training

Users must complete the following steps for registration, training, and on-site Internet access.

Delivering your Equipment

Users may send equipment and supplies (diagnostics, instruments, targets, gases, and tools, etc.) ahead of arrival. We recommend scheduling these shipments to arrive at least seven days before your run. Please try not to schedule the shipment to arrive more than one month ahead of your run. Make sure all charges for shipping and freight are covered. For shipments originating outside the US contact Ghedi International, Inc., UT Austin customs broker, for customs clearance and make sure all fees are paid. If you are returning any items to your home facility after your run, please make sure these are packed for shipment and that the pickup is arranged before you leave campus. We can provide ½” plastic strapping, tensioner, crimper, smooth seals, edge protectors, and stretch wrap.

The TPW has freight elevator access to the experimental area. The dimensions of the elevator are 13′ × 6½′ ×8′. For large crates and deliveries, there is a truck-height loading dock available for your use. Pallet jacks, electronic lifters, and furniture dollies are also available.



Center for High Energy Density Science
The University of Texas at Austin
2515 Speedway Stop C1510
PMA 5.208,
Austin, TX 78712-1204
Attn: Hernan Quevedo

Physics Department Machine Shop
The University of Texas at Austin
2515 Speedway
PMA 3.206
Austin, TX 78712-1204
Attn: Hernan Quevedo

For freight shipments, please contact Hernan first to arrange details. Freight uses the machine shop address that is opened M-F from 7 AM to 4 PM; they can reach TPW personnel at shipment arrival. The truck should park in the loading dock (mark with a star in the figure bellow), the entrance is on Dean Keaton (26th street) between Speedway and the pedestrian bridge (marked with an arrow).

Loading dock

Travel Logistics

The local airport is Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Public transportation between the airport and campus is available via Capital Metro (via 20‑Manor Rd/Riverside). Other options include taxi (Yellow Cab, 512‑452‑9999), rental car (Enterprise, 737‑484‑3896), or rideshare (Uber, 512‑530‑2242).


See this website for up to date information about where to stay, eat, and get around in Austin. Several teams have rented a house for the entire group through Vrbo or Airbnb instead of several hotel rooms. It is important that you choose your accommodation and transportation considering the increased traffic around Austin, especially when crossing the Colorado river (check typical traffic in google maps).

Parking and the UT Campus

See also the map of PMA on campus. The TPW is located in the basement of the PMA building.

Parking is very limited on the UT campus, but there are several options. Most of the on-the-street parking around the campus and surrounding areas has been converted to city-operated hourly pay parking, so if you park in that area, be sure to check carefully to determine whether payment is needed. The Speedway Garage and the San Jacinto Garage are both fairly close, but cost $18 per day. Finally, as an appointed Visiting Scientist or Visiting Student, you are eligible to purchase an “A” parking permit for the duration of the academic year; whether this is cost-effective for you will depend on your individual preferences and needs; for permit information (including current rates and maps of which lots you can use with an “A” permit), check with the UT Parking and Transportation Services.


Alternatively, depending on where you will be staying, you might be able to use the Capital Metro public transit system. A large number of bus lines have stops either within or directly adjacent to campus, including several city busses (MetroBus, MetroRapid, and MetroExpress), the MetroRail, as well as all of the UT Shuttle Bus lines. The shuttle busses only run during regular class sessions, so be sure to check the schedules first. The MetroRapid (801 and 803) is one of the best options with high frequency service, 7 days a week, onboard wi-fi but with limited number of bus stops. Other high-frequency options can be found in this map. As an appointed Visiting Scientist or Visiting Student you can ride all these options for free.