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Vol. 56, Special Issue        March 2004
[Sandia National Laboratories]

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-0165    ||   Livermore, California 94550-0969
Tonopah, Nevada; Nevada Test Site; Amarillo, Texas

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Technology partnerships

Working under a single-laboratory/multi-partner CRADA, Sandia and four leading bit manufacturers jointly conducted extensive field tests that validated the hard-rock drilling capabilities of state-of-the-art drag bits and the utility of Sandia's new Diagnostics-While-Drilling (DWD) system, which provides novel real-time downhole and surface data for controlling the drilling process. The tests have effectively promoted the continued development and adoption of advanced drag-bit and instrumentation technologies for achieving significant reductions in the drilling costs associated with difficult geothermal, oil, and gas applications. (6200)

Responding to an increased need for assessing vulnerabilities of dams, transmission lines, water utilities, and chemical facilities, Sandia has developed risk-assessment methodologies (RAMsSM) and vulnerability-assessment methodologies (VAMsSM) and streamlined procedures to deploy these tools through more than 200 licensees. Other licensed technologies with homeland security applications include decontamination formulation, shooter identification, and microchemlab. We have also modified the automated Work for Others system, eWFO, enabling automated, rapid processing of Department of Homeland Security proposals while meeting DOE requirements. (1300, 1700, 2500, 4100, 6200, 8500, 11700)

The Sandia Science and Technology Park attracted four new tenants in FY03: Materials Processing & Coatings Laboratory, Zia Laser, MESA TOP, and Ktech Corporation. Additional highlights included Roadrunner Level Recognition by Quality New Mexico, the Park's five-year anniversary, and the completion of the Eubank Expansion Project. The Park boasts 16 companies and 850 employees. Total investment in the Park exceeds $120 million. An economic impact analysis performed this year determined that the Park has created more than 2,300 direct and indirect jobs, with the salary of each job averaging $45,000. (14030, 14031, 1300)

The rock blasting computer code, DMCBLAST, has been extended to include 3-D simulations. This work is the result of a 17-year collaboration with Orica USA Inc., the largest manufacturer of commercial explosives in the US. The capabilities of DMCBLAST have driven the conversion of the US surface coal mining industry to a practice called "cast blasting" wherein surface mining blasts are overloaded with explosives and the blasthole-to-blasthole detonation timing is controlled to maximize the explosively induced rock movement.

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