Siemens has assembled a road show displaying 137,000 of its products in a portable structure called the exiderdome, a two-story, 10,000 sq-ft modular venue built of 55 standard shipping containers that can be assembled and disassembled for transport via land and water.
Dubbed a traveling automation technology expo and learning laboratory, the exiderdome consists of eight separate product areas, conference rooms, an executive lounge and a central atrium that can be used for receptions, training sessions, multimedia presentations and black-tie events.
The U.S. tour will begin in Chicago, where it will be docked at Navy Pier on an ocean-going barge from July 21-25. From there it will sail to its next three U.S. stops, plus three Canadian cities along the St. Lawrence Seaway. To reach its final five U.S. destinations, it will be transferred to a convoy of 55 tractor trailers.
After Chicago, the dome will go to Detroit (Aug. 8-15), Boston (Oct. 18-23), New York (Nov. 1-7), Charlotte, N.C. (Dec. 8-12), Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 2-6, 2009), Los Angeles (March 5-11, 2009), Denver (April 6-10, 2009) and Houston, (May 4-8, 2009). The exiderdome has been on tour elsewhere in the world since 2005, when it debuted in Shanghai. Since then it has appeared across Asia, Russia, Mexico and Canada. After the U.S., it will go to South America.