Summary of the Meeting of the PS Management Board
held on 29.10.2001
Present : B.W. Allardyce,
S. Baird, J. Boillot, D. Boimond (Staff Association), M. Chanel, G. Daems, J.P.
Delahaye (Chairman), B. Frammery, G. Geschonke, J. Gruber, H. Haseroth, E. Jensen,
M. Lindroos, S. Maury, S.L. Neboux (Secretary), J.P. Potier, J.P. Riunaud, K.
Invited : F. Perriollat, J. Schinzel
Excused : R. Garoby, K.D. Metzmacher
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1. PS Training Plan
- As discussed at the PSMB
of 30.04.2001, the Joint Training Board wishes to use training as
a strategic management tool and has asked divisions to elaborate divisional
training plans with a three-year prospective. This will enable the Education
Services to prepare courses better adapted to the needs of the divisions
and to publish a programme of courses with fixed dates well in advance.
J. Schinzel gave a summary
of actions taken in PS. An individual training plan will be provided for
each staff member, to be completed and kept up to date by the supervisor
and the person involved. Existing information on courses followed during
the past few years will be taken from the HR database. Supervisors and
staff should indicate what is needed in the future and, in particular,
for what activity, as well as feedback on courses taken. Information will
be co-ordinated by the Group Linkmen who will play a more active role
than in the past. The aim is to supply information which is useful to
Group Leaders, Education Service and to staff themselves. An Oracle web-based
tool has been developed in PS for collecting data, and a CERN working
group, of which J. Schinzel is a member, is also studying the possibility
of an EDH-based form.
Collection of data by the end of November was not found to be possible
due to pressure of work and it was decided that the information will be
collected during the next MOAS exercise as usual. However, CO and OP have
agreed to act as guinea pigs for this exercise and during the next two
months will test the new system and make sure that everything is in place
2. Follow-up of previous meeting and matters
- PSMB 22.10.2001 : no comments
- Morges III : the next Morges meeting will take place the week
after the Finance
Committee of 7.11.2001. Manpower and resources will be discussed and,
in particular, within the context of decisions taken at the FC. In preparation
for this meeting, a report from PS was given to the Director of Accelerators
on Friday and will be distributed to the PSMB. J.P. Delahaye thanked Group
and Project Leaders for providing information on their groups/projects
and J. Boillot for putting it all together.
- PS Manpower Plan : this report proposed at the PS Manpower Days
on 2.5.2001, and made in collaboration with the Group Leaders, is now
almost completed. It is consistent with the Medium-Term Plan and will
be published this week, bearing in mind, however, that it will probably
have to be reviewed due to the current budget restrictions.
meeting : the meeting on Wednesday, 31.10.2001 will be devoted
to PS Ions for LHC (PIL).
The cost of this project has been reviewed and accepted, but it is now
necessary to issue a complete report to document and to justify the important
expenses needed for PIL and LEIR.
on Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment : this workshop was held
from 25-27 October 2001 with an important participation by American physicists.
Technical problems and solutions were addressed for something financially
reasonable but still technically sound. It was decided that H. Haseroth
will give a summary of the workshop at a future PSMB. H. Haseroth mentioned
that he attended the
MUTAC Meeting held 18-19.10.2001 and that American reactions are very
positive concerning international research.
- BD selection committee : candidates for both BD posts have now
- ISOLDE front-end : the attempt to install the new front-end on
the GPS was not successful. Despite having worked well for the first few
days, a lot of sparking occurred and got rapidly worse with a huge current
leak on the fifth day. It was found that the target unit on the front-end
was contaminated with oil. The target unit and front-end were cleaned
and the sparking disappeared, but unfortunately the huge current leak,
building up after about one hour, continued and the run had to be cancelled.
Various solutions have been discussed, but the only possibility is to
take the front-end out during the shutdown for cleaning as oil contamination
appears to be the cause of the problem. J.P. Delahaye regretted physics
time will be lost, but wished to congratulate and thank the whole team
for working so hard to build and install the new front-end in such a short
time. As reported previously, no spare front-end will be available for
the next two years.
- ISOLDE Consolidation : a revised budget has been submitted by
M. Lindroos, taking into account an expected cut of 10%. This means that
we are now entering the phase where it will not be possible to do things
that should be done and the consequences will be studied once a final
figure has been given.
Committee : J. Gruber attended a meeting of the Electronic Engineering
Committee (ELEC) where the review of computing support for engineering
was presented. The purpose of this review was to survey the support of
computing for engineering provided at CERN, and to advise the management
on how to continue to provide the necessary support in the years to come,
given the evolving constraints on resources. Another meeting will be held
next week concerning the ELEC budget and the changes that will have to
be made in the future. J. Gruber will report to the PSMB in two weeks
time on this evolution.
to Windows 2000 : B. Frammery reported on the migration
to Windows 2000 in the division and said that about one third has been
completed. Migration of 12-18 machines per batch will now continue at
two-weekly intervals. The forms prepared by PS for this migration will
be used also by other CERN divisions. J. P. Delahaye said that everything
had been well organised and thanked B. Frammery, D. Dagan and F. Lancia.
PS migration is expected to be finished by June 2002.
- Honorary Members : G. Daems (as President of the DSO Committee)
addressed a message to V. Hatton (as President of CHIS), concerning the
status of honorary members as regards medical coverage. A reply has been
received where V. Hatton has confirmed that the status is identical to
that of retired members of personnel who are not fully insured for accidents
and illnesses on the site or during travel between the site and home.
For people insured by CERN's health insurance scheme, incurred costs will
be reimbursed at 90%. This is indicated in the letter sent to honorary
members by the Director General.
- Operation : the PS will stop at the end of this week, the PSB
and ISOLDE at the end of November, and exceptionally this year, CTF on
14.12.2001. Next year CTF will start and stop at the same date as other
machines at the end of October.
- AD : AD stopped on Friday 26.10.2001. Operation went well this
year and progress made was impressive. Users regretted that operation
could not continue for another week. J.P. Delahaye congratulated G. Gabrielse
on receiving the 2002 Davvison-Germer
prize for work carried out at LEAR.
- ASACUSA : on
25.10.2001 ASACUSA trap group successfully extracted and transported ultra
slow DC antiprotons beams from their harmonic trap. Pulsed antiprotons
of 106.5 keV from the RFQD were trapped, cooled with preloaded electrons,
and then extracted as a monoenergetic antiproton beam of 250 eV. The extracted
antiproton beam was successfully transported for more than 3.3 m from
the trap passing through three small differential pumping apertures. Y.
Yamazaki said that he appreciated very much the support of the AD and
RFQD teams during the run as this was essential for making this experiment
- East Hall : J.P. Delahaye thanked the whole team for working
to set up and regulate the beam at 20 GeV/c following the water leak on
one of the magnets. Unfortunately, after several hours this proved unsuccessful
as the magnet switched off even at this lower current level. J.P. Delahaye
said that these problems will happen more and more and he will bring up
the subject at the SPSC and Research Board. The PS has worked well until
now because of work foreseen 10-15 years ago, but as it is no longer possible
to carry out consolidation work the situation will be critical in the
future and we are already starting to see the problems now and the future
of the PS is at risk.
- DSC (Device Stub Controllers) : DSC with new Middleware
were used for the restarting of the AD and, apart from a few start-up
problems, worked well.
- Shutdown schedule for the demineralised water cooling stations :
S. Baird has received, from J. Kuhnl-Kinel, the shutdown
schedule for the demineralised water cooling stations, which was reviewed
and updated following the users' requests.
- Tests of automatic switching EOS-EDF on Saturday 10.11.2001 :
PS operation would like to start up the machines without beam already
on Sunday, 11.11.2001 and, therefore, ask the PO piquet to switch on the
power converters on Sunday morning.
- CTF2 : G. Geschonke reported that very positive results had been
obtained with the first iris structure, consisting of tungsten: a surface
field of 300 MV/m was reached without damage. Such a breakthrough opens
a possible way to the CLIC nominal accelerating field of 150 MV/m. The
PSMB contratulates the whole team for these excellent achievements.
- CTF3 : G. Geschonke also spoke about a radiation peak in the
klystron gallery. One part has now been declared as a "controlled
area" and the time spent there limited. Shielding will be reinforced
- some during the coming shutdown and the rest during the 2002/2003 shutdown.
4. Industrial Support in PS Division
F. Perriollat was invited to the PSMB to present the
status of industrial support in the division after the reorganisation
earlier this year. A summary was given of the results of the first six months,
the next steps to be taken and the objectives for 2002.
He stressed the importance of providing the firms with a correct planning
of work to be carried out as this is essential for the efficient functioning
of these teams. A meeting will be held next week where F. Perriollat will
collect the information for each group for the first six months of 2002
and this will then be agreed with the Group Leaders before being transmitted
to the firms.
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