Proton Synchrotron Division


PS/DR/Note 2001-052 (Min.)      


Summary of the Meeting of the PS Management Board

held on 05.11.2001


Present : B.W. Allardyce, S. Baird, J. Boillot, M. Chanel, G. Daems, B. Frammery, R. Garoby, G. Geschonke, J. Gruber, H. Haseroth, M. Lindroos, S. Maury, K. Metzmacher, S.L. Neboux (Secretary), U. Raich, J.P. Riunaud, K. Schindl (Chairman)

Invited :

: D. Boimond (Staff Association), J.P. Delahaye, J.P. Potier

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The meeting was chaired by K. Schindl in the absence of J.P. Delahaye who was attending a special CERN Management Board.

1. Follow-up of previous meeting and matters arising

2. Follow-up of schedule meeting and PS complex operation

3. Report from the SPSC

J.P. Riunaud gave a summary of the 55th SPSC meeting held on 30.10.2001. Items of particular interest to PS concerned the status of SPS, PS and their experiments, reports from HARP and DIRAC, and the schedules proposed for 2002. The SPSC asked for the 25 ns run requested for 2002 to be moved to 2003 and to start heavy ions a few days earlier than foreseen (week 37). The proposed schedule foresees a reduction of PS physics by 21 days and SPS physics by 7 days and gives rise to a saving of some 4 MCHF. At first sight, the schedule appears to be acceptable to the physics community, but any further cuts in beam allocation should be avoided. The committee also expressed their concern about the reduced consolidation of PS with hardly any reserve equipment.

4. Second job of operators during the shutdown

An analysis of second jobs for operators has been carried out in OP Group and S. Baird gave a presentation of first observations and ideas. During the 2000/2001 shutdown, operators worked on software applications, hardware development and maintenance, training of operators, pole-face winding measurements and safety procedures.

During the 2001/2002 shutdown, there will be 4 months without shift and in 2002/2003 about 6 months. Apart from some time spent on specific training on accelerator operation, resources will be available for other groups. S. Baird presented the situation for the 2001/2002 shutdown and areas where help would be available. Several jobs have to be continued and a few requests for jobs have been received so far. Group and Project Leaders should contact S. Baird to let him know their needs as soon as possible. For software jobs B. Frammery requested that CO be informed of such requests since it will have to provide some kind of support in any case. Action : Group and Project Leaders

He stressed also that for operators taking on a new second job, it is vital that groups give clear specifications, as well as sufficient technical help and supervision. M. Lindroos added that there are good examples of excellent supervision and productivity, where second jobs were of benefit to the operators and to the groups concerned. It was also proposed to think ahead and arrange some brainstorming about second jobs during the longer shutdowns and to try to improve the procedure.


                                                       Susan Neboux

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