1. Follow-up of previous meeting and
- Technical Student Committee : all five requests from PS Division
were accepted. In three cases the candidates asked for, for OP the reserve
candidate and for PP a candidate who has the choice between PS and EP.
- MAPS : contrary to what was originally required, HR informed
the division that the Career Review Report is not necessary for people
proposed for an EAZ (exceptional advancement zone) grade.
- Scientific Associates : divisional deadline for requests is 2.5.2002
- file available in S. Neboux's office.
- Controls : discussions are taking place between SL/BI and PS/CO
on different ways of reorganizing controls activities in the sector. B
Frammery will give more details next week.
- LHC posts : last year PS and SL carried out a large review of
manpower in order to establish a long-term plan of people needed and the
evolution in the coming years. This has not yet been done in LHC. It is,
however, vital that posts and work packages required in LHC be defined
in order to reduce costs as much as possible. As mentioned previously
one possibility is a work package for magnetic measurements to be carried
out by PS and SL operators. A list of 69 posts was established several
months ago, however the figures have not been reviewed in the light of
the one year delay of LHC and the reduction in the operation of the accelerators.
and division leaders of SL, PS, EST and ST have tried to find people with
a corresponding profile and discussed with group leaders concerned if
a possible matching could be made. Despite the loss for the division but
in the interest of LHC and CERN, two PS people will go to LHC as from
1st May 2002, both from BD Group. G. Molinari will be transferred to LHC
to follow up the manufacture of the LHC magnets and N. Chohan will be
detached to organize the magnetic measurement tests. Discussions are also
taking place on several other cases. Three people have been found so far
in SL. Many requests concern technicians but the expertise required corresponds
more to staff in EST and ST than PS. Manpower is also required for controls
work for LHC and B. Frammery considers that it should be possible for
the future Controls Group to take over tasks after the restructuring of
SL and PS divisions.
- Deputy Flammable Gas Safety Officer : G. Molinari is at present
DFGSO for PS, so a replacement will have to found following his transfer
to LHC. Action : G. Daems.
- May 1952 : the first meeting of the future CERN Council was held
fifty years ago in Paris in May 1952 to prepare the convention signed
in 1953 to establish CERN. Four Groups were proposed and leaders nominated,
one of which was the PS Group headed by O. Dahl and the others SC Group
(C.Bakker), Laboratory Group (L. Kowarski) and Theory Group (Niels Bohr).
Our former colleague, Kjell Johnsen, took part in this first meeting.
The official CERN 50 year celebration will take place in 2003, but J.P.
Delahaye has proposed to the DG to hold a small party in the PS cafeteria
on 23 May to celebrate this first meeting towards the founding of CERN
and at the same time to inaugurate the posters in the first floor corridor
of buildings 6/10 illustrating the history of the PS complex. H.
Koziol and K. Johnsen will be invited to speak on this occasion.
- Windows 2000 : B. Frammery gave a summary
of the collective migration to Windows 2000 performed by IT in PS Division
which ended last
Thursday. Fifteen sessions took place since September 2001 and altogether
375 PCs were migrated out of the 426 machines identified. The older PCs
were upgraded (hard disk, memory, BIOS) to be able to accommodate the
new operating system and the oldest machines (Pentium 133 MHz) were exchanged
for 200 MHz PCs, apart from a few machines which will be rapidly eliminated.
Most of the non-migrated PCs had to remain with Windows 95 or Windows
NT4 to stay compatible with specific application software. The whole work
was organized by B. Frammery with D. Dagan doing all the administrative
work (individual technical files, mailings plus some interviews) and Y.
Renaud doing most of the user interviews since January. Finally J-M. Elyn
and N. de Metz-Noblat dealt with the Linux installation for users who
needed it as a second operating system and P. Potdevin and his team dealt
with the orders, the management of the stock of PCs and the lab work on
these machines. The next migration, towards Windows XP, is already in
the pipeline but this one should be performed directly through the network
as for a Service Package upgrade. On behalf of the PSMB, J.P. Delahaye
expressed his appreciation of the work done by the whole team, and in
particular F. Lancia, our local support.
- Start-up of machines : all machines are starting-up according
to schedule, with PS today, AD next Monday and SPS next Friday 10.5.2002
where a difficult LHC-type beam will have to be prepared for beam scrubbing.
The PS has started with a new B-train which is working well.
- Water leak : a leak occurred on the PSB kickers on Saturday 27.4.2002.
A member of PO Group closed the water valve in order to avoid further
damage and in accordance with the MCR it was decided that the repair could
wait until the following day . However, due to recent changes of responsibility
and absence from CERN, the repair took longer than foreseen. Nevertheless,
it is confirmed that the people responsible for specific equipment are
also responsible for its water supplies.
- Indium ion tests : this 3 day test of In37+ in the
PSB was highly successful. Parameters, which are quite different from
lead, require a more complicated way of accelerating the beam involving
the C16 cavities. This procedure works rather well. Furthermore the tests
pinned down a few items which have to be improved.
- Piquet : S. Baird mentioned a problem on Friday between the MCR
and PO piquet. J. Gruber encouraged better communication on both sides.
- ISOLDE EiC : during the weekend the ISOLDE EiC had to work excessive
hours. J.P. Delahaye pointed out that the division is trying to give the
best service possible with the people available, but that there are limits
to what can be done and asked to inform the ISOLDE co-ordinator about
- GPS front-end : M. Lindroos announced the first successful run
with the new GPS front-end (FE#4) and congratulated the whole team.
- AD : following an enquiry from B. Frammery regarding support
for AD during the next two weekends, S. Maury confirmed that work will
be carried out next weekend to prepare the AD start-up on Monday and that
help is needed on account of the reduced operation team.
- LHC beam for SPS : help will also be needed to prepare the LHC
beam for SPS. The SPS will start with one week of beam scrubbing as it
is the only week available before physics starts and these measurements
are fundamental for SPS and LHC to understand how beam scrubbing works
and whether it has beneficial effects on the electron cloud build-up.
A nominal LHC beam is required for Friday, 10.5.2002. Help will be give
to AD first, but in case of conflict priority will be given to the LHC
beam for SPS.
- Beam dumps : J.P. Potier spoke about the two dumps which failed
at start-up. This failure was investigated by the BD/PM section and the
reasons found. Although the repair is temporary, both beam dumps are now
- TV screens : R. Maccaferri is now responsible for the video and
C. Bal and S. Burger for the TV screens.
3. Report on the CERN Management Board
In the absence of J.P. Delahaye, K. Schindl attended the CERN Management
Board held on 25.4.2002. The DG announced the death of V. Weisskopf, former
Director-General, on 21.4.2002 at the age of 93. He also recalled the early
history of CERN, triggered by J.P. Delahaye, with the famous telegram sent
to I.I. Rabi on the "Birth of CERN" in February 1952 from an intergovernmental
meeting in Geneva "We have just signed the agreement which constitutes
the official birth of the project you fathered at Florence. Mother and child
are doing well and the doctors send you their greetings". In the same
year, the strong-focusing principle was adopted for the proposed PS machine.
As mentioned earlier the CERN convention was signed on 1 July 1953 and festivities
are being planned for the fiftieth anniversary.
B. Pollermann, IT, gave a report on long-term electronic archiving (LTEA).
For the present time, no coherent archiving policy exists at CERN, except
for CDS and EDMS. However, the technological progress on data storage is
rapid and the cost should diminish in the near future. In order to avoid
loss of documents during the next 3-5 years, it is proposed to extend e-mail
archiving as a limited, well-defined project and to mandate a small high-level
task force to define a CERN-wide record-handling policy.
The DG gave an oral presentation on the preparation of the June Committees
and recalled the history of the crisis in terms of 2002 budget allocation.
Preliminary versions of the medium-term and long-term plan are needed for
the SPC in May and the final versions should be available by the end of
May. Figures will be drafted by the Sectorial Planning Officers and checked
by divisions. Sectors and divisions will also have to work on the 170 MCHF
savings in Industrial Support by the redeployment of people, following the
delay of the LHC start-up and the stopping of SPS for one year.
The DG announced the setting-up of a Human
Resources Review Board with the objective of proposing an implementation
of a coherent Human Resources Management strategy to enable CERN to build
the LHC within the boundary conditions of the long-term plan. The work programme
includes (i) redeployment of CERN staff to LHC, (ii) monitoring of LD staff
rehiring, (iii) facilitate inter-sectorial staff mobility, (iv) prepare
implementation of locally recruited staff (LRS); and in the longer run (v)
implement P&M (personnel plus material cost) with appropriate recognition
of staff cost. All these measures are interrelated, and many actions have
to be taken in parallel, not sequentially, due to lack of time.
H. Schönbacher presented a review of TIS activities in 2001. Subjects
included the completion of LEP dismantling with nobody receiving a dose
>0.5 mSv. The material was barely radioactive, but must be stored inside
CERN and there is a lack of space for radioactive waste. As decided by the
Directorate, more ISR sectors will be made available for storing some 16000
tons. Other matters concerned the appointment of a full-time GLIMOS for
each LHC experiment, safety training courses given to newcomers, TSO's,
RSO's, FGSO's, CSO's etc. and the good relations with neighbouring Swiss
and French fire services which also includes the exchange of people which
means that the CERN fire brigade would not be alone in case of a major fire.
Twenty fires occurred in 2001 but around 560 alarms received and it is proposed
to improve the fire detection systems. TIS also warned the management to
be beware of budget cuts which might reduce the safety of personnel.
The next meeting will take place on 23 May 2002 and possible items on the
agenda are the MTP and LTP and restructuring of the ACC Sector.
4. Report on the SPS Days
S. Baird gave a personal
review of the SPS Days which took place in March and consisted of a
review of SPS operation during the past year and plans for the future. Two
other members of PS - D. Manglunki and M. Giovannozzi also attended
5. Report on the IPHI Workshop
Due to lack of time, R. Garoby was not able to report on this workshop
which took place in PS last week. He will give a presentation at the next
6. Other matters
Muon collaboration (MCOG) : H. Haseroth will present a summary of
this meeting at a forthcoming PSMB.
Safety Workshop : a safety workshop is being organized at CERN at
the end of October on the general issues of safety for future high intensity
facilities by M. Lindroos/PS, T. Otto/TIS and P. Thirols/LMU