Summary of the Meeting of the PS Management Board
held on 14.01.2002
Present : S. Baird, J. Boillot,
D. Boimond (Staff Association), M. Chanel, G. Daems, J.P. Delahaye (Chairman),
B. Frammery, R. Garoby, G. Geschonke, J. Gruber, M. Lindroos, S. Maury, K. Metzmacher,
S.L. Neboux (Secretary), J.P. Potier, J.P. Riunaud, K. Schindl
Excused :B.W. Allardyce, H. Haseroth
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J.P. Delahaye started the meeting by congratulating the OP team which participated
in the 24 hour ski event in aid of cancer research for children. It was
composed of six people from OP Group who achieved 298.4 km of downhill skiing
during the 24 hours.
1. Follow-up of previous meeting and
DG : a message from the DG was published in last week's bulletin
and is also available on the web. A special web
form has been set up for CERN staff and users to give any ideas and
suggestions they may have to the LHC task forces.
: the first meeting between the External Review Committee and CERN
management took place last week.
- Possible further delay of LHC start-up : following a discussion
at the Directorate last Friday, it has been decided to consider the impact
on the CERN programme of delaying the start-up of LHC by one year (protons
in 2007 instead of 2006, lead ions in 2008 instead of 2007). For PS Division,
this would have an effect on the preparation of ions for LHC (LEIR and
PIL) and to a lesser extent for finishing off the protons, which are already
available for the SPS. The AC sector should be informed about the financial
and technical consequences for PS this Thursday. A mini-Technical Meeting
will be held on Wednesday, 16.01.2002 at 14.30 to elaborate a new planning,
in light of a possible postponement of the LHC start-up, with the Group
Leaders and Project Leaders concerned.
- 2002 Budget : B.W. Allardyce prepared a preliminary budget at
the end of last year and will give further explanations on his return
to work next week. A meeting with the AC Sector will take place to clarify
- LHC manpower plan : J. Boillot presented a summary of the LHC
Division Staff Requests received last week. A copy of the document with
a first estimate of requirements (which are based on a start-up of the
LHC with protons in 2006) will be distributed to Group Leaders. PS regrets
that there was no serious filtering of these requests for the time being
and that the resulting savings, due to insourcing of industrial support,
are disappointingly low. As no recruitment is possible this year and very
little in the coming years, it is necessary to try to find people amongst
the existing staff for the period 2002 to 2006. J. Boillot will study
the situation in PS with the Group Leaders, taking into account the shortened
operation programme, reduction of R&D and a possible one year postponement
of the ions for LHC programme. If some people are then available for other
work, priority will be given to PS activities for LHC. J.P. Delahaye will
attend a meeting on Friday, 18.01.2002 with the Division Leaders of the
Accelerator and Technical Sectors to discuss solutions for the LHC staff
requests, which he will summarise at next week's PSMB.
- IT Computer Centre : the division has just received information
that all the computer centre will stop all day on Saturday, 09.02.2002.
This will affect the servers, but the controls and office networks will
not be interrupted. B. Frammery will investigate the consequences for
PS and contact IT Division.
- Industrial Services contracts : apparently PS requests for industrial
services personnel in January for shutdown work have not been signed by
SPL. This could have serious consequences on maintenance work and installation
of ISOLDE controls. In the absence of B. Allardyce, J. Boillot will contact
SPL to find out where and why these requests (which had already been drastically
reduced) have been blocked. Action : J. Boillot
- Fellowship Selection Committee : requests for extensions have
already been submitted to the Sector following a request from the Director
last week. However, the deadline for new requests remains as originally
foreseen (Wednesday, 16.01.2002 lunchtime), in order to set divisional
2. Follow-up of the PS complex shutdown work
- Bending magnet : J.P. Riunaud reported that the magnet arrived
on time and tests are being carried out. The situation will be reviewed
at the beginning of February.
- Asbestos : G. Daems said that the asbestos cleaning work should
be terminated by the end of this week.
- Safety : G. Daems also mentioned that the Transport Service has
asked for two parking places to be suppressed in the PS courtyard to make
more room for manoeuvres of lorries in front of the South
Hall extension. This will be accepted as it will also facilitate access
for fire engines in case of an emergency. In view of the reduction of
hired cars available for the division, R. Garoby asked if it would be
possible to compensate by reducing the number of parking places for official
cars. Action : M.N. Alliod to investigate if official parking
places can be reduced.
3. Operators' work programme during the shutdown
S. Baird presented the list of operators and the work that has been assigned
to them during the long shutdown. Work covers software applications (standard
CO), special software, hardware, administration, measurements and installation.
Almost all requests from groups have been satisfied. Approximately half
of the jobs will be supervised directly by the groups concerned.
B. Frammery suggested that the PS/OP
shutdown lectures which take place during January and February, could
be regrouped and held over a shorter period. It should be noted that these
lectures are open to anybody interested.
In order to organise the work programme of the operators efficiently, any
requests from the groups should be given to S. Baird as far in advance as
4. Staff Association
D. Boimond said that the Staff Association is also suffering from the diminishing
number of staff and would like to encourage younger members to take an active
part in the Staff Association in order to defend the rights of the personnel.
Information received after the meeting : representatives of the
Staff Association met Dr. Aymar, Chairman of the ERC (External Review Committee),
on Saturday, 12.01.2002 and very open discussions were held. At the request
of Dr. Aymar, the Executive Committe will prepare a document with their
assessment of the situation and proposals for the future.
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