The benefits of teamwork

Michael Weis

Michael Weis, DOE Fermi Site Office manager, wrote this column.

Less than two weeks ago, the Muon g-2 storage ring was successfully delivered from Brookhaven National Laboratory near Long Island, NY, to Fermilab, completing a highly publicized and closely watched month-long, 3,200-mile cross-country trip. It’s been a very long journey, both literally and figuratively, and took incredible teamwork to relocate the 50-foot-diameter ring. We are proud to have been part of the team that brought the ring to Fermilab.

The Fermi Site Office, along with Fermilab, Brookhaven Lab, the Brookhaven Site Office, the DOE Office of Science program representatives and its Integrated Support Center, worked together as a team to plan and complete the numerous and myriad activities necessary to disassemble and move the storage ring and associated subsystems over land and water. Contract reviews, environmental evaluations, project approvals, and health and safety reviews were just a few of the many steps along the path that FSO completed to support the project and enable the successful move.

The FSO team was instrumental in the review of the transportation subcontract and participated at Brookhaven as part of the relocation team in safety reviews, public relations planning and other logistics, including a review of the entire 3,200-mile route. Additionally, as part of an ad hoc committee, FSO gave recommendations on transportation, construction and operations when it came to clearing or excavation, demolition and decommissioning, air emissions, liquid effluent, hazardous or other regulated waste, radiation exposures or radioactive air emissions, new or modified permits, and public utilities and services.

The FSO team also watched along with many of you as the ring made its way to Fermilab, culminating in one of the most notable celebrations in lab history on July 26.

Delivery of the ring was just an early step in executing the Muon g-2 experiment, which will be more sensitive to virtual or hidden particles and forces than any previous experiment of its kind. The experiment will make use of the Fermilab accelerator complex’s intense beam of muons to measure with high precision a quantity known as the muon magnetic moment. If confirmed, the discovery would open a window on subatomic interactions that go beyond the particles and forces described by the Standard Model.

This experiment is one of many that will continue to deliver exciting science at Fermilab. And, like the others, it reinforces the fundamental teamwork required for success of both Fermilab and all of us involved in these important DOE Office of Science activities.