Top five from the Technical Division

Sergey Belomestnykh

On June 13, the Technical Division held its all-hands meeting. We are keeping busy – moving full steam ahead on various R&D programs and projects, shifting personnel to facilitate the execution of the lab’s priorities and, very visibly, constructing or renovating buildings that house our organization – both people and technical facilities.

1. We’re doing exciting work in high-field magnet, SRF and superconducting materials research. Our many projects are making good progress: LCLS-II, PIP-II, HL-LHC Accelerator Upgrade Project, Mu2e. The R&D results reflect excellent work, and we’re hitting our project benchmarks. We’re also working on newer projects that are likely not as familiar to the lab but soon will be. For example, we expect new funding on superconducting quantum systems research, and we’ve received funding for SRF R&D on LCLS-II HE.

2. Our main contribution to LBNF/DUNE is through PIP-II. The PIP-II project launched the CD-2/3a process to finalize baseline cost. For PIP-II, we’re designing and building a modern SRF linac and cryogenic system; working on spoke cavities to operate in one of the cryomodules; and constructing PIP2IT cryogenic distribution system for testing SRF cryomodules. We’re also providing the expertise to the LBNF project in conventional magnets for beamlines and in cryogenics.

3. Safety is important in work planning. Always ask first: Do I know everything I need to know? You can refer to FESHM, which has a listserv you can subscribe to for updates. For example, FESHM codifies new procedures related to nanomaterials and suspended work platforms. Keep in mind that all work need a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), and for some, a written JHA is required. Some equipment and systems need to be reviewed by subject matter experts. And finally, some work needs special approvals and permits (for example, confined space entries). Contact the TD safety officer, Rob Bushek, with questions.

4. We’re improving TD’s facilities. Many who spend time in the Industrial Building Complex have noticed both that a number of our facilities are being renovated and that we’re building new ones. Current and future projects will have a good fraction of TD personnel relocating to new offices.

5. TD personnel are reorganizing. A number of reorganization changes will have us saying hello to new colleagues and goodbye to current ones. The recent personnel shifts are primarily between TD, PPD and PIP-II. Details are reflected in the updated TD organization chart, which one can find on the TD website.