Top five takeaways from LBNF and the South Dakota Services Division

Chris Mossey

On December 3, the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and South Dakota Services Division team held our all-hands meeting following the lab-wide meeting in October. It’s a busy time, as we have accelerated the pace for the entire LBNF project over the past six months. 2019 will start fast as well, with our DOE Independent Progress Review happening in early January.

  1. Safety first, safety always. The increasing pace of activity on LBNF means that we must be more focused on safety than ever before. Everyone on the team is busy; please make sure that safety remains our top priority.
  2. We have a great team doing exciting, challenging, and important work! We’ve added a dozen people to our LBNF/SDSD team since June, and our people remain our most important resource. We’ve also forged many partnerships with the broader Fermilab team to provide support in many different areas, all vital to the project’s success.
  3. It’s almost impossible to over-communicate. As the LBNF team grows, it becomes even more important that we communicate effectively with one another. LBNF is an enormous project with many dependencies and interfaces, and it’s incumbent upon all of us to stop and think about who needs to know about what we’re doing, and how we can proactively pass information along.
  4. There will be “rules” and we’ll have to follow them. To manage LBNF, particularly as we transition to major construction at SURF, we must depend on the many processes that we’ve carefully thought out and documented.  When there are gaps in these processes, it’s important to coordinate and update in a timely manner.
  5. Baselining most of LBNF/DUNE this year is critical to the project’s success. With a director’s review scheduled for August and DOE review planned for October, we will need everyone’s full efforts to reach this important milestone.

2019 will be a big year for LBNF/DUNE, and with your help, it will be a very successful one!