The U.S. Department of Energy has conferred two Project Management Achievement awards for Fermilab projects: the Muon g-2 Project and the Utilities Upgrade Project. They were two of three awards given out this year for Office of Science projects.
The project teams include staff from Fermilab, the DOE Fermi Site Office and the DOE Office of Science Office of High Energy Physics.
The Muon g-2 Project team built an experiment to precisely measure the magnetic dipole moment of a muon. The property can be measured through a precise measurement of what physicists call the muon’s “g-2” (pronounced “gee minus two”).
The team was commended for “successfully completing this complex project ahead of schedule and under budget, and for continuing to keep the U.S. at the forefront of this important physics frontier.”
The $46 million project repurposed and upgraded equipment from Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York and Fermilab, transforming it into a new state-of-the-art experiment at Fermilab.
The Fermilab Muon g-2 Project team overcame many complex challenges: relocating one of the world’s largest superconducting magnets from Brookhaven to Fermilab, refurbishing and reusing equipment from the Tevatron collider, and developing and fabricating precision detectors and instruments.
The Utilities Upgrade Project provides Fermilab with a dependable utility infrastructure essential to supporting the development and production of accelerator technology, which is key to successfully accomplishing the Office of Science’s mission.
The $36 million project included the design and construction of an upgraded industrial cooling-water system and an upgraded high-voltage electrical system.
The project team was commended for “careful planning and execution,” ensuring that it achieved its goals “while greatly increasing Fermilab’s electrical, fire suppression and industrial cooling water reliability.”
DOE presented the awards at a ceremony on April 24 at the DOE Project Management Workshop in Washington, D.C.