Know your Fermilab Engineering Manual

Nigel Lockyer

The foundation of a building is critical to the building’s function and longevity. By definition, everything is built on it.

The same is true for devices designed at Fermilab: They must be built on sound footing.

Many people have heard of the Fermilab Engineering Manual, but few understand that it applies to everyone who designs and builds devices at the lab, not only engineers. The manual outlines the good practices that must go into every design by using a graded approach that is driven by the complexity of the design.

The manual’s nine sections are:

  1. Requirements and Specifications
  2. Engineering Risk Analysis
  3. Requirements, Specifications and Risk Analysis Reviews
  4. System Design
  5. Engineering Design Review
  6. Procurement and Implementation
  7. Testing and Validation
  8. Release to Operation
  9. Final Documentation

There is also a large appendix of examples for each section.

To everyone at the lab who designs devices: Start your project on a good foundation. Understand and use the Fermilab Engineering Manual.