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Newsletter #26

November 22, 2016

Dear BrightnESS Partners,

Extended information can be found by pressing the "read more" button below the article. If you have news on, for example, technical progress, participation in events or published articles, please let us know.

What's happening in Lund?

Site Visit from BrightnESS General Assembly Representatives

Spanish In-Kind delivery. On November 11, 200 specially engineered concrete blocks were received at the ESS site from in-kind partner and BrightnESS partner ESS Bilbao. This represents the project’s first major in-kind delivery to the site.

The interlocking blocks are part of the Tuning Beam Dump, one of ESS Bilbao’s six in-kind contributions to the Target sub-project. This transfer of ownership also served as the first test of ESS logistics and in-kind receiving processes and procedures, and involved coordination between ESS-Bilbao, Target, Conventional Facilities, Procurement, Legal and In-Kind Management. Read more.

Contact information for Hub Coordinators and In-Kind Field Coordinators. The BrightnESS website has been updated with list of the Hub Coordinators, who work with expanding the ESS community and network, and the In-Kind Field Coordinators, who work with maximising the possibility for ESS and In-Kind partner organisations to deliver value during the Construction Phase. The pages contain an overview of the various hubs as well as e-mail links to the individual Coordinators.   
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) at ESS met on November 9-10 to cover the instrument scope-setting as well as the bunker, moderators and the operations cost review. The Committee was presented with conclusions from October's instrument scope-setting meetings, including initial scope, cost-book value and upgrade path for each instrument.
The ESS Motion Control and Automation Group hosted its second Workshop for In-Kind partners involved in Instrument Projects on November 15-17. Participants from Jülich, Geesthacht, ISIS, ESS Bilbao, Wigner and CNR participated in discussions on best practices, standards and the way forward for issues related to Motion Control. Topics included components for harsh environment, piezoelectric actuators and robotics.

What's happening at the Partner Institutes?

On November 14-15, ESS Bilbao hosted the first workshop on best practices for engineering in areas linked to large-scale science projects, financed by in-kind contributions, like the European Spallation Source. Around one hundred scientists from Europe gathered at the event.  

Engineers and physicists from around the world met to discuss the requirements and restrictions that arise in large-scale science projects from aspects related to engineering to the standardisation of the different components. The workshop also focused on best practises for documentation management systems, data exchange tools, standardisation of 3D designs and supply standardisation for components required to manufacture systems and subsystems (cables, vacuum pumps, screws, connectors and others). Essentially, the aim was to achieve greater coherence in all engineering-related areas of these inherently complex projects that are financed by in-kind contributions from a number of different partners.

- Initiatives like this workshop are very important for a complex and large project as the ESS. Communication, exchange of experience and best practice are the path for the success of cooperative projects as the ESS,” says José Luis Martínez, Executive Director of ESS Bilbao. Read more.

BrightnESS at Dutch Precision Fair. On November 16, ESS and BrightnESS were represented at the 16th Precision Fair. The fair took place in Veldhoven near Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

During the Big Science session at the fair, Richard Hall-Wilton, ESS Group leader, Detectors, held the presentation “Realising a New Generation of Neutron Detectors for the European Spallation Source” while Carlos A. Martins, ESS Converters work package leader, presented “Powering the worldwide most powerful linear accelerator.”   

Apart from ESS, also CERN, ITER, ESRF, ESA and the space research Athena were on the programme. The Precision Fair has grown to become the meeting point for precision technology and has now built international reputation.

PHOTO: From left Richard Hall-Wilton, ESS Group leader, Detectors; Toon Verhoeven from BrightnESS partner institute Technical University of Delft; and Carlos A. Martins, ESS Converters work package leader

People inside BrightnESS

Philippa Kingston is a WP2 Field Coordinator in the UK. After studying Biochemistry at University, for the last 7 years she has worked on major infrastructure projects in the UK rail industry, including Crossrail, the new cross London rail line. Her experience includes roles in Project and Programme management, Interface management and most recently project monitoring and assurance at the UK Rail Regulator. Read more.

Upcoming Events

November 22: Opportunities for UK industry to engage with ESS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK

November 29-30: Danish and Swedish company visit to Harwell Science Campus, Harwell, UK

December 5-6: ERIC Council meeting in Bilbao, Spain

December 6-7: Superconductivity and
Particle Accelerators Conference, Kraków, Poland

For comments or questions:
Raquel Costa
BrightnESS Coordination Team

BrightnESS is funded by the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, under grant agreement 676548.

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