Workshop on Accelerator Operations

Poster, WAO 2014

9th Workshop on Accelerator Operations

Oct 26 - Oct 31, 2014

GSI-DESY-FAIR-HIT

Mainz, Germany

 

WAO2014 will be the ninth in a long line of international workshops on accelerator operation. The questions asked at the first workshop remain the same: What are the most efficient and effective ways to operate a particle accelerator and an operations department? The objective of the workshop is to bring together people that operate accelerators and to help them exchange ideas about accelerator operation, organization, maintenance, documentation, software, control room layout, remote operation, safety and other subjects related to accelerator operations.

 

The format will be that of a workshop, not of a conference: Short talks with plenty of time for discussions both within and outside the official program.

 

WAO2014 will provide an opportunity to discover how other labs look at accelerator operations, to share views, to meet people and make friends and to take home new ideas and see if they work there. 

 

WAO2014 is hosted by the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung, Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron (DESY), Facility for Antiproton and ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR) and Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT).

 

For more information, see: http://wao2014.desy.de

Poster, WAO 2012

8th Workshop on Accelerator Operations

Aug 6 - Aug 10, 2012

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Menlo Park, CA

 

The objective of the workshop is to bring together people that operate accelerators and to help them exchange ideas about accelerator operation, organization, maintenance, documentation, software, control room layout, remote operation, and safety.

 

It also serves the accelerator operations community as a means to establish benchmarks by facilitating comparisons of methods, efficiencies, costs, reliability, beam quality and other performance measures. In addition specialized requirements for operating refrigeration plants for super conducting accelerators, or for operating accelerators like spallation neutron sources or free electron lasers are discussed.

 

For more information, see: http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/wao2012/

Poster, WAO 2010

7th Workshop on Accelerator Operations

April 12 - Apr 16, 2010

KAERI

Daejeon, South Korea

 

On behalf of the WAO 2010 International Program Committee (IPC), we are pleased to announce the 7th International Workshop on Accelerator Operation, WAO10, to be held at Daejeon, Korea from 12 to 16 April 2010.

 

In accelerator operations, where experience plays a critical role, the exchange of knowledge and ideas about the common problems operation professionals face is essential to make their operations efficient and effective without wrestling with a problem to which other control rooms already have the solution.

 

Since the first workshop in May 1996 hosted by Jefferson Lab in Virginia, WAO, a biennial event alternating between America, Europe and Asia, has provided the unique and natural forum for the exchange of the latest advances in the field of Accelerator Operations. We are sure that the participants of the workshop will realize that they are not alone in dealing with problems of day-to-day accelerator operations, establish working relationships, make a real community, learn about the successes and failures in other control rooms, see how new technologies are being applied, enjoy the benefit and insight of shared experiences, and finally walk away with new ideas that will shape the Accelerator Operation's future.

 

The topics covered in the workshop include:

- How We Do Business

- Commissioning

- Automation

- Tools

- Ergonomics & Control Room

- Training

- Maintenance

- Safety&Regulation

- Reliability

 

For more information, see http://wao10.komac.re.kr/.

Poster, WAO 2007

6th Workshop on Accelerator Operations

Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2007

Sincrotrone Trieste, ELETTRA Lab

Trieste, Italy

 

WAO is the international Workshop on Accelerator Operations. Participants are drawn from accelerator laboratories around the world. It is held every two years alternating between America, Europe, and Asia. The idea of having a workshop dedicated to accelerator operations was conceived by Ronald Lauzé and first held in 1996 at the Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, VA.

 

The objective of the workshop is to bring together people who operate accelerators and to help them exchange ideas about accelerator operation, organization, maintenance, documentation, software, control room layout, remote operation, and safety. It also serves the accelerator operations community as a means to establish benchmarks by facilitating comparisons of methods, efficiencies, costs, reliability, beam quality and other performance measures. In addition, specialized requirements for operating refrigeration plants for super conducting accelerators, or for operating accelerators like spallation neutron sources or free electron lasers are discussed.

 

The WAO 2007 will be held at Trieste (Adriatico - Grignano) for 5 days, each day dedicated to a different subject. Participation at the workshop is limited to a maximum of 120 persons.

 

For more information, see: http://www.elettra.trieste.it/wao07/index.html

Poster, WAO 2005

5th Workshop on Accelerator Operations
May 22 - May 27, 2005

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Illinois, USA

 

The idea of having a workshop dedicated to accelerator operations was conceived by Ronald Lauzé and first held in 1996 at the Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, VA. The benefit of the workshop was for those who actually operated accelerators twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

 

Today it's even more important for us to share thoughts and ideas on how to continue operations with shrinking budgets, more responsibilities, complicated experiments, and sometimes with fewer operators. The questions asked at that first workshop remain the same: what are the most efficient and effective ways to operate a particle accelerator and an operations department?

 

What will you get out of this workshop? That will depend on how much you participate. The sessions offer valuable knowledge and experiences by your peers. Nearly every session will end with an opportunity for you to comment about your situation and what worked or what didn't work for you and your lab. This should encourage further conversations in the hallways, during meals, and at other comfortable spots in our hotel.

 

I think you'll find our selection of topics interesting and useful. The workshop begins with our opening speaker, Fermilab Accelerator Division Head, Roger Dixon. You'll see a different approach to the "How We Do Business" poster session, but then find other common workshop sessions about applications, safety, communication tools, and maintenance tracking.Our "Hot Topic" issues have to be the three sessions on remote operations and the one on getting and keeping good operators. We decided that it was about time to look at previous workshops and point out what worked in those workshops and what didn't. There will also be sessions on commissioning an accelerator (or as Roger Bailey describes it? "Operations before Operations"), control room design, and market place solutions.

 

Discover how your peers look at accelerator operations. Share your views with them, and make sure to meet people and make friends. Then, take something that you've learned back to your lab and see if it will work for you. That's the purpose of the workshop.

 

For more information, see: http://www-bd.fnal.gov/wao/index05.html

Poster, WAO 2003

4th Workshop on Accelerator Operations

Mar 10 - Mar 13, 2003

GUAS-KEK

Hayama and Tsukuba, Japan

 

Topics include:

- Automation

- Ergonomics and Safety Issues

- Reliability

- Availability and Serviceability of Accelerators

- Tools for Accelerator Operation

- Software Sharing and Standardization

- Maintenance of Accelerators

- Cooperation with Controls People

- Remote Operation

- What was Learned from Previous WAOs

 

Fort more information, see: http://conference.kek.jp/wao2003/

 

Poster, WAO 2001

3rd Workshop on Accelerator Operations

Jan 28 - Feb 2, 2001

CERN

Villars sur Ollon, Switzerland

 

WAO 2011 followed earlier workshops in 1996 and 1998. Most topics relevant for the efficient and effective operation of accelerators were covered. These included the tools and utilities necessary in the control rooms; the organisation of accelerator operation (process monitoring, shift work, stress); the monitoring of beam quality; safety issues and standards; and questions particularly relevant for superconducting accelerators, in particular cryogenics.

 

The programme was organised in eight half-day sessions, with an informal poster session running throughout the workshop. The reserve session was devoted to hot issues that came up through the workshop and were grouped into three main areas:

- The Global Accelerator Network

- Problems of stress and how to get organised to minimise them

- What should an operations group be responsible for?

 

For more information, see: http://wao-2001.web.cern.ch/wao-2001/index.html

Poster, WAO 1998

2nd Workshop on Accelerator Operations

May 18 - May 22, 1998

TRIUMF

Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

As accelerator operations professionals, we all face common problems that are unique to accelerator research facilities. Training, maintenance, safety, documentation, and control room operations are everyday issues that consume a huge portion of our day-to-day work. If you've ever wondered how other accelerator operations professionals deal with the same problems that you wrestle with every day, then you are not alone. There is much to be learned by gathering people, like you, who actually operate, manage, and maintain the machines of the small world-wide community of accelerator facilities.

 

In May 1996, Jefferson Labs in Virginia hosted the first of this series of workshops. The success of the first workshop suggested the usefulness of meeting periodically. Thus, the second in the series of Workshops on Accelerator Operations, WAO'98, will be hosted by TRIUMF from 18 - 22 May 1998. It will be held on the nearby campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

 

Come and meet your peers, establish working relationships, and gain the knowledge that a free exchange of ideas can foster. Learn how today's technologies are being applied and explore where tomorrow's may take us. Enjoy the benefit and insight of shared experience and walk away with new ideas which will help shape your facility's future. This workshop presents a unique opportunity for everyone in the accelerator operations community. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about the new approaches other facilities are taking. Learn about the successes (and failures) of new ideas and avoid problems which others have already solved. This is a chance to gain new perspectives and exchange technology with other facilities.

 

Many other specialized groups have found such workshops to be extremely helpful and schedule them at regular intervals. As operations professionals we owe it to ourselves to take advantage of this same opportunity.

 

For more information, see: http://wao98.triumf.ca/index.html

Poster, WAO 1996

1st Workshop on Accelerator Operations

June 25 - June 28, 1996

Jefferson Lab

Virginia, USA

 

We feel there is much to be learned by gathering the people - just like you - who actually operate, manage, and maintain the machines that make up the small world-wide community of accelerator facilities. That's why we are proposing an event that appears to be the first of its kind: A Workshop for Accelerator Operations Professionals.

 

At this first workshop, hosted by Jefferson Lab, we hope to establish an open forum for the exchange of ideas and also provide a way to meet other professionals who also have a keen interest in making their operations more efficient and effective. Come and meet your peers, establish working relationships, and gain the knowledge that only a free exchange of ideas can foster. Learn how today's technologies are being applied and explore where tomorrow's may take us. Enjoy the benefit and insight of shared experience and walk away with new ideas that will help shape your facility's future.

 

This workshop presents a unique opportunity for everyone in the accelerator operations community. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about new approaches other facilities are taking. Learn about the successes and failures of new ideas and avoid the problems that others have already solved. This is a chance to gain a new perspective and maybe even exchange technology with other facilities. Many other specialized groups within laboratories have found such workshops to be extremely helpful and schedule them at regular intervals. As operations professionals we owe it to ourselves to take advantage of this same opportunity.

 

Potential attendees include anyone involved with the day-to-day, hands-on operation of any large particle accelerator or anyone with a specific interest in training techniques, maintenance, documentation, control systems, or any other operations-related issue. Attendees will range from operations group leaders, control-room crew chiefs and operators to technical writers, control programmers, maintenance and safety personnel.

To kick off the workshop, a representative from each of the major labs in attendance will give a brief summary of how they currently "do business" in their operations group. From these overviews, you will begin to see the similarities between your own operations and the other labs. Once these areas of common interest are identified, we can begin to help each other and exchange ideas or even technologies.

 

Invited speakers will then present material on their specific areas of expertise and also conduct roundtable discussions on topics relevant to accelerator operations. Attendees will also be given a guided tour of the Jefferson Lab accelerator site.

 

For more information, see: http://wwwold.jlab.org/intralab/calendar/archive96/accel_wkshp.html