Kuchler Delivers Conventional Facilities|
In Wednesday's weekly International Linear Collider R&D meeting, FESS Head Vic
Kuchler provided an update on the status of the conventional facilities efforts.
Civil engineers at Fermilab, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, CERN, DESY and KEK,
all currently working to identify the optimal sites for the ILC around the world.
"We are focusing on the analysis of existing sites, rather than identifying new
ones," Kuchler said. "Sites are being considered globally in Japan, Europe
near the CERN area, and Northern Illinois in the United States. The Fermilab
Conventional Facilities Group along with our colleagues at SLAC will begin to
work with CERN, DESY and KEK to assess the sites currently under consideration."
In the United States, the Department of Energy recently stated that
Northern Illinois is the location that
will be considered for the ILC, but civil engineers will
conduct many more studies before the ultimate site recommendation can be made.
"There are many different aspects to consider when looking at sites, and to find
an optimal site is not trivial," Kuchler said.
The global conventional facilities group aims to have a comparative site
assessment matrix done by the Snowmass workshop in August. Civil coordinators
Fred Asiri of SLAC and Atsushi Enomoto of KEK are contributing to this matrix.
By December 2005, the GDE goal for the study group is to identify a sample site
for each region
that will be included in the Reference Design Report for the ILC. The entire
conventional facilities portion of the conceptual design document will be
complete in December 2006. "There is a lot of effort going on with R&D for
the ILC at Fermilab," Kuchler said. "The civil construction folks are very
much involved in the process."
Linear Collider News Archive
GDE Director's Corner, June 29, 2005
"...The major ILC activity this past week was a Joint ILC-European Regional Meeting and an ILC-BDIR (Working Group 4) meeting, hosted by the Oxford/RHUL John Adams Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK from 20-23 June. The BDIR workshop was part of the pre-Snowmass working group phase of the ILC design effort, and it provided an important forum for interactions between the Instrumentation and Diagnostics working groups. The newly appointed European ILC regional director, Brian Foster, addressed the meeting."