Lines of Service
In July 2020, the cooling tower fan for the 88-Inch Cyclotron failed and ultimately rendered the accelerator inoperable. A cross-divisional project team sprang into action with one goal: replace the cooling tower and bring the cyclotron back online in less than the year it was expected to normally take.
The 88-Inch Cyclotron, operated by the Nuclear Science Division, is one of only two facilities in the nation that do the majority of Single Event Effects (SEE) testing for spacecraft electronics. Critical tests for the Europa Clipper, which will conduct reconnaissance of one of Jupiter’s moons, and xEMU spacesuits, were delayed by the 88’s failure.
The 88-Inch Cyclotron also has a full lineup of other critical work: It is at the beginning stages of a search for element 120 using the Berkeley Gas-filled Separator (BGS); it conducts key research to understand nuclear structure; and it provides valuable nuclear data for treating cancer and characterizing materials and detectors. Read More
The Projects & Infrastructure Modernization Division (PIM) oversees the planning and construction of LBNL infrastructure, facilities, and science and engineering projects through the Projects and Construction Office (PCO) and the Project Management Office (PMO). Encompassing a wide range of improvements, the PCO portfolio includes site utility upgrades, high performance computing facilities (NERSC-9), and new science and technology construction (Integrative Genomics Building).
Through the PMO, science and engineering projects developed on site at Berkeley Lab and at off-site locations receive project management guidance, oversight, and performance metrics monitoring.
To meet the needs of a large and diversified portfolio of projects, PIM utilizes technical expertise in the following areas:
- Project Management
- Construction Management
- Cost Estimating
- Environment, Health, and Safety
- Project Controls
- Earned Value Management (EVMS)