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  • Lower cylinder | A transfer that felt like art

    Art has little to do with the transfer of a giant component. On Monday however, as ITER was preparing to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci's 500th anniversary, scienc [...]

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  • Event | ITER in Da Vinci mode

    'The most noble pleasure is the joy of understanding.' Written more than 500 years ago in the private journal of Leonardo da Vinci, these words still felt timel [...]

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  • Image of the week | When the Pit inspires an artist

    On a Sunday morning, when all is silent and still on the ITER platform, an eerie dimension is added to the Tokamak Pit. Hidden eyes seem to peer through the [...]

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  • Leonardo and innovation | In the steps of a giant

    To the members of a panel on innovation and Italian leadership, the moderator had one question: how do you see Leonardo da Vinci's scientific method—a systemati [...]

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  • Image of the week | Sandblasting

    Whether at home or in a nuclear installation, a painting job begins with surface preparation. In the ITER Tokamak Pit, close to 3,000 square metres of wall need [...]

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Images of 2014

2014 will be remembered as the year of completion for Tokamak Complex foundations. The final pour of the B2 basemat slab took place on 27 August, marking the conclusion of four years of complex and challenging work that included the excavation of the Seismic Pit, the construction of the ground-level basemat and retaining walls, the installation of 493 seismic columns and pads, and the finalization of the concrete "floor" of the Tokamak Complex.

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Other dramatic changes also took place in 2014 on the ITER platform. In April, the imposing workshop for cryostat assembly became one of the most visible features on the platform as its metallic structure was completed; later in the year, five giant cranes were progressively installed in and around the Tokamak Pit. A spectacular verticality was added to the ITER landscape, visible from afar and conveying to all the strong message of construction progress.

Meanwhile, in the factories on three continents component prototyping and manufacturing progressed and, in some cases, components were readied for shipment. In a milestone that marked the beginning of a new phase for the project, the first plant system components were delivered to the ITER site on 4 September.

In a few days, we will enter 2015 , which marks the 30th anniversary of the Geneva Summit, during which the ITER Project received a decisive political push from Soviet General-Secretary Gorbachev and US President Reagan.

The images that we have assembled in this special end-of-the-year issue of Newsline illustrate how a long-nurtured dream has turned into a solid, spectacular and exciting reality.

Newsline will be back on 5 January 2015.


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