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ITER NEWSLINE 32
In order to implement the conclusions of the 2006-2007 Design Review as well as to prepare the upcoming 25 PAs in 2008, significant design and engineering efforts will be undertaken in the Domestics Agencies from mid-2008 onwards. The ITER Organization has asked the DAs to undertake CAD and engineering work (190 PPY in total, CAD 80 PPY, ENG 110 PPY) over the next 12 months. The tasks will be credited by the ITER Organization. Favourable responses have already been given by several DAs. The Responsible Officers will have discussions with the Domestic Agencies and will prepare the necessary Design Work Orders to initiate the joint design work.
In this context, the Design Office is to be expanded to control and coordinate this effort in close collaboration with the Agencies and the Responsible Officers. The CAD and Design Engineering Activities will be coordinated by the ITER Organization Design Officeto enable efficiency, flexibility, integration and reactivity to changes. Priority will be given to activities associated with the Procurement Arrangements to be delivered this year.
When Doris Spiegel, Assistant to Project Deputy Director-General Norbert Holtkamp, joined ITER in Garching in 1993, little did she expect that she would become so fond of working in a multi-cultural environment, that it would ultimately make her move in 2006 from her home city Munich to sunny Aix-en-Provence, where she now feels quite at home. Doris is so much part of ITER and now Provence, that she even adopted her cat, Eddy, during last year's ITER summer party.
When she left high school, Doris' area of predilection was literature rather than science. She became fascinated by Japanese literature and history after reading the Tale of Genji, an 11th century Japanese novel.
She studied Japanology to become a Japanese literature translator, but it didn't work out that way. After having worked as a translator and then for a Japanese company for a short while, Doris joined NET (Next European Torus) as a multi-lingual secretary in Garching in 1989 and then ITER in 1993.
And although she doesn't practise her Japanese on a daily basis anymore it has remained the thread through her career. So has the cultural diversity which is so characteristic of ITER. "What I enjoy most in working for ITER is the mix of nationalities, languages and cultures, all working together to build this amazing machine," says Doris, "This is what makes ITER unique, and I think it would be difficult to find a working environment quite like this anywhere else."
The EAST vacuum vessel is scheduled to be closed before the end of May, then pumped, leak-checked and cooled down in the following weeks. Operation will begin around late of June and will last one month.
Like Youkun Fu, a member of the ITER Tokamak Divison, most of the Chinese ITER staff are from the Chengdu region. When Youkun heard the news about the earthquake, he immediately tried to contact his wife and relatives back in Dujingyan — without any success. Most of the telephone lines were destroyed, the mobile network had collapsed. Then, on the second day, he was relieved to receive the text message: Everybody fine!
Xiaoyu Wang, who also works in the ITER Tokamak Division, is from Jiangyou, north of Chengdu, a mere 20 kilometres away from the earthquake's epicentre. His parent's house has been severely damaged, he says, his parents currently live in a tent they put up in a park together with many hundred other families. The people are not yet allowed to return to their houses as aftershocks are still occurring.
While the situation in Jiangyou remains disastrous, in Chengdu itself the situation seems to stabilize day by day. "Water, gas, and electricity are working again," another colleague from China, Caipin Zhou, reports. "After having spent the last three days in her car outside the city limits, my wife yesterday dared to return to our apartment."
While the tokamak in the Southwestern Institute of Physics (SWIP) was not damaged, as Dr. Pengyuan Li, a visiting scientist from SWIP currently working for ITER in Cadarache, confirmed, the news about the Dongfang Turbine Factory in Deyong 90 kilometres northeast of Chengdu came as a shock to the Chinese group gathered in Youkun Fu's office this morning. The company, one of the major cooporation partners of the ITER project in SWIP and a potential manufacturer for the ITER magnet supports and blanket, was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake - and with it the company's school. Almost all children inside the building are reported to be dead, Youkun Fu said.
In order to support the victims, the Chinese staff together with some colleagues from Japan and Korea spontaneously collected money which they handed over to the Consulate-General of China in Marseille last week. On behalf of the ITER Organization, ITER Director-General Kaname Ikeda sent a letter to Dr. Wan Gang, the Minister of Science and Technology of China and to Professor Pan Chuanhong, President of SWIP, expressing his condolences: Ï am deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of life and the scale of the devastation caused by the earthquake. Mere words cannot express our feelings in the face of such suffering. But on behalf of myself, and the ITER Organization, we would like to offer our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all the victims of this terrible tragedy."
Anyone who wants to help and make a donation should contact the Chinese Consul General in Marseille:
Consul General: Song Binglin, 20, boulevard Carmagnole, 13008 Marseille, France Tel:+33-491320017 (24 hours) or +33-491320000 Fax:+33-491320008 / 491320004 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
They have all completed a two-month specific training course according to the machine they operate (dumper trucks, compactors, sprinkler lorries). This training was given on site by instructors from Valerian, the company in charge of these machines, and also by outside instructors. "The training begins with basic information on security and how to operate the equipment (about 80 hours), and then progressively every driver gets to practise handling these huge machines which weigh several tens of tons and are more than four metres high," explains one of the instructors.
Once they have obtained their certificate of competence, they can start moving around the 2,3 million cubic metres of rubble on site, almost the equivalent of the pyramid of Kheops, estimated at more than 2,5 million cubic metres.
Sebastien Chicca (and his replacement Benoit Granel), employed by Dynapost, a company specializing in internal logistics, will be located right at the entrance of Building 519. From now on, one or the other will be there every day between 8.30 and 11.30 and between 13.15 and 16.45 to handle incoming and outgoing mail and deliveries and also to welcome visitors and help them find their way in the ITER Organization buildings.
The reception desk's telephone number is - 9915