The members of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ITER taking a short break in between their three-day assessment of the project's progress: John How (Secretary), Moohyun Cho, Alan Rolfe, M.V. Kotwal, Martin Cox, Jean-Pierre Perves, Michel Huguet, Harald Forsen and Otto Gruber.
Last week, the members of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) convened in Cadarache for the fifth time since the implementation of the independent panel. As it is written down in the Terms of Reference, the TAG's purpose is to advise the ITER management on procurement and construction aspects of the project and to provide an independent assessment on the status of the design. TAG is chaired by Michel Huguet; its members are renowned experts on science and technology, and also on management and safety issues.
Besides looking at the ITER Organization's structure and the overall procurement and management progress, the members focused on technical issues such as the ITER Hot Cell, the design of the vacuum vessel including ELM coils, and blanket and remote handling activities. A preliminary summary was presented to the ITER management at the end of the meeting and a more comprehensive report will be prepared within the next weeks. return to Newsline #76