The RRB moving forward with global participation

It has been a busy two months at Fermilab since I joined as the lab’s first Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer.  One of my roles is to chair the LBNF/DUNE Resources Review Board (RRB), which is composed of representatives of the funding agencies that sponsor LBNF and DUNE.  The RRB provides monitoring and oversight of the DUNE Collaboration, and also monitors the progress of LBNF, PIP-II, and SBN as well as international contributions to those projects.  The Board meets twice per year.

Alison Markovitz, RRB Chair

The most recent meeting of the RRB was held at Fermilab on November 2-3, and the attendance from across the globe reflected the international nature of the DUNE experiment.  At the meeting, we surveyed the notable developments over the past few months, including the groundbreaking at SURF, the arrival of ICARUS at Fermilab, the contract award to Kiewit/Alberici Joint Venture (KAJV) to begin laying the groundwork for the excavation for LBNF, the welcoming of DUNE’s 1,000th member, the arrival of the first Anode Plane Assembly at CERN, and the UK announcement of $88M in contributions for LBNF/DUNE.

We also heard from the DUNE Collaboration – from the co-spokespersons as well as the Technical and Resource Coordinators.   They described the substantial progress of the Collaboration over the past few months, including defining the various consortia, establishing leadership of those groups, and identifying institutional interests as expressed by Collaboration members.

The RRB also discussed the Board’s role going forward.  This includes a path forward to the review and, if appropriate, approval of the DUNE Technical Design Reports (TDRs) in the fall of 2019.  The RRB will be guided by the recommendations of two groups that will assess the TDRs: the Long-Baseline Neutrino Committee, which reviews DUNE from a technical perspective, and a new Neutrino Cost Group that is being formed and will review the costs and schedule associated with DUNE construction.  This review process is modeled after the structure being used at CERN for review of the LHC experiment upgrades.

Finally, the RRB discussed the importance of information-sharing and coordination between the DUNE Collaboration and the funding agencies or institutions from each country, as represented by the RRB participants.  The RRB will be making the minutes of its meetings available on the web, to help keep members of the Collaboration and other key stakeholders informed.  From the Collaboration, members of the Collaboration Resources Board (CRB) play a vital role as well, including to communicate their efforts and expressed interests to their respective funding agencies/institutions.  I look forward to meeting more Collaboration members in person at the upcoming DUNE Collaboration meeting in January.