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Conferences and workshops

2017 Large Facilities Workshop

About this event

Workshop report now available: 2017 Large Facilities Workshop Report


The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, LA has graciously offered to hold the 2017 Large Facilities Workshop.  The workshop will take place from May 1st to May 3rd 2017 at LIGO Livingston and in Baton Rouge, LA.  The workshop is centered around an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour of LIGO during their regular Tuesday morning window to conduct routine maintenance on the Advanced LIGO detector and facility.  Workshop sessions on Monday May 1st and Wednesday May 3rd will be held at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel.  Tuesday May 2nd will include morning tours and afternoon workshop session at the LIGO Livingston site.  Please see the LIGO Livingston website and NSF press release for more information on their facility and recent discovery.

Monday, May 1
8:00 - 9:00       Evolving NSF Oversight & Other Developments
9:00 - 10:30     High Performance Teams on Science Projects
11:00 - 12:00   Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS)
12:00 - 1:00     Federal Budget Outlook (Working Lunch)
1:00 - 2:00       The Role of International Collaborations for Large Research Facilities
1:00 - 2:00       BSR Hot Topics – Coordination of Administrative Business Reviews
2:20 - 4:00       MREFC Process from a Facility Perspective
                         Creating a Successful Lessons Learned Approach: People, Process, Culture
4:20 - 5:00       Cyberinfrastructure Investments & Opportunities
                         Evolution of EVM and the Future

Tuesday, May 2
12:00 - 1:00     Education & Public Outreach (Working Lunch)
1:00 – 2:00      LIGO Science & Technology
                         Modern Methods of Schedule Risk Analysis
2:20 - 4:00       Facility Operations & Maintenance Roundtable
                         Practical Guidance to Strengthen Facility Estimates

Wednesday, May 3
8:00 - 9:00       Large Facility Innovations & Technology Transfers Discussion
                         Management Fee to Fee
9:20 - 10:20     Distributed Networks & Facilities Roundtable
                         Performance Metrics –Strategy and Experience at DOE
10:40 - 12:00   Idea Exchange Open Forum for Award Recipients
                         Incurred Cost Audits & Data Collection Tool
12:00 - 1:00     Cybersecurity & CTSC (Working Lunch)
1:00 - 2:00       Science Done by a Global Community: The LIGO Scientific Collaboration
2:20 - 3:20       Uniform Guidance Procurement Standards
                         NSF Earned Value Management System Verifications
                         Workshop Debrief - Open Forum & Actionable Recommendations from Idea Exchange

The Large Facilities Workshop is an annual event hosted by NSF’s Large Facilities Office (LFO). The workshop is a collaborative forum for NSF’s Large Facilities community intended to provide participants with continuous learning and information sharing opportunities. Desired outcomes to advance the NSF mission of scientific research at Large Facilities include:

  • Sharing knowledge and experience with best practices and common challenges that arise for both NSF and its Large Facilities.
  • Discussing new initiatives and engaging the Large Facilities community for input.
  • Demonstrating project management, operations, and business-related tools and techniques.
  • Expanding our community of practice and connecting colleagues from large complex scientific facilities to share information, experience, and expertise.

If you have a role in the development, planning, construction, or operation of large complex scientific facilities, then this workshop is for you. Content will target the following kinds of professionals:

  • Facility and Operations managers
  • Property and maintenance managers
  • Cooperative agreement and contracting officers
  • Business professionals
  • Project managers, estimators, schedulers, and controllers
  • Principal Investigators and scientists
  • Engineers and construction managers
  • Policy and oversight stewards

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Related agencies

  • LIGO Livingston