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National Science Foundation Large Facilities Workshop

About the series

Workshop report now available: 2016 Large Facilities Workshop Summary Report


To view the agenda with a list of topics and speakers:  (See link to attachment at bottom)

The Large Facilities Workshop, an annual event hosted by the National Science Foundation’s Large Facilities Office, provides a collaborative forum for discussing best practices and common challenges related to large scientific research facilities.  If you have a role in the development, planning, construction, or operation of large complex scientific facilities, then this workshop is for you.

NSF is proud to co-sponsor the Workshop this year with the Smithsonian Institution May 24th through May 26th, 2016 in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center. The agenda is still being finalized and will be posted here soon.  We expect to include plenary presentations plus break-out sessions featuring presentations, panelists, and roundtable discussions.  We expect to cover a variety of topics and will have a track dedicated to business professionals. 

Planned session topics currently include:

Tuesday, May 24
     9:15  –  9:45 AM Welcome, Opening Remarks
     9:45 – 10:45 AM Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO): The Inside Story
   11:00 – 12:00 PM Transforming Concepts Into Reality: Project Management Insights from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (PDF) (Launch) (Voice)
    12:00  1:00 PM Working Lunch
          NSF and the Federal Budget
      1:00 – 2:00 PM Breakout Session #1
          1. “Lightening Talks” from Large Facilities
          2. Business Practices Roundtable Part I: Making Sense of Audits and Reviews
     2:15 – 3:15 PM Breakout Session #2
          1. GAO – Schedule Assessment Guide & Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide
          2. Smithsonian Institution – Building Information Modeling & Asset Management
     3:30 – 4:30 PM Breakout Session #3
          1. Organizational Climate Studies – Experience from NSF’s Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Projects
          2. Business Systems Reviews (BSR) Hot Topics

Wednesday, May 25
     9:15 – 10:45 AM NSF Future Investments, NAPA Report, and Evolving Oversight
   11:00 – 12:00 PM Breakout Session #1
          1. Smithsonian Institution – Lessons Learned Database and Implementation
          2. Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Scoping Roundtable
          3. Integrated Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis
   12:00 – 1:00 PM Working Lunch
          The NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence: Large Facilities Cybersecurity Resources
     1:00 – 2:30 PM Breakout Session #2
          1. DOE Project Management Career Development Program
          2. Transition to Operations - Panel
          3. Business Practices Roundtable Part II: New Initiatives

Thursday, May 26
     9:15 – 10:45 AM NASA Evolvable Mars Campaign Development
   11:00 – 12:00 PM Breakout Session #1
          1. Large Facilities: Environmental Compliance and Permitting and Lessons Learned
          2. Smithsonian Institution – Science Exhibit Highlights
          3. Earned Value Management – Certification or Verification? - Roundtable Review
   12:00 – 1:00 PM Working Lunch
          Evaluating Facilities-based Education and Public Outreach Activities
     1:00 – 2:00 PM Breakout Session #2
          1. Smithsonian Institution – Astrophysical Observatory Projects
          2. Community of Practice Roundtable
          3. Large Facilities Manual (LFM) – New Guidance on Cost Estimating and Analysis
     2:15 – 3:45 PM Breakout Session #3
          1. Broadening and Improving Science User Communities: The Roles of National User Facility Organization (NUFO) & NSF
          2. Project Management Personnel Development & Certification Roundtable
          3. Business Practices Roundtable Part III: New Initiatives
     3:45 – 5:00 PM Workshop Feedback to NSF


2016 workshop report link: 2016 Large Facilities Workshop Summary Report


The Smithsonian has generously arranged three behind the scenes tours of their newest construction and renovation projects, including exhibits and museums expected to open in late 2016:

  • Major exhibit renovations at the National Air and Space Museum
  • Construction and exhibit design at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Major renovations and historic preservation of the Arts and Industries Building

Content will target the following kinds of professionals:

  • Project managers, estimators, schedulers, and controllers
  • Principal Investigators and scientists
  • Planners, architects, engineers, and construction managers
  • Cooperative agreement and contracting officers, business professionals, and their representatives
  • Policy and oversight stewards
  • Facility and property managers

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