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The mandate of the CV group concerns the design, installation, operation and maintenance of the cooling systems, pumping stations, air conditioning plants and fluid distribution systems for the PS, SPS and LHC including their experimental areas and special cooling systems of LHC sub-detectors. It also provides service to the Computer Centre and some miscellaneous installations.

The LHC and Injector sections perform maintenance works to enhance the reliability of the CV installations. To do so, the GEM section improves continuously maintenance strategies and, in particular, it renews the maintenance plans at equipment level, it completes the documentation and create M&O oriented dossiers including detailed working procedures that allow the subcontracting of M&O work to external contractors. The M&O work is based on a CMMS tool in order to improve the operations.

A dedicated design section (Bureau d'Etudes) is in charge of the creation and updating of technical drawings. The project section (PJ) is in charge of the management and completion of projects for new installations upgrade or consolidation of existing ones. The group performs also studies for future accelerators after the LHC as well as CFD simulations of fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems. The CV group also has the responsibility for the M&O of the LHC Experiments specific cooling equipment and the development of future prototypes and their production.


The control section (CL) is in charge of the design, development, commissioning and support of control systems for CV plants.


Acronym Section Name Section Leader


Renaud Barillere


The CV-CL section is in charge of the control systems for the CV plants. The section also provides support to the CV group GMAO and software activities and to the project leaders for process related questions. The CV plants are controlled by industrial control systems. The software is either developed by contractors or in collaboration with other CERN services or by the section members. The section is responsible for the control systems requirements and for the control architecture definitions. The section handles the tests and commissioning phases. Once the control systems are put in operation, the section provides their operators with the required support and maintains these control systems and their computing infrastructure. The group GMAO relies on data stored in CERN central databases, the section provides support to users of these CV data. The section develops and maintains tools which implement solutions to ease the queries, the production of reports and the population of CV GMAO data. The section also support software packages used for vibrations analysis and chillers operation. In the early phases of the projects, the section can provide support to project leaders to review the process design to verify that the regulations requirements can be meet.


Design Office

Yannic Body


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Projects and CFD

Michele Battistin


The Project Section is in charge of cooling and ventilation large projects for LS1 and consolidation of the CV installations. The section members manage the supply and installation contract with the support of the draftsman and work supervisor of the DOW section, the control expert of the CL section and the installation supervisior of the OP section of the group. The CFD (link is external) team is part of the section. This team develop study on ventilation, heat transfer, smoke behaviour, gas propagation and radioation protection studies for the group and for all the overall of CERN services.