Beam Line For Schools: Shift Introduction

Welcome to BL4S Shift Introduction.

This page is designed to give the shifters general instructions about the shifts in the control room for the BL4S Experiment. There will be three shifts during the day when there is beam but we are taking data for 24h. In each shift, there will be a shift leader, two run control shifters and two detector shifters. You can see the shift schedule in the BL4S Shift Plan.

The timetable of the shift plan is as follows;

Morning Shifts 09:00 - 13:00
Afternoon Shifts 13:00 - 17:00
Evening Shifts 17:00 - 21:00

The aim of the shifts is to check the systems related to your task. During your shift, you should always be in contact with the other shifters. If you are not sure about which action to take at any step or in case of error or warning, you can always ask the shift leader or call the on call experts.

Before starting your shift

Please check your shifts in the shift plan and be sure to be in control room 15 minutes before, to take your shift from the previous shifter. You should get the information about the ongoing run and the run plan. You can check the vistar page about the run information from BL4SVistarPage. You should also check the WhiteBoard about the run plan, the known issues and errors.

During your shift

During your shift, you are responsible from some duties depending on your task. You can see them in details in the pages RunControlShifterInstructions and DetectorShifterInstructions. You should always observe the system and check everything once an hour in detail. If there is an error or any change first check the WhiteBoard if it is a known issue. If it is written on the White Board take the action recommended. If not, discuss with the shift leader. If you still have doubts, call the on call expert.

If you are faced with an error or warning, make an e-log about it on logbook (unless it is stated not to make in the white board). You can find the detailed information about making an e-log entry in the BL4S E-Log page below!

After your shift

After your shift, write a shift summary in the e-log. The shift summary should summarize what has happened during your shift. Wait for the next shifter and tell the status of the beam, run, detectors etc. clearly and warn about any important notices for the ongoing or next runs.

BL4S E-Log

Go to page

You also find the link in your toolbar in mozilla firefox as e-log.

Here is the screenshot of the e-log page:


On the screen, you will see the final post at the top. On the left, under "Useful Links", you can find links to twiki pages and the vistar page. On the right, you can find the blog tools, where you can create a new log entry.

You can scroll down for the oldest entries or you can use the search toolbar on the right top ("Search this site..."). You can also click on the categories if you are looking for a specific topic.

To create a new log, you can simply click on the "create a post" on the Blog tools. A pop up window will appear on the screen. You can see the screenshot below.


In the pop up window, write the title and enough information about the entry on the body. If you would like to add a picture or a screenshot you can use the insert part on the top. To take a screenshot simply press the "Print Scrn" button on your keyboard. Then save the picture in "Pictures" folder with a explanatory name in format of png or jpeg. Do not forget to select and add relevant categories. After you finish your post you can publish it using the "Publish" button at the bottom or at the top.

If you make an e-log and would like to change or add something, you can click on the topic of the e-log and then click the edit button on the right top. When the run is finished, stop time of the run and the number of events read are added this way. Otherwise, it is not advised to change the submitted e-log, but you can use the "comment" section instead.

-- SaimeSarikaya - 12 Aug 2014

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