Memo Pad - Minos Control Room


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Shifts may not seem like a glory job, but the quality of the data (hence analysis) depends on them.

Since October 2015 we are running two basics shifts styles: the usual "Control Room Shift " style and the new "Checklist shift" style.

"Checklist Shift":
1) Shifter is expected to do one or two Checklists ( DCS & OM (Near & Far) & Beam) outside the Soudan mine regular working hours, 7:00 am -5:00 pm CST, to have additional information about the well-being of the detectors. For EU or South America shifters: please use your judgment to decide when to do the checklists.
2) Shifter does NOT need to be in a Control Room (Fermilab nor ROC).
3) Shifter does NOT need to call MCR
4) Shifter DOES need to call RunCoordinators (numbers are under "Contacts" link above) in case of serious problems. See list at same link.

"Control Room Shift":
Why are you here? To accomplish the goals related to YOUR SHIFT
See the details in the YOUR SHIFT page.
  • At start of shift call MCR 630 840 3721, let them know where you are_
  • Watch continuously to see that the critical things are green :
    • A9 Monitoring Page , DCS and RC / Near and Far
    • Please sit facing the screens, even when working on your laptop.

Fill out all the checklists -
StartShift Beam DCS OM EndShift

Problems? Perhaps they are common problems. Check the PROBLEMS page.
Please add any new problems that you encounter (and any new solutions!).

Please see Online Redmine Wiki for instructions on how to restart the WEB OM process (if latest run does not match the one in RcGUI ).

Reload this page at the beginning of your shift. Can you edit this wiki? If not, see below for instructions. This memopad is meant to be a repository for Things Shift Should Know Today. The memopad is less comprehensive and detailed than the shifter guide and more permanent than the stream of things in the CRL .

Attention: If the beam will be down for more than 30 minutes during normal work hours (M-F), call SOUDAN to let them know (218)753-6611. and call the Run Coordinator.

Stuff you want other shifters to know, put here! A persistently dead channel? Some expert asked you to keep an eye on some number? Links to useful instructions? Something in this page which no longer applies? Edit away! This is now a RedMine wiki, edit with your Fermilab Services account. See the bottom of the MemoPad for details.

Run Configuration:

  • We are running NOvA Medium Energy beam since Sep 2013. NOvA is in charge of the beam.
  • We are currently running in the FORWARD horn current configuration.
  • The Far Detector magnetic field is currently FORWARD. If the DCS page does not agree, then this is a Major Problem.
  • The Near Detector magnetic field is currently FORWARD. If the DCS page does not agree, then this is a Major Problem.



  • FD web status page no longer requires username/pw
  • ND is running new DAQ.
  • ND is now running RS24ND6x4 run sequence. This will facilitate smooth running and processing in higher intensity operation.
  • FD is running new DAQ.
  • If you notice a hot channel in the SGATE or COSMIC hitmap, you must do the following:
    • Take screenshots of CAPID errors, mean max and min QIE singles rates, and SGATE hitmap.%
    • Post these in the MINOS logbook.
    • Email the run coordinator indicating a hot channel and attach these plots to the email.
  • There are new DCS pages for the MINOS ToF system (ND and FD). These are preliminary. There are no procedures for shifters yet (2012-03-24).
  • You must have underground training. If you don't, go to the ES&H website to see if you can take the test online. If this can't happen, you must notify a run coordinator.

The MINERvA Shifter

  • If you need to stop a run, the MINERvA shifter needs to be informed when you stop and restart a run. Where is the MINERvA shifter?
    You can find out here

Current FD problems: (none)

Current ND problems: Until further notice, please ignore TOF alarm (system is not yet operational ).

Less important notes for the shifters:

  • The run control GUIs show time to the "Next Gain". During a "GainCAL" the LI system will spend a long time flashing (a "weekend", for the far detector).
  • There is a wiki for RMS (ReMote Station) [[]]
  • MINOS, MINERvA and NOvA are now co-located in the control room. This is intentional for efficiency, communications, and redundancy purposes. Make sure you realize these gains (e.g. talk to the MINERvA shifter).
  • The control room does not have housekeeping. Do not leave food, documents, and whatnot behind after your shift. Clean up after yourself.

Editing this wiki

You as a shifter can and should keep this page up to date. Here's how:
  1. click on "Sign in" on this page ( upper right ). Use your Fermilab services username/password.
  2. click on "edit" in this page. If there is no edit option for your account, email minoscrl-admin.