The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

Mission and Goals

The mission of the APS Engineering Support Division (AES) is to provide the engineering, mechanical, and facility services and computing infrastructure to enable the world-class performance of the APS and ensure a safe environment for APS users and personnel.

In support of this mission, the APS Engineering Support Division provides
  • Highly reliable, state-of-the-art computer infrastructure to meet the needs of the APS.
  • Leading-edge information technology infrastructure through support of the networks, servers, storage and desktop computers.
  • Information solutions for the APS including development of database applications, tools for the management of facility documents, and web production efforts.
  • An accelerator controls system that maintains the high reliability of the APS accelerator facilities and plays a leading role in the advancement of accelerator control system technology.
  • Mechanical and operations support services for the accelerator facilities that help the APS achieve its goals for high reliability, high availability, and long mean time between failures.
  • Engineering design and drafting services in the support of highly reliable accelerator and x-ray experiment facilities and providing innovative designs to enhance the capabilities of both.
  • Precision survey and alignment services essential for the positioning and alignment of the accelerator and beamline components.
  • Responsibility for work on all radiation shielding safety systems at the APS.
In addition, AES
  • Maintains a reliable safety interlock system for personnel access control and equipment protection of the APS accelerators and beamlines, to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Manages an efficient and effective beamline experiment safety review program, including independent safety oversight of user activities and the design and commissioning of beamline x-ray facilities at the APS.
  • Coordinates and manages the APS buildings, site services, conventional construction, and facility maintenance projects to provide effective and efficient site services.