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

Beamline Commissioning Readiness Review Team (BCRRT)


The APS Beamline Commissioning Readiness Review Team (BCRRT) reports to and advises the AES Associate Division Director for Mechanical and Interlock Systems for all activities related to commissioning of new beamlines or beamline modifications. Changes to this charter require the approval of the AES Division Director.

BCRRT is mainly responsible for reviewing the readiness of new and modified beamlines for commissioning.A subset of the members of the BCRRT form the Beamline Commissioning Team (BCT), which conducts the commissioning of new beamlines.All outstanding issues from the Beamline Safety Design Review Steering Committee (BSDRSC) review are addressed at the BCRRT meetings. The plans for commissioning a new beamline are reviewed to ensure that the components and equipment designs satisfy ANL and APS safety and operations requirements.Plans will be reviewed for consistency with APS schedules.


The committee members are appointed by the AES Division Director and are listed below:

Member Division Role BCT Role
P. Pedergnana AES BSDRSC Chair  
B. Glagola PSC User ES&H and User Safety Officer  
T. Kruy AES Front Ends Readiness  
G. Markovich AES PSS & EPS Readiness  
M. Merritt AES Insertion Device Readiness  
M. Ramanathan AES CCSM & Chair AES CCSM & BCRRT Chair
B. Rusthoven AES Documentation Readiness  
A. Stevens AES Facility Operations Readiness  
J. Vacca AES Health Physicist RSO-Health Physicist, Chair
W. VanWingeren PSC Commissioning Coordinator Commissioning Coordinator
Floor Coordinator PSC Beamline Operations Support Beamline Operations Support
Beamline Staff   Beamline Technical Staff Beamline Technical Staff

The request to conduct a BCRRT review is initiated by the beamline staff through the floor coordinator with the concurrance of the Associated Division Director for Mechanical and Interlock Systems (AES/ADD-MIS). A BCRRT review will also be initiated on the direct request by the AES/ADD-MIS or the AES Division Director.

The Committee will:

  • Review the BSDRSC review report to address any outstanding issues,
  • Ensure that all beamline documents (layouts, ray tracings, etc.) are on file,
  • Review the readiness of the beamline for commissioning and document its readiness,
  • Review the commissioning plans to make sure that it meet APS and ANL standards of safety,
  • Validate that the beamline or front end meet APS operational requirements (e.g., compliance with the APS Beamline Vacuum Policy),
  • Prepare written recommendations to the AES Associate Division Director for Mechanical and Interlock Systems.
  • Schedules the commissioning activity after commissioning has been authorized,
  • Initiates the commissioning team after commissioning has been authorized.
Frequency of Meetings

Meetings will be held at the direction of the Committee Chair in response to requests for commissioning of new beamlines, and for modifications to existing beamlines.