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COWI has been
chosen to do the detailed design for the European Spallation Source,
ESS. It will be home for a groundbreaking research facility, a
neutron source with the most powerful linear proton accelerator ever
On completion, the
ESS, a highly advanced target building, will be able to welcome 2000-3000
scientists and researchers from all over the world every year.
multi-disciplinary research center will be based on the world’s most
powerful neutron source, and the research can potentially lead to the
next great inventions within pharmaceuticals, environmental technology,
energy, cultural heritage or fundamental physics.
the neutrons for research, ionising radiation will be generated, and to
meet the safety requirements, the entire target building should be able
to resist a potential earthquake occurring once in a 1 million years. This means that the walls of the target building will be up to 4 meters thick and the
flooring equally heavy.
COWI has been selected to be one of the
leading engineering consultant companies at ESS due to a solid track
record, and the engineers will draw on the experience from the design of
the world’s largest bridges as well as concrete metro tunnels in
Jacob Egede Andersen will lead the project and is presently gathering the team of experts for the job.
have to focus on project management and ensure that engineers from
different departments together can draw on their experience from
detailed design of record setting bridges in highly seismic areas as for
instance California or Bosperus. The concrete experts bring
experience from Metro projects in Copenhagen, Athens and Doha, which will be combined with our knowledge of handling ionising radiation. This will come with the experts who worked on decommissioning of the
nuclear facilities at Risø National Research Centre," says Jacob Egede
Andersen, Market Director in COWI.
The ESS is a
complicated building design, and due to the ionising radiation, it must
live up to very high safety requirements. Among other things, this
means that there is a very fixed deadline on the constructions.
"We are honored to be selected to
lead the detailed design for the target building in a facility of these
dimensions. It is much more than an infrastructure project. Being the world's leading research facility using neutrons, it will
make a difference to the world," says Jacob Egede Andersen.
The work was awarded by COWI's framework contract with ESS in October 2016 and will run until the first beam on target in 2019.
The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a multi-disciplinary research facility based on what will be the world's most powerful neutron source.
The facility is being built in Lund, while the ESS Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC) is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. First neutrons are expected to be generated in 2019, with the user program planned to commence in 2023, and construction phase of the entire facility complete by 2025.
ESS is the world's next-generation neutron source, and will enable scientists to see and understand basic atomic structures and forces at length and time scales unachievable at other research facilities using neutrons.
The research facility is a European project with 15 participating countries and expected cost of 1,8 billion Euro. 35 % is paid by Sweden, 12,5 % by Denmark and the remains by the other member countries.
Construction of the buildings at the ESS site was initiated in September 2014 and will end 2019. Once in operations, ESS will have around 500 employees and a yearly operations budget around 140 MEUR.
The European Spallation Source ERIC is a joint European organisation committed to constructing and operating the world's leading facility for research using neutrons.
Jacob Egede Andersen
Market Director, COWI
Tel.: +45 20 20 39 69