15 June view of the AOS TB Shell and the antennas of the site testing interferometer. The AOS TB Shell is in place. The interior work has commenced and continues through the current austral winter. At the OSF, antenna foundations are under construction at the Vertex and Melco laydown areas. The ALMA Board approved the OSF contract; construction should begin soon on the OSF building. The Board recommended that all parties sign the Agreement which brings Japan fully into the project. As of the Board meeting, NINS (Japan) and ESO had signed; NSF was expected to by 30 June.
The role of the ANASAC will become critical in the coming
months. As operations ramps-up, we need to move to a mode where
the ANASAC has concrete input into the project through formal charges
and responses, in a manner parallel to the vital scientific
role the ASAC has played in the international construction project.
These needed changes come now because we have a few absolutely critical
charges for the ANASAC that need to be addressed by the end of the summer.
These charges relate to the funding proposal for North American ALMA operations
that has been requested from NRAO by the NSF for October, 2006.
The ANASAC represents the community in this process. Please see the Supplemental Material at the end of this agenda for the charges.
5)Charges May 2006, and subcommittee preliminary reports (Williams)