of a new model for international collaboration on a future large accelerator project, the Global Accelerator Network . The study is based on a model of a facility, which is remote from most of the collaborating institutions. It is designed, built and operated by a collaboration of equal partner institutions distributed around the world. According to this model, the expert-staff from each laboratory remains based at their home institution but continues to participate in the operation of the machine after construction. This report summarizes the conclusions of the Task Force on Remote Operation, which investigated the general and technical implications of far-remote operations. The task force considered the full range of activities involved in the operation of a complex accelerator including commissioning, normal operation, machine development, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair. As far as maintenance, troubleshooting and repair is concerned, the experience from existing laboratories is encouraging. It indicates that most of these activities are already performed ‘remotely’, or could be with properly designed equipment. The experts are required to be physically present only during initial commissioning of the hardware and for troubleshooting particularly difficult problems
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