General Announcements

Gemini South performing a controlled shutdown

March 27th, 2015

A severe weather event in Northern Chile with intense rains, flash floods, and mudslides has interrupted Gemini South operations. There is no damage to the facility or personnel, but we now have limited power and significant damage to the access road. To protect the infrastructure, Gemini is doing a controlled shutdown of all telescope systems including instruments. The date to resume operations is uncertain, with science operations not expected to start again before the middle of next week at the earliest.

Announcing a bring-your-own data session at the Future & Science of Gemini Observatory

March 18th, 2015

The Users Committee for Gemini has reserved a 2-hour block for a hands-on, bring-your-own data workshop with Gemini staff and expert users. What topics would you like to see addressed in such a workshop? Examples might be mask-making with GMMPS or reducing GPI data; please tell us what YOU would like help with by submitting topics for discussion.

Gemini North Energy Services Projects RFP

March 11th, 2015

As part of Gemini’s comprehensive energy savings initiative, Gemini North Telescope Facility (GN) seeks to provide a full range of improvements and services to reduce costs of energy and water use (referred to as Energy Savings Projects - ESP). Services may include a technical audit to assess energy, water, and operations and maintenance savings opportunities, design, acquisition, installation or modification of energy-using equipment, and maintenance and training in the operation of such equipment.

Gemini North Architectural & Engineering Services RFQ

February 10th, 2015

Gemini North Observatory is a five-story facility that houses an 8-meter telescope and support instrumentation, equipment, and work space. Gemini seeks professional architectural and engineering (A&E) services via a professional services agreement for upcoming projects anticipated to total several hundred hours of architectural, structural, electrical, and/or design engineering services. Gemini seeks to pursue additional projects upon successful completion of the first project, the GN Storage Mezzanine.

Gemini North Roof Weather Sealing RFQ

December 31st, 2014

Gemini North on Mauna Kea seeks to seal the support building roof in seven locations where existing roof pipe penetrations shall be removed. Gemini staff shall remove the existing seven roof penetrations prior to Contractor performing the necessary roof sealing work. The hardware and method employed to seal the roof penetrations shall provide trouble-free performance for as long as possible. Gemini plans to have work begin on the roof weather sealing in February 2015 (weather permitting) and anticipates it will be completed by mid-March 2015 (weather permitting).

Announcement of Opportunity for new Large and Long Programs

December 15th, 2014
Gemini Observatory announces an opportunity for new Large and Long Programs. Eligible PIs are invited to propose scientific investigations to begin observation in the 2015B semester. Letters of Intent are due February 2 2015, and completed proposals are due March 31 2015.  Details and requirements are available in the Announcement of Opportunity.

GIFS Bidders Conference Information

October 30th, 2014

On the 31st October Gemini Observatory will host an interactive remote Bidders Conference for participates to learn more about the GIFS RfP.

Participants can attend by phone or by polycom. Gemini will host two equivalent sessions to allow for participation across many different time zones.

Session 1: 11:00 – 13:30 CLST
Session 2: 19:00 – 21:30 CLST

If you plan on attending one of the sessions, please email gifs_rfp@gemini.edu and inform us which session you plan on attending and how. (i.e. my phone or polycom)

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