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Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope: integration, testing, and commissioning planning
Author(s): Simon Craig; Kerry Gonzales; Robert P. Hubbard; Chen Liang; Ruth A. Kneale; William R. McBride; Predrag Sekulic; Timothy R. Williams
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Paper Abstract

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) has been in its construction phase since 2010, anticipating the onset of the integration, test, and commissioning (IT&C) phase in early 2017, and the commencement of science verification in 2019. The works on Haleakala are progressing at a phenomenal rate and many of the various subsystems are either through or about to enter their Factory (or Laboratory) acceptance. The delays in obtaining site planning permissions, while a serious issue for Project Management, has allowed the sub-systems to develop well ahead of their required delivery to site. We have benefited from the knowledge that many sub-systems will be on site and ready for integration well before affecting the critical path. Opportunities have been presented for additional laboratory/factory testing which, while not free, significantly reduce the risks of potential delays and rework on site. From the perspective of IT&C this has provided an opportunity to develop the IT&C plans and schedules free from the pressures of imminent deployment.

In this paper we describe the ongoing planning of the Integration, Testing and Commissioning (IT&C) phase of the project in particular the detailed planning phase that we are currently developing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 991102 (16 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233654
Show Author Affiliations
Simon Craig, NSO/DKIST (United States)
Kerry Gonzales, NSO/DKIST (United States)
Robert P. Hubbard, NSO/DKIST (United States)
Chen Liang, NSO/DKIST (United States)
Ruth A. Kneale, NSO/DKIST (United States)
William R. McBride, NSO/DKIST (United States)
Predrag Sekulic, NSO/DKIST (United States)
Timothy R. Williams, NSO/DKIST (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9911:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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