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Integrating project management and systems engineering to transition to remote operations
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Paper Abstract

Remote operation of observatories has been a topic of interest for many years. This paper discusses a general approach to determining what it will take to transition from on-site summit nighttime operation to remote nighttime operation of a facility. It is informed by involvement in projects at Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Gemini Observatory, and W. M. Keck Observatory. While these projects had differences, they all shared the goals of upgrading an operating observatory that is on sky every night to improve efficiency of operations without negative impact on science. The approach combines project management (PMI) and systems engineering (INCOSE) methodologies and tools to develop an understanding of the impact on operations, determine scope and requirements for new capabilities as well as additional functionality for existing systems, identify and manage risks, and how to incrementally move toward remote operation by integrating changes into current operations along the way.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10705, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VIII, 107051B (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2311421
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Sarah Gajadhar, SG Consulting, Inc. (Canada)
Paul Stomski, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10705:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VIII
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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