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Managment and construction of the Large Binocular Telescope enclosure: Meeting unusual challenges with a competitive discipline
Author(s): James H. Slagle; John M. Hill; Warren B. Davison; Wood Hart; Jose Teran
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Paper Abstract

Planning, estimating, and building a telescope and its enclosure within a budget is a challenge to any project staff. The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) project office goal has been to break every phase of the project into small packages and competitively bid the packages. In this way the project office can minimize costs and keep the project budget from escalating out of control. This paper will discuss both the unique and common problems associated with the building of telescopes into the next millennium. The discussion is centered on the planning and execution phases of construction for the LBT, located on Mt. Graham in Arizona. The paper will discuss the effects of delays on the actual start of the telescope due to environmental issues and the impact the delays had on design and budget. The paper will provide the solutions that have been incorporated by the LBT project office to maximize the quality of construction while holding costs to a minimum. The use of a team approach by the contractors, engineers, and the project office has been successful in maintaining quality construction at a reasonable cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3352, Advanced Technology Optical/IR Telescopes VI, (25 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319321
Show Author Affiliations
James H. Slagle, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
John M. Hill, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Warren B. Davison, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Wood Hart, Hart Construction Management Services, Inc. (United States)
Jose Teran, M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3352:
Advanced Technology Optical/IR Telescopes VI
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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