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Nearly completed Large Binocular Telescope facility yields many lessons learned
Author(s): James H. Slagle; John M. Hill; Warren B. Davison; Wood Hart; Jose Teran
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Paper Abstract

The use of a team approach by contractors, engineers and management to build the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) has been successful in maintaining quality construction at a reasonable price. No matter how efficient the team, the building of a 16-story building, with a totally unique design, and on just 1.2 acres of land at an elevation of 3191 meters does present formidable problems. This paper will present the current status of the LBT construction on Mt. Graham and how the team approach has continued to be successful in providing quality solutions on a timely basis while keeping the costs of construction to a minimum. The paper will discuss many issues that project managers must plan for when undertaking new and unique designs and what steps managers can take to avoid costly delays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4004, Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning, (2 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.393899
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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. 4004:
Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning
Thomas A. Sebring; Torben Andersen, Editor(s)

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