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Problem Areas In Large Optics Fabrication: A Project Manager's Perspective
Author(s): James W. Mayo III
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Paper Abstract

Frequently encountered difficulties in large optics fabrication projects are discussed with emphasis on four generic types of problem areas. Scaling, innovative techniques, optical uniqueness and specifications are covered. Insights into how problems arise in these areas and how they affect fabrication, project management and final project results are given. The basic conclusions of the paper are that you will probably: (1) underestimate the difficulty of the scaling problem, (2) place too much emphasis on an innovative new technique which probably won't work, (3) take longer to complete the project than esti-mated and (4) become heavily mired down in setting, interpreting or meeting specifications. You will do all of these things even if you read this paper, but hopefully, to a lesser degree.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1985
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0542, Optical Fabrication & Testing Workshop, (22 October 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.948146
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James W. Mayo III, Aerospace Laser Technology Office (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0542:
Optical Fabrication & Testing Workshop
Robin S. McDowell, Editor(s)

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