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Managing an internationally distributed instrumentation and controls project
Author(s): Richard J. McGonegal
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Paper Abstract

The Gemini 8-m telescopes project is faced with the challenges of demanding scientific requirements, fixed budgets, and aggressive schedules. In addition Gemini is an international project and the majority of the work itself is being done by groups within the partner countries. Gemini presents a unique managerial challenge in that not only the detailed design and fabrication of the mechanical subassemblies will be contracted out to the international community but also the software, control systems and instrumentation. In order to meet requirements on budget and on schedule Gemini has had to develop a model for how to do distributed design, manage a distributed effort and adopt a development methodology tailored to its specific circumstances. This paper details the engineering practices put in place to ensure quality, the software and hardware standards adopted, and the management techniques and tools used to promote success. In addition this paper describes some of the lessons learned and, most importantly, what the author would change if this were repeated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.269045
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Richard J. McGonegal, Gemini 8-m Telescopes Project (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2871:
Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow
Arne L. Ardeberg, Editor(s)

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