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García Vargas, María Luisa and Pérez Calpena, Ana and Gil de Paz, Armando and Gallego Maestro, Jesús and Carrasco, Esperanza and Cedazo, Raquel and Iglesias, Jorge (2014) Project management for complex ground-based instruments: MEGARA plan. Proceedings of SPIE, 9150 . ISSN 0277-786X

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Abstract

The project management of complex instruments for ground-based large telescopes is a challenge itself. A good management is a clue for project success in terms of performance, schedule and budget. Being on time has become a strict requirement for two reasons: to assure the arrival at the telescope due to the pressure on demanding new instrumentation for this first world-class telescopes and to not fall in over-costs. The budget and cash-flow is not always the expected one and has to be properly handled from different administrative departments at the funding centers worldwide distributed. The complexity of the organizations, the technological and scientific return to the Consortium partners and the participation in the project of all kind of professional centers working in astronomical instrumentation: universities, research centers, small and large private companies, workshops and providers, etc. make the project management strategy, and the tools and procedures tuned to the project needs, crucial for success. MEGARA (Multi-Espectrografo en GTC de Alta Resolucion para Astronomia) is a facility instrument of the 10.4m GTC (La Palma, Spain) working at optical wavelengths that provides both Integral-Field Unit (IFU) and Multi-Object Spectrograph (MOS) capabilities at resolutions in the range R=6,000-20,000. The project is an initiative led by Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in collaboration with INAOE (Mexico), IAA-CSIC (Spain) and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain). MEGARA is being developed under contract with GRANTECAN.


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© 2014 SPIE.
Conference on Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy (VI. 2014. Montreal, Canada).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Megara; Manatee; GTC; Grantecan; Project; Management; Budget; Schedule
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:36070
Deposited On:02 Mar 2016 15:28
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

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