Lessons Learned Workshop

Parksville, Canada
Week of July 5, 1999


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Purpose

Most groups around the world that have developed instruments for large telescopes have experienced difficulties in completing them within agreed budget, schedule, and technical specifications. The consequences have had very severe scientific and financial implications for some groups. Many lessons - some very bitter - have been learned from these experiences, and these lessons can be shared with others to help them avoid similar problems in the future.

This workshop will be designed to share experiences and lessons learned for the mutual benefit of all participants. We will encourage broad ranging and candid discussion that allows us to focus on the real issues.

Minutes (PDF)

Agenda

Wednesday, July 7

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Opening Reception (host: Canadian Gemini Office)

Thursday, July 8

7:30 - BREAKFAST
8:30 - Welcome and Opening Remarks (Andy Woodsworth, Matt Mountain)
8:40 - Goals and Organization of the Workshop (Andy)
8:50 - Gemini Instrumentation Overview (Doug Simons and Jim Oschmann)
9:45 - UK Gemini experiences (Adrian Russell, Simon Craig)

10:30 - Coffee

10:45 - GNIRS experience (Sidney Wolff)
11:30 - AAO experience with the 2dF and the VLT (Keith Taylor)

12:00 - LUNCH

1:00 - The Keck Experience (Fred Chaffee - remotely)
2:00 - GMOS (Rick Murowinski)
2:30 - Instrument Software (Doug Simons)

3:00 - Break

3:15 - International collaborations (Andy and Adrian)
3:45 - CCD Detectors (Richard Wolff)

6:00 pm - DINNER
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Reception (host: Gemini Observatory)

Friday, July 9

7:30 - BREAKFAST
8:30 - University of Florida (Charlie Telesco)
9:00 - IR Imagers for Gemini and Subaru (Klaus Hodapp)
9:30 - Altair adaptive optics system (Andy and Glen Herriot)

10:00 - Break

10:30 - Designing to Cost (Jim)
11:00 - Common Lessons Learned from various projects (All)

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Lessons Learned (continued); summary and discussion of findings

2:45 - Closing Remarks (Andy and Matt)
3:00 pm - Adjourn