11 July 2008 FRACTAL Systems & Project suite: engineering tools for improving development and operation of the systems
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This paper describes the FRACTAL Systems & Projects suite. This suite is composed by several tools (GECO, DOCMA and SUMO) that provide the capabilities that all organizations need to store and manage the system information generated along the project's lifetime, from the design phase to the operation phase. The amount of information that is generated in a project keeps growing in size and complexity along the project's lifetime, to an extent that it becomes impossible to manage it without the aid of specific computer-based tools. The suite described in this paper is the solution developed by FRACTAL to assist the execution of different scientific projects, mainly related with telescopes and instruments, for astronomical research centres. These tools help the system and project engineers to maintain the technical control of the systems and to ensure an optimal use of the resources. GECO eases the control of the system configuration data; DOCMA provides the means to organise and manage the documents generated in the project; SUMO allows managing and scheduling the operation, the maintenance activities and the resources during the operational phase of a system. These tools improve the project communication making the information available to the authorized users (project team, customers, Consortium's members, etc). Finally and depending on the project needs, these three tools can be used integrated or in an independent manner.
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A. Pérez-Calpena, E. Mujica-Alvarez, J. Osinde-Lopez, M. García-Vargas, "FRACTAL Systems & Project suite: engineering tools for improving development and operation of the systems", Proc. SPIE 7017, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III, 70171G (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.785452; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.785452


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