6 August 2010 Engineering within the assembly, verification, and integration (AIV) process in ALMA
Author Affiliations +
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a joint project between astronomical organizations in Europe, North America, and East Asia, in collaboration with the Republic of Chile. ALMA will consist of at least 54 twelve-meter antennas and 12 seven-meter antennas operating as an interferometer in the millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelength range. It will be located at an altitude above 5000m in the Chilean Atacama desert. As part of the ALMA construction phase the Assembly, Verification and Integration (AIV) team receives antennas and instrumentation from Integrated Product Teams (IPTs), verifies that the sub-systems perform as expected, performs the assembly and integration of the scientific instrumentation and verifies that functional and performance requirements are met. This paper aims to describe those aspects related to the AIV Engineering team, its role within the 4-station AIV process, the different phases the group underwent, lessons learned and potential space for improvement. AIV Engineering initially focused on the preparation of the necessary site infrastructure for AIV activities, on the purchase of tools and equipment and on the first ALMA system installations. With the first antennas arriving on site the team started to gather experience with AIV Station 1 beacon holography measurements for the assessment of the overall antenna surface quality, and with optical pointing to confirm the antenna pointing and tracking capabilities. With the arrival of the first receiver AIV Station 2 was developed which focuses on the installation of electrical and cryogenic systems and incrementally establishes the full connectivity of the antenna as an observing platform. Further antenna deliveries then allowed to refine the related procedures, develop staff expertise and to transition towards a more routine production process. Stations 3 and 4 deal with verification of the antenna with integrated electronics by the AIV Science Team and is not covered directly in this paper. It is believed that both continuous improvement and the clear definition of the AIV 4-station model were key factors in achieving the goal of bringing the antennas into a state that is well enough characterized in order to smoothly start commissioning activities.
© (2010) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Bernhard Lopez, Bernhard Lopez, Joseph P. McMullin, Joseph P. McMullin, Nicholas D. Whyborn, Nicholas D. Whyborn, Eugene Duvall, Eugene Duvall, } "Engineering within the assembly, verification, and integration (AIV) process in ALMA", Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77335B (6 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858110; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.858110


The SKA low frequency aperture array
Proceedings of SPIE (August 08 2016)
The evolution of observing modes at ESO telescopes
Proceedings of SPIE (July 14 2016)
The Green Bank Telescope
Proceedings of SPIE (July 02 2000)
System engineering in the ALMA project
Proceedings of SPIE (June 21 2006)
APEX: five years of operations
Proceedings of SPIE (July 29 2010)

Back to Top