16 August 2016 Gemini Observatory base facility operations: systems engineering process and lessons learned
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Gemini North Observatory successfully began nighttime remote operations from the Hilo Base Facility control room in November 2015. The implementation of the Gemini North Base Facility Operations (BFO) products was a great learning experience for many of our employees, including the author of this paper, the BFO Systems Engineer.

In this paper we focus on the tailored Systems Engineering processes used for the project, the various software tools used in project support, and finally discuss the lessons learned from the Gemini North implementation. This experience and the lessons learned will be used both to aid our implementation of the Gemini South BFO in 2016, and in future technical projects at Gemini Observatory.
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Andrew Serio, Martin Cordova, Gustavo Arriagada, Andy Adamson, Madeline Close, Dolores Coulson, Atsuko Nitta, Arturo Nunez, "Gemini Observatory base facility operations: systems engineering process and lessons learned", Proc. SPIE 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 99110U (16 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231831; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231831
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