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10 July 2018 SALT achieving synergy through integrated operations
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The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) has benefitted greatly by integrating its astronomy and technical operations under one management team since February 2015. Synergies were created in many aspects of operations: joint planning (e.g. shutdowns to minimize downtime and maximize results), asset renewal and development projects. Joint decision making enabled setting of priorities regarding operations, projects and allocating scarce resources to those. Joint budgeting led to cost effectiveness. Joint training and teambuilding exercises improved team spirit. All key metrics improved across the board. This paper describes the processes implemented to achieve better synergy and productivity.
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Johannes C. Coetzee, Michael Shara, Theodore B. Williams, Petri Väisänen, Encarnacion Romero Colmenero, and Keith R. J. Browne "SALT achieving synergy through integrated operations", Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107040P (10 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312588
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