Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave
LIGO is a pioneering effort to design and construct
a cutting edge scientific facility - a gravitational
wave observatory that will crate a new observational
tool by which to observe the universe.
Initially, a new LIGO management
team needed to re-baseline the cost estimate and
schedule for the project for NSF review. Following
approval, the LIGO team needed to quickly deploy
staff with highly specialized scientific and
engineering talent in order to achieve the projects’
aggressive schedule goals.
Triad quickly brought in a cost
estimating team to develop a “bottoms up”
re-estimate of the project for the new LIGO
management. This was completed in an aggressive four
month period. Following the re-estimate, TRIAD
developed and fully integrated a cost and schedule
control system for LIGO to meet the needs of both
internal management and NSF requirements. To meet
the rigorous staff requirements, TRIAD deployed some
of the most specialized and difficult to find
technical talent in the U.S. including an expert
opto-mechanical engineer, several scientific
software engineers and others.
New cost estimate and schedule
delivered on-time and project team in-place.