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OOI Program Update Tim Cowles. Design Elements 4 Global sites 3 Regional cabled sites in the NE Pacific 2 Coastal arrays: Mid-Atlantic Pioneer Array, PNW Endurance Array Each scale incorporates mobile assets

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Design Elements

4 Global sites

3 Regional cabled sites in the NE Pacific

2 Coastal arrays: Mid-Atlantic Pioneer Array, PNW Endurance Array

Each scale incorporates mobile assets

Cyberinfrastructure: enables adaptive sampling, custom observatory view, collaborative analysis

Interfaces for education users

Navy Briefing

ooi overarching goals
OOI overarching goals

OOI has two fundamental scientific and research mandates that underpin its construction:

  • Sustained delivery of high-quality data for two to three decades;
  • Maintenance of the expandability of the infrastructure to support new capabilities.
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OOI overarching goals

We address those mandates by meeting the science requirements during construction, and by building in the most cost-effective approaches to operating the infrastructure.

The most cost-effective approaches include:

  • A model for the lowest possible annual operating cost
  • No compromises to science, safety, and data integrity
  • Incorporation of established change control processes, risk management process, policies for adding new science...
gaps identified in october 2010
Gaps identified in October 2010
  • Some high-value work elements behind schedule
  • Procurement actions slower than planned
  • Still understaffed across the project even with remarkable growth since start of construction in Sept 2009
  • Weak web site and external communications

Under pressure from NSF and OMB to show improvements in progress within next 6 months

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Corrective Action Plan: Initial Issues

Four areas were the primary focal points for action

  • Weaknesses in some management structures
    • PM and Engineering – tasking and coordination
    • Subaward management
  • Gaps in staffing
  • Schedule Management -> Progress toward milestones
  • Rate of procurement across the program
schedule replanning process
Schedule ‘replanning’ process

External specialists have been guiding a replan of the OOI schedule during the implementation of the Corrective Action Plan

  • Integrating construction and O&M into one schedule
  • Adding more granularity into the schedule to improve tracking of milestones

Will be complete late March/early April and will become the new ‘baseline’ for the OOI

ooi cap performance metrics
OOI CAP Performance Metrics
  • Progress assessed on
      • Staffing
      • Procurements
      • Designs, Products
  • Achieved hiring as defined in staffing plans at each IO
  • Made good progress on procurements of platforms and instruments as defined in procurement table
  • Delivered 80% of products ‘on time’ as set in the CAP milestone list
  • Progress in these areas indicates improved coordination and integrationof Project Management and Engineering
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CAP: Hiring Targets, Milestones, Results

Numbers relative to OOI staffing on September 30, 2010

ooi progress based on earned value
OOI Progress based on Earned Value


COST variance



SCHEDULE variance

progress in marine design
Progress in Marine Design

Institutionally-Designed Platforms, Coastal Moorings

  • The In-shore Coastal Mooring test unit is complete with a preliminary detailed design of prototype and a prototype build
  • The technical drawing package is mature and a TDP drawing design package has been developed.
  • The mooring has been built and awaiting ship availability for deployment
Test Deployments to Evaluate Designs

In Shore Test Mooring 2 (ISTM2): March 2011 – July 2011

At the Endurance Array site, surface wave heights that are large fractions of water depth are a large design challenge.

Testing: Mooring and buoy design for 25 m site.

Test Deployments to Evaluate Designs

Example: In Shore Test Mooring 2 (ISTM2): March 2011 – July 2011

Buoy (foreground) and stretch hose (background)

Redesigned universal joint

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Progress in Marine Design

Institutionally-Designed Platforms, Global Moorings

  • At-Sea Test Moorings (3) are approximately 50% complete and portions of the prototypes are under construction.
  • Test deployment is now scheduled for September 2011
    • Multiple design and build milestones over the next 6 months
    • Focused IO and PMO attention on work and relative progress
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Technical Progress: Deployments will test designs

At Sea Test 2 (AST2): Sept 2011 – April 2012

At the Pioneer Array site

Coastal Surface Mooring (CSM)

Coastal Profiler Mooring (CPM)

will be tested in 500 m of water.

Pioneer Array

test deployments to evaluate designs
Test Deployments to Evaluate Designs

At Sea Test 2 (AST2): September 2011 – April 2012

Seaward of the Pioneer Array site,

a global hybrid profiler mooring

to be tested in 2,500 m of water.

Concerns about global surface profiler and operations with compound mooring deployment/recovery to be addressed.

Hybrid profiler mooring

at sea test 2 ast2 timeline
At Sea Test 2 (AST2) TimeLine

AST2 Cruise

Sept 22, 2011

AST2 Design

AST2 Manufacture and Build

AST2 Integration


In the Water

(thru April 2012)

progress in marine design regional
Progress in Marine Design (Regional)

Approximately half of the Regional System technical designs are on scheduleare under the Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract with L3-MariPro. Other items are within the schedule float and should not delay any deployments.

The non-L3 major infrastructure pieces of the cable system have been specified and contracted

  • The physical hard connection point of presence (POP)
  • Telecommunication backbone service to the shore station
  • The physical shore station
  • Conduits from the shore station to the shore landing manholes
Survey to determine cable route in 2010

Black smoker in the ASHES Hydrothermal Field imaged during a detailed bathymetric and video survey of the area as a potential node site for the OOI Regional Cabled Observatory.

An octopus lounges on a basalt flow at a water depth of ~1520 m within the caldera of Axial Volcano.

Test of Secondary Infrastructure support

A half-scale model of a potential frame design is lowered off the R/V Thompson for a one-year deployment at Southern Hydrate Ridge using Medea and Jason. The frame is also being tested to see how different materials react to biofouling during long-duration deployments.

cyberinfrastructure technical progress
CyberInfrastructure Technical Progress

Architecture of Infrastructure and R1

  • Good progress on messaging and computational features
  • Over 100 Enterprise Architecture drawings complete
    • Common Operating Infrastructure
    • Common Execution Infrastructure
    • Data Management
    • External Observatory Integration
    • Sensing and Acquisition

User Interface design

  • 10 workflows defined covering 13 screens and 84 panels
    • (a screen is made up of panels)
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CI Technical Progress

Software Detailed Design/Coding Release 1

  • Screen Design, wire frames for release 1 completed
  • Full implementation in R1 in June 2011
  • Release 1 provides foundational code for ingestion and distribution of external data
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CI Technical Progress

Hardware and Network Systems

  • The San Diego Engineering Center is operational
  • Designs and BoMs for the Portland, Seattle, and Woods Hole cyberPoPs are complete
  • Point of Presence (POP) hardware procurement re-planned for April for Portland and Seattle and later 2011 for Woods Hole

The specification, Statement of Work, and RFP for the national backbone are undergoing contract review

ooi changes since oct 2010
OOI changes since Oct 2010

Organizational changes within OOI Project Office

  • Senior Project Scientist to begin April 25 – Steve Ackleson
  • OOI Director of Communications – Kerry Beck
  • Engaged experienced contractors to assist with O&M while completing search for new O&M Manager
  • new Deputy Program Manager – Greg Settle
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OOI changes since Oct 2010

Organizational changes at Implementing Organizations

  • More details than can be summarized here!
action plan
Action Plan

Our adjustments as we approach the Year 2 review

  • Review and analysis of technical progress
  • Implement the new schedule
  • Assessment vulnerabilities to continued progress
    • Take corrective steps as needed
  • Clarify data products and data sampling
  • Enhance science engagement through improved communications
  • Improve budgetary evaluations of long-term operational expenses
  • Pace of work is intense and the team is working too many hours. Burn-out is a primary concern.
  • Unsettled budgetary environment has not yet complicated cash flow, but……stay tuned
  • Clarifying pathways for science engagement