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A mix of people with diverse skills and expertise and using the right technology can set up a project for success.

Jeremy Parsons, NASA’s Launch Equipment Test Facility Project Manager, explains how using the right types of technology and having people with the right expertise can speed up a project’s work time and create a successful project environment. Please click on the video clip above to hear Parsons point out some of the technology and people that are instrumental in performing work in the Launch Equipment Test Facility.

Video key learning points from the video:

The Launch Equipment Test Facility uses various tools and human expertise to speed up work:

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    Photogrammetry, using high-speed cameras and software, is used to help analyze the umbilical arm position.

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    3-D printing technology is used to save time on modifications made to items like cryogenic hose fittings.

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    Modeling technology is employed to check to see if a secure fit is achieved and to simulate and ensure test environments meet the model environments.

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    Skilled human artisans such as machinists and welders who can perform intricately skilled jobs and turn around their work in a short amount of time help tremendously with being able to keep a project on track.

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    A successful project work environment uses all types of skills to be successful. Various team members, including welders, machinists, animators, programmers, public affairs personnel, graphic designers and artists, work in different areas to make the project successful.

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NASA APPEL Courses for Project Management

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