A systems engineering approach for the deployment of an atmospheric monitoring station
Van Zyl, P.G.
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In this paper the importance of a Systems Engineering (SE) approach is reiterated for developing and managing an atmospheric monitoring station. A newly established comprehensive atmospheric monitoring station, the Welgegund Atmospheric Monitoring Station (WAMS), was used as a case study - system of interest (SOI). In agreement with commercial projects, the Customer Need has shown that the SOI life-cycle may be time intensive with significant financial impacts. The Operational Concept was visualised in terms of physical requirements, operational methodology and final deliverables. Functional Analysis emphasised the design importance of the measurement station for continuous operation and to remain relevant throughout the system life-cycle. Physical architectures and interfaces were scrutinised to maximise the efficiency of the SOI. Testing was vital and remains a continuous process. By continuing to implement the SE approach, the WAMS will satisfy the changing and unique stakeholder requirements throughout the system life-cycle. The paper concludes that the SE framework provided made a positive contribution since the initial design and has adequately identified all the requirements in order for WAMS to be implemented on time, within budget and to the level of performance required.