Earlier this month the SADT Consortium completed the last of the actions arising from Critical Design Review (CDR) completing CDR close-out from a technical / design point of view. As a result, we held the final SADT Consortium team telecom meeting, which was dedicated to the discussion of SADT technical work. In order to formally close out the CDR, the agreed document set now needs to be filed in the SKAO’s document management system and the proposed SADT design will then be baselined, a process that will be completed in the course of December. The design is now fully owned by SKAO. With the Consortium now formally dissolved, many of the former members are looking forward to supporting the SKAO during the Bridging Phase, implementing engineering changes that arose after the requirements freeze and addressing issues that are coming to light during the CDRs of other elements. To kick-off bridging work in earnest key members of the UoM SKA Networks (ex-SADT) team will be participating in the inaugural SKAO SAFe Programme Increment (PI) Planning Meeting to be held at the SKAO in the first week of December.
As Consortium Lead I would like to take the opportunity to thank all members of the Consortium for their hard work over the last few years. We have successfully delivered a design for the SKA networks which is robust, on-budget, fully documented and well-engineered. This is an achievement that the whole Consortium can feel very proud of. It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated team of professionals. Thank you.