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Universities Space Research Association

PM tec provided project management and project controls services for the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), a NASA contractor, which manages Science Mission Operations and Planning for the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a highly modified Boeing 747 used as an airborne observatory. 

PM tec began its relationship with USRA while conducting a Fast Start for Projects ™ workshop to assist USRA and NASA personnel in developing a new integrated (to include the other two prime SOFIA contractors) project management baseline after a temporary shutdown and restructuring of the project. At the completion of the workshop, USRA requested additional support from PM tec to rapidly develop a detailed resource-loaded baseline schedule and cost estimate in order to meet a critical NASA deadline.

PM tec generated and documented project management and project controls procedures and instructions in support of a newly established USRA Project Management Office. PM tec personnel worked in conjunction with technical staff to identify USRA and NASA earned value management requirements in order to develop NASA-compliant EVM processes and reports.  PM tec personnel worked with USRA and NASA functional managers in developing and managing a cost and resource loaded schedule for a 5 year, $180M project.