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Title: A Minimalist Operating Mode for UKIRT

Authors: Gary Davis

Abstract Submitted by: Gary Davis

Institute/Affiliation: Joint Astronomy Centre

Abstract Type: talk

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The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) adopted a new operational mode on 13 December 2010. Driven primarily by the pressure to reduce operating costs, the \"minimalist\" mode was developed as the optimal solution to a complex set of constraints. In this presentation I will describe the motivation for the new operating mode, the evolving mission of the observatory, the principles of minimalist mode and its advantages and disadvantages, and the restructuring of the organisation to accommodate it.