Project Management Life Cycle

GST has experience managing multiple large projects for various Federal agencies and has established a cadre of experienced project managers and program management professionals.

GST provided strategic management support to the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) from 2010 to 2018. GST initiated and developed the PMO for the Center for Weather and Climate to improve the management and tracking of NCEI products and services. GST’s Project Management Office (PMO) team assisted in the management of 186 products and services across 15 CWC Products Areas (portfolios), garnering recognition by NESDIS leadership. This effort led to the successful integration of 147 management recommendations and aided in budgetary build-up and resource allocation activities. Additionally, GST created processes, procedures, and templates, conducted training, and implemented configuration management (CM) to ensure consistency in process execution. Furthermore, GST created a document library for baselining completed documents and expanding organizational corporate knowledge. GST successfully implemented the product retirement/refresh process for nearly 200 products for over 6 years by implementing a 3-step process including product inventory, prioritization, and labor analysis. The prioritization was based on user needs, NESDIS core priorities, and their value to science, and allowed NCEI management to objectively score and identify the ‘low-priority’ projects/products that could be hibernated or terminated, thus freeing up resources for new development or improvements to ‘high-priority’ projects and products.

GST’s CLASS PMO oversaw the day-to-day performance of the project as well as overall adherence to contract requirements. This included an Earned Value Management (EVM) system to track actual cost, performance, and schedule against the baseline; collection, analysis, and reporting of quality, productivity, and other performance measures; training; over 700 procurements; and risk management. In addition, we implemented a robust, independent Quality Management Office; CM of all hardware and software configuration items; and process management using CMMI-DEV Level-3 processes and procedures. GST program specialists developed NOAA’s GAO-compliant lifecycle cost estimate, which identified and projected detailed costs for the entirety of the CLASS lifecycle, and GST used the Forio Simulate modeling software to develop and maintain the CLASS System Estimation Tool (CSET) to estimate costs of implementing new data streams.

For the NESDIS Business Operations Support (BOS) task, GST SMEs provide business support to NESDIS organizations, helping to manage transformational activities. GST understands NESDIS’ full operations lifecycle and is able to help it advance and leverage the latest technology, science, and best practices in strategic planning, policy development, user engagement, and portfolio/program/project management.

Scientific Visualization and Communication

GST creates world-class visualizations of scientifically meaningful content from observational and model data for broadcast and print media, the web, conferences, and museums.

Earth Science Applications

GST provides a variety of satellite missions concepts, sensor development, and instrument calibration and validations (cal/val), and provides data downlink, data capture, data storage, preprocessing, and data analysis.

Enterprise Data Systems and IT Operations

GST has decades of experience developing and supporting enterprise-level systems. These include enterprise-level data archives, major components of NOAA and NASA ground systems, and websites for broad user engagement.

Sensor Engineering

GST supports instrument calibration and validation of operational sensors from multiple Earth observation satellites, develops sensor data processing algorithms, perform cal/val, and provide image processing, and develops software and ground support equipment control of planetary spaceflight mission mass spectrometer and gas chromatograph instrumentation.

Cloud Computing Solutions

GST designed and implemented the ABoVE Science Cloud that combines high-performance computing and high-capacity storage for large-scale modeling and analysis of remote sensing data. On our NOAA Mesonet project, we collected and processed weather data from thousands of mobile and stationary sensors using cloud computing, storage, and processing services.

Commercial Weather Applications

GST's commercial satellite ground systems applications, DirectMet®2 and DirectMet®2 Cloud™, provide our customers with low-cost customized satellite imagery and products. Our WAFS-METLAB2™ meteorological workstation integrates worldwide data with multi-window displays, alerts, and customized macro overlays.

Peer Review and Program Support

GST performs peer review support; recruits SMEs and administers peer review panels. We support multiple research areas and provide business and transformational support activities through strategic planning, policy development, user engagement, property management, and project management.

Medical Device Consulting

GST provides technical consulting, engineering testing services, and regulatory and grant support and conducts testing in ISO 13485-2016–certified laboratory. We focus on medical device consulting in the areas of device durability, biomechanical compatibility, medical image processing, clinical research, and regulatory strategy.

Project, Program, and Portfolio Management

GST's management professionals support our clients' management efforts at the project, program, and portfolio levels. We perform policy analysis and strategic planning, and provide recommendations for a holistic approach to manage, collect, and track critical schedule, resource, and risk information. We link programmatic, financial, workforce, and risk data to better understand interdependencies. Our SMEs also develop program-level Integrated Master Schedules and implement Risk Management processes. Our portfolio management activities improve resource allocations across multiple products within an organization.

IT Security

GST partners with its federal, state, and county Government customers to meet their security goals so they can keep their assets protected and mission on track. Since 1998, GST has provided network management and security support for facilities across all 55 of West Virginia’s counties. Responsibilities include ensuring the operations and security of more than 50 routers, 150 switches, wireless systems, and a variety of firewall appliances for more than 1,500 users. GST builds IT security in all IT systems that we design, build, and operate, from individual networks to enterprise-level systems such as NOAA CLASS and NASA NRESS. We hold a TS-level facility security clearance and are actively working toward our CMMC certification.