All automation systems proceed through four stages of development as they transition from high-level ideas, to become fully-functional systems. Each stage of the automation lifecycle has unique needs and opportunities to ensure that the automation being developed will be beneficial to the operator or task it is developed to support. The automation themes and related automation stories for each stage of the automation development lifecycle are provided below.

Automation Design

New Automation concepts are identified and defined to address operational needs.

Testing, Validation, & Assurance

Automation is finalized and prepared for system-wide deployment.

Change Management

The newly developed automation system is integrated into existing operations.

Operational Use

Automation is deployed into operations where it is monitored and maintained.