Thesis Proposal

The IPD/BIM Thesis Proposal combines and relates structural, mechanical, lighting/electical, and construction management goals for next semester. Structural depth studies planned for next semester include a progressive collapse resistance analysis of the structure, as well as a more intensive analysis of the alternate steel braced-frame lateral system proposed in the third technical report. This new lateral system aims to create a penthouse on the top floor of the New York Times Building, as well as optimize the bracing layout according to new changes brought about by other disciplines. The progressive collapse study will specifically focus on the ties in the twenty-foot cantilevers at opposite ends of the building. Breadth topics will be handled by the other options, as this is an integrated thesis; similarly, I will handle structural issues that arise as a result of other options' developments.

MAE-Related Studies:

The lateral system will continue to be analyzed using ETABS, complying with methods learned in Computer Modeling of Building Structures. P-Delta effects, inherent and accidental torsion, and three-dimensional elements will be included in the model. Connections will be evaluated and possibly redesigned using knowledge attained in the Steel Connections course.

To view the original proposal in pdf form, click here. 12/15/09

To view the final proposal in pdf form, click here. 01/19/10

To view the executive summary in pdf form, click here.


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