The following proposal is meant to be an outline of the research and analyses that will be performed during the upcoming semester in the spring of 2010 in order to complete the AE Senior Thesis assignment. Included in this document are descriptions of four areas of analysis, a weight matrix which explains the proportions of time that are expected to be spent on each of the analyses, a section on the breadth topics that will be studied outside of construction management, and a schedule depicting the usage of time for completion of the assignment next semester.
The first analysis that is proposed is the installation of a solar collection system to the roof of the C-5 Fuel Cell Facility. This system will be researched in order to determine the electrical output that could be expected from such an addition and then compared to the expected total power usage of the building. The second analysis involves changing all CMU walls on the project to precast concrete or possibly prefabricated CMU walls. The exterior façade will be examined primarily on the basis of a quality finished product and the interior load-bearing walls will be analyzed based on structural design. In both instances, cost and schedule impacts will be researched, as well as site congestion. The third area of analysis focuses on the creation of an alternative method for constructing the slab on grade in the hangar area. A better final product and simpler construction methods are the goals. The fourth analysis explores the affect that using the design-build delivery method has on project productivity, specifically on the management and design side of the project. Each of these analyses will be directed at studying productivity on a construction project with respect to alternative methods and design options.
The breadth topics that will be discussed in this document focus on the electrical and structural options of Architectural Engineering. The breadth in electrical will come from the analysis of the solar collection system by calculating the approximate quantity of energy that could be produced and then determining the building’s overall power usage. The structural breadth analysis will be part of the study on changing the interior load-bearing CMU walls to a precast concrete system. Design of a concrete wall structure based on the current loads will be completed.
Revised Thesis Proposal
As part of the solar collection analysis topic, I will be calculating the quantity of electricity that could be produced by the Solyndra system on the Fuel Cell Facility’s roof. I will also be determining the total loads for the building in order to calculate the percentage of total usage that the collection system could provide. This will be part of a constructability review of the system for this particular project.
The change from CMU to precast concrete for load-bearing interior walls requires design analysis to determine the size wall necessary for supporting the loads present. I will determine the loading conditions on the CMU wall and size a concrete wall based on those loads. It is my expectation that the precast wall system will have a decreased wall thickness as compared to the CMU wall, meaning that floor space will be increased, adding value to the building.