Thesis Proposal:

The objective of this thesis is to address problematic issues, with a focus on schedule reduction. Through the following four analyses, the expected outcomes are to provide potential cost and schedule savings solution to the current issues on presented on the project.

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Analysis 1: Schedule Resequence

Due to potential schedule delays the possibility of resequencing the workflow will be analyzed in order to keep the project on track. Once the original schedule is evaluated in order to find areas of flexibility the most efficient resequencing option will be compared with the original schedule. The analysis will have a schedule comparison as well as a cost analysis from keeping the project on track.

Analysis 2: Terra Cotta Rain Screen

The second analysis focuses on proposing a change in the façade of the terra cotta rain screen system. The installation of the system takes a long time and is very labor intensive. Implementing a different façade to replace the terra cotta will have potential for schedule acceleration and cost savings. The overall aesthetic of the building will be looked at to provide a system that keeps the architectural integrity of the building design in mind.

Analysis 3: GPS Material Tracking – Structural Steel

With an implementation of a Just-In-Time delivery method for the structural steel for the project the third analysis will focus on research into GPS tracking systems. The goal of the analysis is to find a cost effective system that will prevent delays in the steel erection sequence. This research topic will provide the project with quality control during the steel erection phase.

Analysis 4: Removal of Habitable Green Roof

The final analysis focuses on the habitual Green Roof on the project. It will look into the additional material needed to support the current roof and the environmental impact of construction. There will be a potential for schedule acceleration with the redesign of an alternate roofing system to replace the Green Roof.


Breadth Topics

Mechanical Breadth – (Analysis 2)

The mechanical breadth will focus on the proposed replacement façade in lieu of the current terracotta rain screen. With the installation of the current system being a potential schedule risk another system will be implemented in order to save time and cost. A mechanical analysis of the new system will be performed for this breadth. First the thermal resistance of the material property of new system and the current terra cotta will be compared to each other in order to determine which is more beneficial to the building. Using the U-value of each façade system the entire building envelope will be analyzed to see which design will perform more efficiently. Along with the schedule impact of the façade change the more efficient system will help decide if choosing an alternative system will impact the project in a positive way.

Structural Breadth - (Analysis 4)

The redesign shifting the Green Roof to a more conventional roofing system offers an area for a structural breadth. The current roof load is for a habitable Green Roof which carries a larger load than a conventional roof system. The switch in roof design will lead to different loading calculations which will lead to fewer columns and footing needing to be reinforced in order to support the Green Roof.

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