Shivam Patel
Construction Option
Commerical High Rise
Major City, USA

Senior Thesis Proposal

This Thesis Proposal will provided an overview of the four analyses that will be conducted during the Spring 2014 semester. Below are descriptions of the depth and breath analyses that will be conducted

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Analysis 1: Guided Formwork to Self-Clmbing Formwork

The concrete core is currently the main focus of the project as it is the first activity for each floor and because of this it needs to stay ahead of the other activities. A guided formwork system is currently being used to cast the system. While this system is quick and efficient, there are always safety concerns and crane-time is needed to lift the form. With a schedule timeline of four days per floor, staying on track and completing the work on time is a critical portion of the project. This analysis will look into how changing the formwork into a pneumatic system can impact the schedule and costs for the project.

Analysis 2: Implementation of Photovoltaic Curtain Wall

The buildings enclosure consists of high vision glass with low iron IGU with Low E coating and a mullion module of linen finish stainless steel spandrel panels. With the building being a core and shell project, tenants will choose the layout of the floor they decide to rent. Changing the current system to a Photovoltaic system can be used a source of renewable energy for the building and can also serve as a backup system if needed. This adds value to the tenants that wish to rent space in the building and also adds value for the owner.

Analysis 3: Implementation of Short Interval Production Schedule (SIPS)

Being a core and shell office building the schedule activities are very repetitive. With the current schedule there is a greater need for coordination and planning to ensure that the schedule remains on pace. Although the entire schedule is considered critical, the most important activity is the casting of the concrete core. The core is the first activity to be completed for each floor, which makes the entire schedule dependent on this activity. Without the core in place, steel framing, superstructure, SOFP, and enclosure cannot begin. The goal of this analysis is to increase the coordination on the project by designating work areas and providing a better detailed schedule of work.

Analysis 4: Material Tracking Technologies

The project has various different materials that will be fabricated and delivered to the site. The deliveries can be very complicated due to the location of the project and the site is very condensed. Many of the materials have long lead times, are manufactured off-site, and require careful planning for deliveries. With the use of such specialized building materials it is critical that extreme planning and consideration goes into tracking materials. Due to the surrounding streets, traffic is a major concern when deliveries are being brought into the site. The goal of implementing a specific tracking technology known as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on materials will be to track these items easily and have the project team be prepared for onsite deliveries.

Breadth Topics

Structural Breadth (Analysis 1)

An analysis of changing some of the curtain wall panels to a module with photovoltaic will be analyzed. The two different modules will be compared and a structural analysis will be conducted. Specifically the difference in loads on the structural steel. Sizing of the system will be conducted if shown to be necessary.

Electrical Breadth (Analysis 2)
Adding photovoltaic curtain wall panels will add a new system that will need to be designed and placed with the current systems for the building. Load requirements will be calculated and the system sized accordingly. Calculations will include sizing of equipment, wire, conduit, etc for the new system. New material and specific equipment will also be selected.




Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐inprogress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Shivam Patel. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

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