Analysis 1: Design of Shoring System
Dewatering on the project was a particular challenge, which was not helped by the pile and lagging support of excavation system. The project needs soil that is dry enough to both achieve bearing capacity for the mud mat and install the waterproofing membrane. This analysis will look at a different shoring system and how that affects the dewatering efforts as well as how it provides value to the project.

Analysis 2: Industry Research: Intrinsic Motivations
From the PACE roundtable, this critical industry research will revolve around defining elements that motivate people to do work, both external and intrinsic measures. Motivation is a major driver toward production rates and how a person performs on their job. Through this research, the hope is to gain a better understanding of those motivators and how to tap into the motivations of successful projects or people and translate that to and entire project.

Analysis 3: Tower Crane Optimization
There will be a point in the project where the tower crane will exceed its peak usage. To investigate this challenge, this analysis will assess the sequencing of the project and how the tower crane and other equipment can best be used on the project for the best value.

Analysis 4: Resource Leveling for Cash Flow
Another challenge on this project involves cash flow. With the project spanning several years, there is only a certain amount of funding given to the project each fiscal year. This analysis will look at the mechanical trade and how its interior work can flatten the manpower curve and help with the distribution of funds on the project.

Analysis 1: Structural Breadth
The first analysis focused on a study of alternative support of excavation systems. A matrix will analyze the three systems with cost and schedule. To better understand the cost of the alternative system, there will be a structural analysis of both the sheet piles and the slurry wall. One bay of the support of excavation will be the main focus of design and analysis across all systems and extrapolated around the entire support of excavation. A study of the soil will help with the design of the retaining structures. This high level design will aid in the most accurate cost breakdown for the purposes of this analysis. Designing these systems are primarily intended to make a well informed decision on the best support of excavation system in an area with a high water table.


  • -calculations for the design of the support of excavation systems
  • -results of soil study

Analysis 3: Envelope Breadth
The third analysis relates to manipulating the schedule for the optimization of the tower crane. One challenge on the project is the current design of the precast panels are too heavy on the north side for the tower crane to pick. This architectural breadth will look into the how to break the panels into smaller segments for the crane to lift. With the current configuration requiring another crane on site to erect some of the precast panels, this breadth will analyze how smaller panels will affect the cost and schedule of the north façade.


  • -know the maximum loads of the crane
  • -study of the current panel system
  • -study of how daylighting is affected in the space by reconfiguring these panels
  • -study how this affects the cost/schedule of the tower crane production

MAE Requirements
The Integrated Master's Program will be of great use throughout this thesis. Knowledge from specific classes like AE 570: Production Management and AE 572: Project Delivery Methods will be woven into the seams of this project. In Production Management, several tools such as SIPS and lean methods will be applied not only to the analyses, but this mentality will be instrumental in the research and preparation of the thesis. Project Delivery Methods could be applicable to the industry research part of this thesis to investigate if there is a correlation between delivery methods and motivation on a project.


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‐in progress 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 Kathryn Gonzales. 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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