Penn StateJeffrey Duclos
Construction Option

This is a student-generated Capstone Project e-Portfolio (CPEP) produced in conjunction with the AE Senior Thesis e-Studio.

University Park,

Site Pages

- Homepage

- Student Bio

- Buiding Statistics

- Thesis Abstract

- Technical Reports

- Thesis Proposal

- Presentation

- Final Report

- Thesis Reflection

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04.27.16 - Thesis Research Page Changed to Thesis Reflection Page

04.27.16 - Student Bio Page Updated

04.21.16 - Executive Summary Added

04.21.16 - Final Thesis Report Updated

04.21.16 - Final Report Page Updated

04.13.16 - Thesis Presentation Added

04.08.16 - Final Thesis Report Added

03.31.16 - Presentation Outline Added

01.18.16 - Updated Proposal Document Added

01.18.16 - Thesis Proposal Page Updated

12.14.15 - Proposal Document Added

12.14.15 - Thesis Proposal Page Updated

12.14.15 - Technical Report III Added

12.14.15 - Technical Report II Added

11.13.15 - Technical Report I Added

10.26.15 - Building Statistics Page Updated

10.22.15 - Abstract Document Added

10.05.15 - Building Statistics Page Updated

09.11.15 - Student Bio Page Added

09.11.15 - Building Statistics Page Added

09.11.15 - Thesis Abstract Page Added

09.11.15 - Technical Reports Page Added

09.11.15 - Thesis Research Page Added (Now Removed)

09.11.15 - Thesis Proposal Page Added

09.11.15 - Presentation Page Added

09.11.15 - Final Report Page Added

09.08.15 - Website Created

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Final Thesis Report

The purpose of this report is to present and discuss four different analyses based on various aspects of pre-construction planning. These aspects include Schedule Development, Identification of Prefabrication Opportunities, Building Information Modeling (BIM) Execution and Planning, and Subcontractor Procurement. The first analysis involves developing two resequenced schedules – one focusing on erecting the new stairwells before demolishing the existing stairs and the other focusing on accelerating the construction of the elevator – and comparing them with the original schedule. The second analysis investigates the possibility of prefabricating the façade on the south side of the central wing instead of using limestone courses. This analysis also contains the structural breadth (checking the strength of the façade connections) and the mechanical breadth (checking the thermal and moisture protection performance of the façade) for this thesis paper. The third analysis evaluates the project team’s current usage of BIM, specifically their usage
of 3D Coordination. This analysis fulfills the requirement for the Integrated Program of including information from a masters-level course in an analysis, as this topic is based off of the course AE 597G: Building Information Modeling Execution Planning. Finally, in addition to these three analyses the report includes an Industry Research Topic that looks at forming a Best-Value procurement criteria list for Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant to use when selecting subcontractors. The full report, as well as just the executive summary, can found in the links below.


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User 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 Jeffrey Duclos. 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.

This Website was last updated on April 27, 2016 , by Jeffrey Duclos and is hosted by the Architectural Engineering Department