26079 Construction Management
As indicated in the background statement, the requirements for this assignment depends on either your physical access to an actual project in the design stage or under construction, or those without such access and reliant on published research and/or manufacturers recommendations. Each will require a differing base requirement, but both will concentrate on ONE service only.
In this unit you will quickly grasp the concept that we classify building services into groupings and subcategorise those groupings into specialities. An example tabulated listing follows. Please note that it is for demonstration purposes and is in no way exhaustive. Nevertheless, it will provide a starting point as you commence this assignment and select your report topic. With justification, you can study a topic outside these classifications but be sure to gain approval before you delve too deeply into your assignment.
Now, looking at the two access scenarios in a little more detail:
1. Those with access to an actual project
The initial decision will be the selection of the service to be studied. Make sure you have approval from those managing the project to undertake the study. It will necessitate access to specification(s), plans, scheduling details (lead times for ordering and sequence on site), on-site photos (if installed and potentially during installation) and if possible, commentary from the Service Engineer and the Site Manager and installation team members.
As an example, if you were to select the electrical main switchboard on your project for your study, it would be expected that the specification would be detailed (including the manufacturer); the location on site would be discussed (including the physical area in m2 of the room in which it was located); how long the lead-time for manufacture and delivery and any particular idiosyncrasies regarding delivery and placement (such as specialist craning etc); photographic and diagrammatic references included as appropriate.
Commentary from personnel involved will be expected. In so doing, aspects of the installation that might be deemed acceptable (or possibly unacceptable) would be stated and recommendations for future installations established. In this regard, whilst the present design and arrangements might suffice, it may be recommended that greater space be provided in the room; or better egress provided; or differing arrangement of cable delivery into or out of the room etc. etc. be established in your report.
2. Those using reference to research and/or manufacturers’ literature and recommendations You will start by undertaking a broad investigation into new or revised services systems that are under investigation or newly introduced into building and construction. If we look at (say) electrical services as an example, it might be that you would be interested in alternative ways to provide base-load power to a project. We presently rely on coal fire power in NSW which is distributed from source of generation in The Hunter Valley, via high voltage cabling and transformed to lower voltage for our buildings and facilities.
You may be inclined to look at the alternatives such as the various generating systems that are property or estate based. Cogeneration and trigeneration plants come to mind and it would be appropriate for a Page 3 of 4 study on the offerings available at present and the future technologies that are being investigated and trialled. It would be expected that the specifics of the system would be detailed (including the manufacturer); how it would be located (or co-located) on site (including the physical area in m2 of the location); how long the lead-time for manufacture and delivery and any particular idiosyncrasies regarding delivery and placement (such as specialist craning etc). Your photographic and diagrammatic references would come from the literature or the manufacturer including appropriate referencing. Commentary would hopefully include recommendations as to the benefits of the system and this would include immediate and the longerterm (life-cycle) benefits.
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