Date of Award
Master of Science in Engineering Management
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Steven J. Schuldt, PhD
In order to make the most cost-effective choice when purchasing high-value assets, organizations must be able to quantify and compare the costs associated with acquiring, maintaining and disposing the alternatives. Currently, the United States Air Force (USAF) Civil Engineer (CE) enterprise has no standardized model to accurately and efficiently predict the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the acquisition of new assets. As such, acquisition efforts throughout the enterprise are disjointed and performed without leveraging the considerable buying power wielded by an organization as large as the USAF. This research developed a TCO model using a standard, dollar-based approach that combined linear additive and regression modeling techniques. The model was derived from existing operations and maintenance and contract spending data associated with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The TCO model provides USAF acquisition, contracting, and civil engineering professionals a tool with which to project life-cycle costs, negotiate prices, and justify spending decisions. Furthermore, the model provides a proof of concept to the CE enterprise that will allow for the expansion of TCO modeling to other categories of spending.
DTIC Accession Number
Berner, William C., "Estimating Total Cost of Ownership for United States Air Force Chiller Assets" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 2324.