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Master of Science in Engineering Management


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Ellen C. England, PhD


The purpose of this research was to improve the effectiveness of facility design and construction for expeditionary installations in the Middle East. Specifically, this thesis sought to answer three research questions addressing current military construction policies as well as historical design of desert dwelling cultures, a comparison of current construction assemblies with indigenous design, and synthesis of indigenous design techniques with modern materials, techniques, and requirements. The research questions were answered through a comprehensive literature review, rudimentary quantitative analysis, and architectural design. The research indicated the feasibility of incorporating indigenous design into facility construction on expeditionary installations to improve building performance and force protection. The culmination of this effort was the development of a schematic design to illustrate how indigenous design principles could be employed to provide a typical administrative facility in answer to real world programmatic requirements.

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