Date of Award

3-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

Vhance V. Valencia, PhD.

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to ascertain the type of facility design, standard, robust, or flexible, that yields the greatest lower lifecycle costs (LCC) savings to the USAF. To this aim, the researcher constructed a Monte Carlo simulation to determine the LCC for flexible, robust, and standard administrative facility designs for thousands of potential facility lifecycles. The simulation also illustrates the circumstances under which each type of design would result in the lowest LCC. The results of this research will show the USAF the importance of focusing on LCC and designing flexible facilities. Standard and robust designs are the staples of the current practice. This research found implementing flexible facility design into practice is advantageous to the United States Air Force (USAF) for two key reasons: (1) Flexible designs allows USAF facilities to easily adapt to changes in user demands and, (2) when compared to both standard and robust designs, flexible designs have LCC.

AFIT Designator

AFIT-ENV-MS-16-M-147

DTIC Accession Number

Pending

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