This week, you will begin work on your Final Project for this module. Your Final Project for this module will be completed in three stages and submitted in Weeks 4, 6, and 8. This week, you will complete the first stage of your Final Project—the Project Proposal. The purpose of the Final Project is to apply the concepts and techniques of the module to the development of the following: Each of these will form a separate section of the Final Project. Your task for Week 4 is to prepare a Project Proposal that covers the following: The purpose of this week’s submission is a proposal and not the solutions to the problems given in the case study. The case study on which the project is based is as follows: The Research and Development unit of the Property Development Department of the Government (PDDG) is working on a program called the Seismic Zone Residential Construction Improvement Program. PDDG is working to assess the effectiveness of the boxes of a particular dimension used in the foundation of buildings. PDDG has furnished the following specifications for the each box: The boxes should be delivered and assembled at the client’s site. Your company, Flexible Models (FM), develops to-the-scale industrial models. Your principal clients are industrial construction companies and your projects include building manufacturing plants, refinery process plants, and public usage buildings, such as halls and shopping malls. FM also has clients in the residential construction business but deals in building complexes having more than 17,000 square meters of actual usable area. The model development skills of FM are well-known across industries. The key departments in FM are as follows: The marketing chief, Caroline Smith, wants to keep the budget under control. Caroline is quite comfortable with quick information and does not like details. She prefers one-on-one meetings or telephone calls for quick updates. FM primarily uses e-mail as the means of communication. The company also uses a Web-based project tracking system to gather information. The editorial team of a local journal, , is interested in your project. Joseph Bukhmann, the chief editor, has full faith in FM’s expertise. He wants to know more about the project to report it in the journal. Paul Lee, the technical lead at the Research and Development unit of PDDG wants a once-a-week update about the progress of the technical design. The Seismic Zone Residential Construction Improvement Program Manager at PDDG would like to speak with you about the project progress on a biweekly basis. However, he needs a short presentation on the project status update two days before the biweekly call. You are accountable for the project costs, and hence, you are keen on developing realistic cost estimates and a realistic project budget. You have already estimated the effort, which is given in the table below: ‘Product detail analysis’ can start with ‘Interview client stakeholders’. However, the final draft can be refined only after both tasks are completed. The task ‘Details with operation designs’ starts with a 50% overlap with ‘High level design’. The tasks ‘Sub-assembly 1’, ‘Sub-assembly 2’, and ‘Sub-assembly 3’ all start after the task ‘Set up’ is completed. ‘Assembly integration’ starts only after all sub-assemblies are completed. Pre-delivery can start after set up, while shipment starts only after assembly integration. The last activity is implementation. The ‘Cutting and parts development’ task requires skilled labour and is the most crucial task from a quality perspective. A minor mistake can cause a lot of waste and escalation in the cost of the product. There are only two skilled people in the company who can undertake this task and they are always extremely busy. The probability that they will not be available for this work in the schedule mentioned above is 0.7. This has impact on the schedule as the schedule gets pushed by 6 days for every day of delay in this task. Traditionally, there has been a 0.3 probability of components getting damaged during shipment and the costs should incorporate 30% of additional budgeting for these incidences. In addition, factors such as a change in client requirements after the cutting stage, a delay in the arrival of raw materials needed for each task or process, and the time wasted during incorrect set-up should be considered when you draw the risk log and the risk management plan for the project. Resource rates are as follows: Material rate: Labour rate: For completing the project plan, additional information can be found at the following Web sites: Example of project plan in Microsoft Project: Using OpenProj: Getting started with OpenProj (2008) Available from: http://openproj.org/wiki/index.php/Getting_Started_with_OpenProj (Accessed: 15 September 2009) Additional documentation can be accessed by clicking within OpenProj and by pressing , which will give you Note also, as an open source software package, documentation and support will be limited. Examples of a project plan in OpenProj Gantt chart (2008) Available from: http://openproj.org/wiki/index.php/Gantt_Chart (Accessed: 15 September 2009) Use the Turnitin link below to submit your assignment.