This work is to be carried out individually, both tasks to be completed by all students. Part A and Part B have equal marks allocated.
The subject development relates to the construction of 18 timber framed homes in Manchester, see details in the appendix below and at URL:
Produce a production method statement for the construction of the 18 houses, see below and the appendix for details. The method statement should contain all construction process matters and should have a strong emphasis on health and safety, environmental concerns and innovative production processes. A cost for the houses is not required. The method statement should not be a site health and safety plan and it should not be a site waste management plan, however it may make reference to these two documents.
The method statement should be in written report form; however it may contain sketches, calculations and other techniques for explaining the method of operations. Research should be carried out on best production practices and Harvard referencing should be used to cite all sources. The word count for the method statement should be 3000 plus or minus 200 words.
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A production time schedule (programme) is needed for the development.
a) A production time schedule using Microsoft Project, note that the schedule (programme) will be scrutinized as both a Gantt chart and a network
b) Resources needed to construct the 18 house, resources should be labour, plant, major materials, management but no costs
The production schedule can be completed for individual houses or for blocks of houses. As a guide 50 trade activities per house can be taken as a minimum number of activities.
The plot of land that the houses are to be built on has been cleared and remediated by others, therefore the work will not involve any soil/land movement/work, demolition or ground remediation. Your schedule should include roads and sewers and all mains services will be required.
Concrete strip foundations will support masonry walls up to ground level. There will be a ground bearing concrete ground floor slab. A timber frame built in panels will include the inner skin of the external wall, main internal walls and the roof skeleton. The external skin will be masonry, with either a facing brick or render finish. The roof finish will be interlocking clay tiles on timber battens on sarking felt. Internally all finishes are traditional with wall finishes of water based paint on a plaster skim on plasterboard sheets, fixed to timber framing by drywall screws. Assume that the houses once complete, will be ready for occupation.
The site is a live site and students MUST NOT approach the site or the project
team (designers, clients, contractors) with requests for information or site visits.
2. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All submissions should have a cover sheet identifying the module, the date and the student’s name and roll number. In addition to the in-text citations, all submissions shall have a reference list (and an optional bibliography), listing the sources used in the preparation of the report. [The School has adopted the Harvard system (APA 6th) as standard
The word count for the method statement should be 3000 plus or minus 200 words excluding references, bibliography, cover sheet or appendices (if any).
This assignment MUST be submitted electronically through Turnitin®
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3. ASSESSMENT CRITERIA Method Statement
Technology (25%): The method statement should be well presented and should cover all construction production aspects. It should have Harvard referencing to support the research and any reference to external documents. It should record how all the key tasks will be achieved and reveal the overall site strategy, which will be used in producing the programme (Part B).
Health and Safety (20%): The method statement should have health and safety, environment and innovation throughout to support best construction practice. You may wish to identify site wide processes, rather than include these items with every task method.
Programme and Resource analysis-
Programme (25%): The method statement must support the programme and the programme should be demonstrably formulated as a result of the method statement. The network should show a logical flow of activities with an appropriate critical path. The programme should be well presented with clear descriptions; activities should be of appropriate duration with all logic linked arrows in place
Resource Allocation (20%): All resources should be identified and should be summarized, either on the programme or by separate resource histograms. Every attempt should be made to resolve resource conflict issues, whilst taking care to ensure economy of use. E.g. scaffold use.
Including use of language, clarity of expression, diagrams; structure of response and consistent use of Harvard referencing system
At Undergraduate Level 4, 5 and 6 the following marking scale shall be used:
Outstanding Excellent Very good Good
Adequate Unsatisfactory Poor
Very poor Extremely poor
LEARNING OUTCOMES ADDRESSED
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0% – 9%
Knowledge and Understanding
Transferable/Key Skills and other attributes
On successful completion of the assignment a student will have had the opportunity to: