Solar Decathlon Project Plan Draft

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					                                                            Group May0914

Project Plan
 Date:      October 9, 2008
 To:        Dr. Gregory Smith
 From:     Group May0914
 Subject: Project Plan for Solar Decathlon


 The project plan memo presents group May0914 project plan. It includes
 referenced justification for the project, an overview of the project operations, the
 project requirements, and the overall project direction. In addition, the project plan
 seeks authorization and confirmation to proceed with the development and
 construction of the Solar Decathlon.

Project Description

We will need to provide consulting to the client about automation systems and
compatibility of appliances to be integrated with the BACnet system. An in depth
analysis of various subsystems will need to be accomplished. The analysis consists
of a layout of circuitry and an integration of loads that will model rooms of the house.

System User Interface

The user interface for the house is going to be limited by the program that we will
use for the analysis. The supplier of that BACnet system will be a critical source to
help with design of the interface.
System Operating Environment

For the analysis of the house we will be looking into using programs such as
Cadence, Spice or PSSE. These should allow us to show power used by devices
and by lines. This would help us make a more efficient system and house.

Project Deliverables

We will provide models to show how the solar decathlon house will perform with the
chosen appliances.     The models need to be adaptable so that the client can
research other options as new information becomes available. The models will be
integrated into a user interface that operates under BACnet.

Work Breakdown

The work will be broken up into parts where we will start with consulting on the user
interface for the house. Then we will work for a week on separated parts of the
house energy usage. This will help other engineers and architects choose the right
designs and parts to make a very efficient house.

Resource Requirements
We will need computers to design and run the simulations as well as one of the
previously mentioned software systems.
                                                                                                                                       Solar Decathlon
                                                  27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9   8   7   6
                                                                                                                        Consult Tim on BACnet requirements
                                                                                                                        Development BACnet design concept
                                                                                                                        Submit BACnet design to Quality Attributes
                                                                                                                        Review Quality Attributes tie in
                                                                                                                        Review Quality Attributes user interface
                                                                                                                        Submit BACnet design to Quality Automation
                                                                                                                        Review Quality Automation tie in
                                                                                                                        Review Quality Automation user interface
                                                                                                                                                                     Project Schedule

                                                                                                                        Final decision on BACnet supplier
                                                                                                                        Research Kitchen loads
                                                                                                                        Design kitchen layout
                                                                                                                        Choose kitchen loads
                                                                                                                        Develop kitchen load diagram
                                                                                                                        Research entertainment loads
                                                                                                                        Design entertainment layout
                                                                                                                        Choose entertainment loads
                                                                                                                        Develop entertainment load diagram
                                                                                                                        Research lighting loads
                                                                                                                        Design lighting layout
                                                                                                                        Choose lighting loads
                                                                                                                        Develop lighting load diagram
                                                                                                                        Research HVac and MS loads

Red lines represent the inner and outer fences.
                                                                                                                        Design HVac and MS layout
                                                                                                                        Choose HVac and MS loads
                                                                                                                        Develop HVac abd MS layout
                                                                                                                        Research Contols loads
                                                                                                                        Design Controls layout
                                                                                                                        Choose Controls loads
                                                                                                                        Develop Controls layout
                                                                                                                        Research Miscellanous loads
                                                                                                                        Design Miscellanous layout
                                                                                                                        Choose Miscellanous loads
                                                                                                                        Develop Miscellanous layout
                                                                                                                        Create master energy load diagram
    The Solar Decathlon project team divides into lead positions as follows:

           Director of Resource/Communications/Secretary: Louis Landphair

           Director of Research and Design: Jamasen Parham

           Director of Marketing and Project Resources: Michael Anderson

           Director Testing/Data Collection: Jesse Erickson

           Director of Group Organization and Presentation: Shawn Merselis

           Director of Computing/Technical/Solar Decathlon Matthew Bray

    Each member holds responsibility for their lead position and assisting with every
    step of the project until completion. We remain efficient and accurate by strategizing
    and dividing the workload.

    We follow a schedule set out by the Iowa State University Senior Design Committee
    and mentors. The schedule is below:

                   DEADLINE                               PROJECT

                     9.27.08                   DRAFT PROJECT PLAN AND
                                            PROJECT PLAN PRESENTATION
                     10.11.08                  FINAL PROJECT PLAN AND
                                                    PROJECT WEBSITE
                     11.1.08                      PROJECT QUESTIONS

                     11.15.08              PROJECT DESIGN REPORT DRAFT
                                                   AND PRESENTATION
                     11.29.08                    FINAL DESIGN REPORT

                     12.13.08                        DESIGN REVIEW

                     12.15.08                 FINAL PROJECT REPORT AND
                                                    PROJECT WEBSITE
We meet on a weekly basis every Thursday 8:00 am in Durham 114 to discuss
upcoming deadlines and project direction, to prepare for presentations, and to learn
about each other. Announcing and scheduling of additional meetings occurs when

With this information, we seek authorization to proceed with the design of our Solar
Decathlon. We encourage input and suggestions relating to project design and
construction techniques. Please contact the group at or any
of the team members listed below with questions or comments.

Mike Anderson                     Matt Bray                Jesse Erickson      

Shawn Merselis           Louis Landphair           Jamasen Parham