CS/EE/ME 75, 2010-11 - Project Organization
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This page describes the organization of the Solar Decathlon Team, as reflected through CS/EE/ME 75. This page is in draft form, pending discussion with the IPT.
Project Mission Statement
The mission of the SCI-Arc/Caltech team is to design and build a stylish, affordable net-zero home well suited to the Los Angeles urban area. The project will highlight the innovative work of the two unique institutions by implementing new design solutions to the affordable, sustainable housing market. As an integral part of the design/build process, the SCI-Arc/Caltech team will engage the city of Los Angeles in a series of public outreach programs to locally educate the community about the merits of sustainable design. This spirit of extending the merits of sustainable design into the general public and city are integrated into the team's fundamental marketing strategy—informing a design that can be populated across L.A. into a number of strategic locations, thus addressing densification through infill and multi-unit development.
Engineering Team Principles
- Design to win: conceive, design, implement and operate the house in a way that scores the maximum allowable points for engineering subsystems on a 95th percentile day and ensures that our design will be the winning house.
- Captivate the imagination: Demonstrate that it is possible to build an affordable and sustainable house that Americans will buy and investigate and publicize new technologies and technology opportunities that can lead to even better designs in the future
- Take pride in our work: Carry out and present our design activities in a manner that reflects the excellence and uniqueness of Caltech and SCI-Arc. We should be proud of the work we have done.
- Motivate the next generation: Get the next generation of Caltech students excited about participating in Solar Decathalon 2013 and leave behind artifacts and knowledge that will help them win in an increasingly sophisticated competition.
Engineering Team Structure
Integrated Product Team (IPT)
Engineering Coach: TBD (staff; 10 hrs/wk)
Team and subsystem descriptions
The work in the project is broken up into a number of subsystems, each the responsibility of a one of the three design teams. The descriptions below, broken up by team, give a brief summary of the functions required of each subsystem.
Integrated Product Team
In addition to the design teams listed above, a number of others teams will be established to carry out other activities that are required for success of the project but not part of the engineering design of the house itself. Students serving on these teams and taking CS/EE/ME 75 for credit must be a member of a design team (above) and be taking the course for at least 6 units of credit (to allow time to participate on more than one team).
Caltech led teams
- Systems administration: the system administration team will be responsible for maintaining project computing resources, including mailing lists, wikis and shared project documents. We need 1-3 students for the system administration team.
- Facilities: the facilities team will be responsible for any Caltech facilities that are used by the team, including maintaining the lab in Steele, coordinating with the Caltech administration for houses or other facilities that we install equipment in, and maintaining any Caltech vehicles or equipment that is used as part of the course. We need 2-3 students for the facilities team.
SCI-Arc led teams
- Interior design: the interior design teams are responsible for the interior of the house. 1-2 Caltech students are needed to serve as liasons to the interior design teams, including making sure that design decisions from the engineering teams are compatible with design decisions from the architecture teams.
- Exterior design: the exterior design teams are responsible for the exterior of the house (including outer shell). 1-2 Caltech students are needed to serve as liasons to the exterior design teams, including making sure that design decisions from the engineering teams are compatible with design decisions from the architecture teams.
- Documentation: the documentation team is responsible for putting all of the design information into the format required for submission to the Solar Decathlon competition. 1-2 Caltech students are need to help insure that subsystem documentation is done in a manner that is compatible with the needs of the documentation team.
- Communications: the communications team is responsible for outreach to the public, including the web site, planning events and other activities. Caltech participation in these teams is highly encouraged and is a great way to find out more about how to communicate technical ideas to the general public.