Module: ENG2087 Project Management, Semester 1
Assignment for: Mr John Doherty
DUE: 2nd December 2014, 4pm. Electronic submission via SurreyLearn.
The assignment should be completed individually, not as a group activity.
All text, tables, charts and figures should be prepared using word-processing and
spreadsheet software (Word, Excel or equivalent). The format of tables, charts etc.
must follow the format provided in the worked examples and lectures (available via
SurreyLearn). Direct output from project planning software (e.g. MS Project) will not
adhere to this prescribed format, so would be penalised if used directly.
The completed assignment should be ‘standalone’. It should include all appropriate
information, including details of any assumptions made, in order to justify results and
your particular planning decisions. Do not assume the reader has access to the
information provided in this assignment definition.
It is expected the assignment can be completed within 10 pages, though this depends
upon the space used for charts/figures, so is not a hard limit. A formal report
structure is not required. Provide information according to the structure defined in
parts 1-3 below. Be concise and demonstrate professional presentation standards
Concept Components Ltd (CCL) is a specialist in the design and manufacture of bespoke
components using 3D printing techniques. CCL recently received an enquiry from a local
aerospace/automotive manufacturing company, Actuation Systems Ltd (ASL), regarding the
requirement for manufacture and testing of a prototype actuator mechanism. The Business
Development Manager (BDM) and a Principal Engineer (PE) from CCL have met with the
ASL New Products Director (NPD), to discuss the requirements for the work. Previous ASL
design work has already established the outline design of the actuator mechanism and
suggests a 5-10% weight saving can be achieved, compared to the existing mechanism.
ASL would supply existing information for the outline design of the mechanism, which would
need to be redefined to allow manufacture and demonstration of a physical prototype. ASL
will also supply details of the range of operating conditions and loads, to enable the
prototype to be fully tested.
You work for CCL and have been appointed by the BDM as project manager for the
proposed work. You need to plan the work, balancing cost, duration and risk. This will enable
your BDM to subsequently submit a proposal for the work back to ASL.
Two CCL Engineers (E1, E2) are available to work on the project, alongside the Principal
Engineer (PE). The PE has proposed the following stages of work:
· At project start, PE holds 1-day meeting with E1, E2 and ASL staff, to finalise the
· Generate detailed CAD designs, suitable for manufacture, for 3 separate parts (Design 1
requires 6 work-days, Design 2 requires 7 work-days, Design 3 requires 3 work-days).
· PE holds 1-day meeting with E1 and E2 to Review all designs, ahead of proceeding to
· The process for manufacture of each part, using a 3D printing machine, involves
machine preparation followed by production. Machine preparation for part 1 (Prep 1)
requires 2 work-days, Prep 2 requires 2 work-days, Prep 3 requires 1 work-day.
· Physical production of part 1 (Make 1) requires 8 work-days, Make 2 requires 6 workdays,
Make 3 requires 4 work-day.
· Assembly of the mechanism involves integration of all 3 manufactured components by
one Engineer (1 work-day).
· A Test Setup task prepares suitable load tests. This task requires the PE and one
Engineer for 3 days duration.
· The Testing task requires both Engineers for 3 days duration.
· Reporting and analysis of test results, requires PE and both Engineers for 2 days
· The project will be completed through a 1-day Demonstration of the prototype to ASL,
at the CCL manufacturing lab. This will also include delivery of the test report. The PE
and both Engineers will need to attend.
Principal Engineer standard rate is £80/hour.
Engineer standard rate is £50/hour.
A standard work-day is 8 work-hours.
Start date is unknown, hence base project durations on number of standard working days.
Following design review, the project will have sole use of a CCL manufacturing and testing lab, for which there is a fixed occupancy cost of £200/day, or part day. The lab has two 3D
printing machines. Each machine must be monitored fulltime by an engineer during
production use. Each machine can be run for up to 8 hours per day. There is a fixed cost of
£80 for raw materials associated with each day, or part day, of production use for each
1) Describe how the proposed work, outlined in the above scenario, fulfils the definition of a
project. Also highlight how the different stages of work could be grouped into standard
project lifecycle phases. (Up to 300 words). [15% of marks]
2) Project Planning [65% of marks].
a) Create a codified WBS and an associated WBS Activity List for the project. Explain
why you chose the particular WBS structure. (Note: the short activity titles, identified
in the project scenario by bold text, should be used throughout).
b) Generate an appropriate Resource Sheet.
c) Assign resources to the activities and present via a Responsibilities Table. Explain
your choice of resources.
d) Generate a precedence table for the project, together with a simple network diagram,
showing dependencies between the activities.
e) Generate an Activity Schedule Worksheet for the project and indicate the overall
f) Generate a Gantt Chart, which clearly shows the order and timing of project
activities, together with utilisation of staff.
g) Produce a Project Cost Table, which clearly indicates how the total costs have been
derived. Briefly discuss the breakdown of the estimated costs.
h) Present up to 5 key specific risks associated with the project, the potential impact of
each and any proposed mitigation plans.
3) Prepare a concise summary of the proposed project, using the Project Brief format,
based upon the information provided and the findings of your planning. Include your
estimated project duration and cost. (Up to 2 pages) [20% of marks]