CSC 199 Assignment: Cost Estimation for Unprecedented Projects


You will be assigned one of the following projects. Your job is to make a defensible estimate of the total cost and construction time required to complete the project. Some of the projects are of an unprecendented scale, but all are feasible using current technology. In choosing between construction options, look to minimize the cost without of course sacrificing safety or effective functionality. Write a report describing how you arrived at your estimate, what the uncertainties are, and what sources of information you used. One important starting point is the cost of smaller-scale projects of the same sort. You will need to document or closely argue the scaling laws however, since they are generally very non-linear. On this project you are to work independently.
Next class you will present and defend your estimates to the class (3 minutes max). Also hand in your written report.

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