A Methodology for Modeling Construction Requirements for a Manned Lunar Base

by Walter Boles, Univ of Texas at Austin, United States,
David Ashley, Univ of Texas at Austin, United States,

Abstract: Before accurate modeling and planning of a manned lunar base can be accomplished, a methodology representing the construction-and-assembly process of lunar surface facilities must be developed. This paper presents the status of the authors' efforts in the development of a methodology for parametrically representing the construction-and-assembly process for various lunar surface facilities. The methodology will be incorporated into a 'Lunar Base Model' being developed by the Large Scale Programs Institute, an affiliate of The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas and used as a program planning tool for NASA's Advanced Programs Office and Office of Exploration. Various construction-and-assembly tasks and items which influence the duration, manpower, and equipment requirements of the tasks are identified. Decision analysis techniques are proposed as a methodology for analyzing alternatives and identifying critical variables which will require further investigation and refinement.

Subject Headings: Space construction | Construction equipment | Model accuracy | Terrain models | Parameters (statistics) | Decision support systems

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