Prepare a Project Plan for the new Tesla Gigafactory in Texas.
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Title: Team Project Presentation: Preparing a Project Plan for the new Tesla Gigafactory in Texas.
This assignment is a case study based, that will help students to investigate a specific project so it will promote discussion through the group presentation.
Tesla Inc is an American electric car and clean energy company based in California, USA. Tesla’s future project is to build another Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. (Please note, assumption will be made about the new upcoming Gigafactory in this case study, but only for the purpose of this assignment).
The new Gigafactory project will start in January 1, 2023 and will be completed in time for the start of the 2025 season (project duration of 2 years). If the project is delayed past the completion date, the company will start to occur a cost of $1,000,000 per day, against the initial budget set aside for the project. Elon Musk, the CEO of the company revealed the cost of the project could be as much as $1 Billion.
Phase one (infrastructure) of the project will start by sourcing the appropriate site to construct the new Gigafactory. An activity known as site selection; this will last for 30 days. Once the land is sourced in Austin, Texas after careful consideration, work will begin for land preparation which will take around 35 days to complete. The design and planning for the facilities, will start simultaneously. The design activity will last for 35 days and planning will take 55 days to complete. Next will come the built phase, the actual construction of the building. One of the longest activities of the project, lasting about 150 days. To complete the construction and to the make the building watertight, a roof must be constructed, which will add another 60 days to the project. Only once it becomes watertight, the plumbing and the
electrics will be allowed to be installed simultaneously. Plumbing will take around 30 days
and electrics a little longer 40 days. Finally, to complete the first stage of the project a final inspection of work will be carried out, this can take up to 10 days to inspect.
Phase two (internal assembly and support systems) the construction and integration of the internal manufacturing assembly system. An assembly system is a robotic manufacturing process in which parts are added as the product (vehicle) moves from work area to work area, where the parts are added in sequence until the final product is produced. The integration of all the systems represents the most significant technical challenge to the project. In order of production, the first area to be fitted out will be the battery and drivetrain assembly area, a 70-day activity. Followed by seat assembly area 50 days and final vehicle assembly area 80 days. To finalise the production stage, a paint and ventilation area will be completed in 90 days. Eventually, to support the production a central supply building needs to be constructed (100 Days) and finally, a test track outside the building (80 days) to test out the final product before it leaves the Gigafactory.
Given the information provided answer the following questions:
Group Presentation: (25%) Tasks
Your group represents the project team in Tesla Inc. Each person in your group should take a role. This role will be for the duration of the group presentation. As you work through these tasks think about the steps you are taking and ensure you are able to justify the decisions you have made. Also, if you make assumptions, that’s fine, just note them.
- Define the project goals and the success of the
- Provide the Work breakdown structure (WBS).
- Identify the key stakeholders in the project, structure of project management, prime and sub-contracting. Use the material that you have reviewed in this module to identify team members with positions and skills needed to carry out the project work. Assume that necessary staff are already employees of your firm and are available for work on this Brief description of project role and duties should be provided.
- Implement a risk assessment to the project. Identify the possible risks and decide on a response type and develop a contingency plan for the identified. (PESTLE: Political, Environmental, Social, Technological, Legal and Ethical).