Date of Award

Fall 1995

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil & Environmental Engineering


Engineering Management

Committee Director

Han Bao

Committee Member

Derya Jacobs

Committee Member

Resit Unal

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.E555 W43


The problem of determining an optimal plant layout involves the distribution of machinery, service areas, and storage spaces. The solution is usually determined for a specific period of time and static in nature. Planning for the plant layout is normally performed at the onset of new construction, or major refurbishment of an existing facility. In addition, plant layouts are renewed when a significant productivity decrease is experienced over long periods of time and linked to material flow problems, and when an expanding company plans for major capital expenditures in equipment and space. Due to the dynamic nature of business the optimal plant layout should change with time based on new product mix, product design changes, changing demand and company policies. Initial requirements for developing a plant layout are to determine the relationships of these elements to the facility. The issue of modeling these relationships as they change over time is considered. The relationship diagrams for systematic layout planning are developed using system dynamic modeling techniques. Model simulations indicate the need for future changes in plant layout as new products, design changes, demand changes and company policies dictate.


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