The Glasgow Science Centre Tower Project Case Study

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The Glasgow Science Centre project was conceived as a way of promoting Glasgow as a major high-tech center, as well as a means of revitalizing the River Clyde dock area of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. The Science Centre consists of three main exhibits: the IMAX Theatre, the Science Mall, and the Glasgow Tower. The stunning design of the Glasgow Science Centre Tower was envisioned as a one of a kind structure capable of revolving 360° from the ground up and was expected to become a famous landmark. The unique design of the Glasgow Tower was envisioned to feature a viewing cabin on top of a reed slim tower 330 feet above the River Clyde. The distinctive design presented an array of engineering, technical, and safety challenges to
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Well defined objectives and goals helped in defining quality for this project.
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The complexity of the Glasgow tower presented many design challenges. The tall slender building would be subject to buffeting and turbulence caused by the wind which would likely cause an unpleasant experience for its visitors. Even though proper studies were conducted to ensure that the design would work, they came after the design contract was already awarded. This is also when the funding was awarded for the project. Unfortunately, the testing that followed to ensure the design would actually work showed that the final costs of the project would far exceed the budget. The proof of concept and testing that followed caused a significant dent in the budget and all of this was before the construction had actually started.
As a result of poor planning and the need to resolve tradeoffs among objectives and constraints due to apparent scope and cost issues, development work did not begin until two years after the project was awarded. Furthermore, even though technical risks were addressed to the fullest extent, the schedule risks were not addressed at all.
Teamwork also suffered in the development phase, many different companies were involved with the construction simultaneously. More important, the original London based architects withdrew