There is a need in the energy services industry for companies to accurately estimate and verify energy savings. This starts with the accurate development of a utility baseline. Systems Engineering principles can be used to determine the optimal method to use for developing a utility baseline. Several Systems Engineering tools were used in this thesis, including a stakeholder analysis, needs and requirements files, requirements traceability, functional flow block diagrams, a work breakdown structure, trade studies, and verification and validation of requirements. These tools helped to identify three main components of the process for further analysis. The trade study was then used to determine the best way to address these components of the process, and resulted in innovative methods that had not previously been considered. The recommendations in this work will benefit both the energy services company and their customers.
|Commitee:||Hsu, John, Schliesing, John S.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Engineering, Mechanical engineering, Systems science|
|Keywords:||Energy services, Performance contracting, Systems engineering, Trade study|
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