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Title: Indigenous construction materials for theater facilities
Authors: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Al-Chaar, Ghassan K.
Whalley, Lucy A.
Beckstrom, Jonathan T.
Anderson, H. Garth.
Affleck, Rosa T.
Carr, Meredith L.
Macpherson, Jennifer S.
Keywords: Indigenity Index
Forward operating bases (FOBs)
Construction materials
Decision-support tools
Life-cycle costs
Military operations
South Sudan
Army Study Program
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC TR ; 13-13.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Wood-frame construction is the principal construction method for US Army Forward Operating Bases (FOBs). Typical FOBs are located where there is no ready access to commercial-grade construction materials. Because materials must be transported to FOBs by cargo aircraft and convoy, construction is expensive and often hazardous. The authors investigated ways to minimize FOB construction logistical burdens through increased usage of indigenous construction materials (ICMs). The objective was to develop a tool capable of using quantitative data to help decision makers determine the practicality of using ICMs to build FOB facilities during contingency operations, humanitarian assistance, or reconstruction efforts. This report documents a decision-support tool called the Indigenity Index, which was developed to provide a standardized procedure and criteria for selecting the most feasible solutions for housing personnel in FOBs. Indigenity ranking metrics address constructed quality, mission-sustainment capability, life-cycle cost-effectiveness, and others. The tool is driven by data specified to provide information about key criteria and an algorithm for processing those data. The result is an overall Indigenity Index value that indicates the relative indigenity of competing construction approaches. The report includes an experimental application of the Indigenity Index algorithm to a hypothetical case study using data relevant to South Sudan.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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