P17708: Rochester SportNet Improvements

Detailed Design

Table of Contents


  1. Key Questions
  2. Progress Report
  3. Feasibility Analysis
  4. Engineering Analysis
  5. Drawings & Schematics
  6. Design Layout
  7. Budget
  8. Test Plans
  9. Risk Assessment
  10. Plans for Senior Design II
  11. Plans for ImagineRIT

Key Questions

Entering the Phase

During/Exiting the Phase

Progress Report

Detailed Design Progress - Dec 6th

Detailed Design Progress - Dec 6th


  1. We are going to purchase portable stairs instead of stairs connected via track to the platform, the cost-benefit of the portable stairs won out over building stairs ourselves.
  2. We are going to use a chain hoist for the elevator lifting method, especially since the electric wench manufacturer states they should not be used for hoisting items.
  3. Solutions related to the truck are outside the scope of this project and we have recommended that the truck becomes its own senior design project.
  4. We are going to apply to the IEEE standards grant which will allow more flexibility within our budget.
  5. The current plan is to finish all designing during MSDI, but we understand that situations may arise that make that impossible.
  6. Our group will be meeting from 4 to 6pm on Monday and Wednesday, plus any additional meeting we believe is necessary, for MSDII due to conflicting classes for several team members.


  1. When will we know if the grant has been approved or denied?

The Team Progress Report can be accessed here - Team Progress Report

Feasibility Analysis

Crane Elevator

Can a freestanding jib style crane be used to elevate equipment to the mezzanine?
Picture taken from Gorbel.com

Picture taken from Gorbel.com


  1. Prices start at $700 for a pre-fabricated crane (not including the lifting mechanism
  2. Lift distance must be >6ft. (minimum height to top of mezzanine)
  3. Chain hoist will be used as the lifting mechanism
  4. Crane needs to rotate of slide to move payload to mezzanine
  5. Materials need to be within budget
  6. Crane is necessary to move heavy equipment up to mezzanine, per NIOSH lifting requirements

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  1. Mezzanine mounted crane not feasible
  2. I-beam should be utilized in hoist system
  3. Hoist will add about $170 to budget

Engineering Analysis


An detailed analysis for the Mezzanine Design can be found here - Mezzanine Analysis

Tilt N' Store

An updated analysis of some of the key questions for the Tilt N' Store can be found here - Tilt N Store Analysis

The MATLAB code surrounding the Tilt N' Store analysis can be found here - Tilt N Store Analysis - MATLAB

Contingency Plan

A proposed contingency plan for the project can be found here - Contingency Plan

Drawings & Schematics



Tilt N' Store

Tilt N' Store

Design Layout

Current vs. Proposed Layouts (Rev. 3)

Current vs. Proposed Layouts (Rev. 3)

The Facility Layout can be accessed here - Facility Layout


Bill of Materials

Bill of Materials & Budget (Rev. 2)

Bill of Materials & Budget (Rev. 2)

The Bill Of Materials spreadsheet can be accessed here - Bill of Materials


  1. SportsNet Safety Grant
    • Submitted relevant information to Mike, currently waiting to hear what the final decision is.
    • Asked for: $1,600
  2. Brown Family Fountain Grant
    • Submitted application to RIT contact, application has been submitted to Foundation trustees.
    • Asked for: $1,500
  3. IEEE Standards Grants
    • Need to write abstract and get statement of endorsement from faculty member
    • Possibly $500

Test Plans

Engineering Testing

The follow test plans were formed to ensure the final design meets all engineering requirements after all the proposed designs have been implemented.
  1. Cycle Time Analysis
    • We plan on timing the different processes for accessing equipment and comparing the old times with the new. This will allow us to see the percentage of improvement in loading or unloading, as well as accessing the equipment.
  2. Facility Measurements
    • Measurements of the space within the storage facility, including amount of space being utilized and square footage added will allow for a quantitative expression of the improvements made
  3. Customer Survey & Satisfaction
    • Customer and stakeholder satisfaction with the implemented design will be the best indicator of project success.

Ergonomic Testing

  1. Once the platform has been installed, we will use a digital light meter to measure the amount of light under the platform and throughout the garage which is required to be above 5 foot candles. From this read out we will add additional lighting as needed before using the digital light meter to ensure the requirement of 5 foot candles has been met throughout the facility.
  2. Below is a list of OSHA standards which are currently being violated, the plan is to continue to add to the list as the proposed design becomes more detailed. At the end of the project, once all the construction is completed, we will review the list and ensure we have met all related OSHA standards. If they have all been met then both the storage facility and employee safety has been improved.
    • OSHA standard 1926.1053
    • OSHA standard 1910.23
  3. Once the new designs and layouts are finalized we will analyze the new lifting processes and compare the new lifting indices with the previous lifting method lifting indices. This will allows us to quantitatively show how much of an improvement has be made in employee safety.

Risk Assessment

Risk Management (Rev. 4)

Risk Management (Rev. 4)

The Risk Management Spreadsheet can be accessed here - Risk Management

Plans for Senior Design 2

Senior Design II Schedule

Senior Design II Schedule

Team Member Phase 4: What did I actually do? Phase 4: What did I learn? Senior Design II: What do I plan to do?
Brady Hawkes
  • Created Mezzanine Design Presentation.
  • Met with multiple subject matter experts surrounding Mezzanine Design.
  • Researched proper Structural Wood Design.
  • Worked with team to design Mezzanine and verified previously conducted analysis.
  • Worked with team to update risk analysis.
  • Created Contingency Plan.
  • There is always another problem.
  • When it comes to woodworking, seeking those with experience is crucial. There are so many different ways to accomplish the same task.
  • How to approach wooden structural design.
  • Finalize mezzanine design.
  • Meet with Experts about concrete wall (as it pertains to the Tilt N' Store).
  • Continue work with BOM and Budget.
  • Place orders for materials with longer lead times.
  • Work with the team to ensure the project is adequately funded (apply for more grants).
  • Finalize any designs that are unfinished.
Cali Smith
  • Created MSD II overall plans.
  • Brainstormed different scenarios for ImagineRIT.
  • Created the pre-thanksgiving progress report.
  • Updated EDGE with documentation and pictures.
  • Updated the proposed layout with design changes.
  • Brown Family Foundation grant application.
  • Researched OSHA standards related to lighting
  • Researched portable maintenance staircases.
  • Wording for grants is important
  • Subject matter experts are very helpful
  • Limited budget knowledge makes designing more difficult
  • Still very happy to not be an MECE
  • IEEE standards grant abstract
  • Detailed design review action items
  • Update EDGE Phase I page
  • Order building materials
  • Create building plans
Peter Larson
  • Elevator feasibility analysis
  • Contacted local architects for mezzanine building advice
  • Met with an architect
  • Met with a building contractor
  • Created a spreadsheet to run lumber design parameters
  • Met with a structural engineer
  • Designing a jib crane that is cheap is difficult
  • How to design a mezzanine from the mind set of a building contractor and the mind set of a structural engineer
  • Building a mezzanine is not simple because there are a lot of factors to consider
  • Finalize mezzanine design
  • Finalize build of materials
  • Place orders for materials
Sarah Harley
  • Created a lighting plan
  • Assisted in creating Contingency Plans
  • Brown Family Foundation Grant
  • ImagineRIT Plans
  • MSD II Plans
  • Researched stairs and chain hoists
  • OSHA lighting requirements
  • Better off buying stairs
  • Hard to plan purchases without a budget
  • Gate Review documents
  • Worst Case Scenarios and Contingency Plans
  • IEEE Grant
  • Purchasing Plan
  • Finalize Subsystem Designs

The Schedule and Completion Plan can be accessed here - P17708 Schedule

Individual 3 week plans can be accessed here - Brady, Cali, Peter, Sarah

Plans for ImagineRIT

Best Case Scenario

Middle Ground Scenario

Worse Case Scenario

The ImagineRIT Plans can be accessed here - ImagineRIT Plans

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