Project Data Management Implementation for the Formula Student Team

  • Peter John Sunnucks

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy


To improve the efficiency and performance of Aston University’s Formula Student Team with respect to its engineering configuration management process, successful integration of a Project Data Management System was achieved. This thesis has identified an approach that is both quantitative and qualitative, for establishing a framework of Key Success Factors that are specific to the requirements of the Formula Student Team data handling practices. These Key Success Factors have directly complemented the use of a computer aided design package, SolidWorks Education Edition 2007, during the design and development stages.

In understanding the historical background of Aston University’s participation in the Institution of Mechanical Engineering’s Formula Student competition, this thesis has evaluated the complexity of the problems experienced within the context of the historical organisational team structures and project teamwork over the preceding years.

A literature based review of the experiences of Industry, engineering business strategies and approaches to engineering organisational structures, contributed significantly to identifying the Key Success Factors recommended for implementing a Project Data Management System. This thesis also demonstrates the direct benefits, including the effect of teamwork, of a strong transformational leadership culture in organisations that can adapt to more efficient working practices. The research further demonstrated the uniqueness of a/the Formula Student Project Team in comparison to Industry based engineering
organisations as a result of the small organisational setting and academic framework within Aston University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Successful Project Data Management Systems integration has increased performance, communication and discipline of teamwork and provided an approach to support a learning organisation and an ability to retain and increase knowledge in order to continue the evolving, competitive capability of the Formula Student Team.
Date of AwardMay 2013
Original languageEnglish

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