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CMC Undergraduate, HMC Undergraduate

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Economics (CMC), Engineering (HMC)

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Engineers must often make a quick "ballpark" cost estimate of a new plant, facility, or piece of equipment before the detailed design phase. One easy way to obtain such an estimate is to base the cost on a known cost for a similar plant, facility, or piece of equipment by using the ratio of the capacities or sizes of the known and proposed item raised to an exponent R. This predesign cost-estimating approach is especially useful for doing sensitivity analyses and feasibility studies for which a high degree of accuracy is not required. This cost-capacity or power-factor model was first developed by Williams in 1947 for equipment costs [7] and by Chilton in 1950 for plant costs [1]. In this article, we present scale-up factors for estimating the costs of terminal expansions to existing airports in the United States and the costs of constructing new international airports.


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