The motivation for this thesis is to make the transition for the FSAE team as easy and efficient as possible, from a small, hobby- like venture to a large, well-managed, organised, student project with optimal benefits available to the student body, within and beyond the engineering school. The aim is to create and implement a suitable management structure, for people and information, establish effective communication networks and efficient document management, which will give the UQ Racing a successful sustainable future.
This thesis is extremely important for the UQ FSAE effort if the project is to remain consistently successful, not only in competition but as an effective learning tool. Lack of communication and knowledge management is the greatest threat to maintaining the FSAE project. Because the team has such a high turnover with the longest membership being five years undergraduate the loss of technical knowledge will limit the potential of the team to improve on previous years, limiting also the teaching potential of FSAE. In practice this has caused the downfall of FSAE teams in the past. This is the main issue that this thesis will address. Further problems that have been identified are the inefficient nature of management structures, communication channels, and document management, which also ties in with the knowledge management problem.
This thesis addresses these problems by first looking at the underlying tasks that are performed by the team throughout the year, the literature and what other teams have done in the past. By establishing current methods of knowledge management and communication, researching into alternatives, implementing several and evaluating these, this these contains recommendations for future practices of UQ Racing. The expected outcome is a well-managed, organised, sustainable project that provides an exceptional learning experience for the broad range of students involved.