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Chan, W and Lu, M (2008) Materials Handling System Simulation in Precast Viaduct Construction: Modeling, Analysis, and Implementation. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 134(04), 300–10.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Simulation models; Computer aided simulation; Logistics; Inventories; Construction management; Bridge construction; Bridges, viaduct;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0733-9364
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2008)134:4(300)
  • Abstract:
    The interactive, complicated system environment of a construction site renders conventional site layout planning and scheduling techniques to be inadequate in coping with materials handling system design in construction. In this paper, we present a university-industry joint endeavor for improving the effectiveness of the materials handling system on a precast viaduct construction project in Hong Kong by implementing the simplified discrete-event simulation approach (SDESA) along with its computer platform resulting from recent research. How to apply the simulation methodology of SDESA is elaborated step by step. Particular emphasis is placed on procedures of establishing a simulation model, validation of the simulation model, design of simulation experiments, and analysis of simulation results. With process flowchart, site layout plan, and process animation produced in a view-centric simulation environment, it is straightforward to establish, validate, and communicate the operations simulation. The research team convinced the project director, as well as field managers, of the functionality and effectiveness of operations simulation. The knowledge derived from simulation added to experiences of site managers in materials handling system design. With the aid of simulation, even junior engineers would be capable and confident to draw up an actionable construction plan that would lead to enhancement of cost effectiveness and productivity in the field.