Interactive Graphics for Simulating Construction Operations

by Boyd C. Paulson, Jr., (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Stanford Univ., Stanford, Calif.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 69-76


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: This paper describes a project designated to develop, test, implement and document a practical, low-cost, terminal and microcomputer-based interactive simulation and graphics systems and related courseware to serve as a teaching laboratory. This research will bring together essential work from three important fields: (1)Time-lapse photographic documentation of unit operations; (2)computer-based simulation modeling; and (3)interactive man-computer graphics. The purpose is to create a system for statistical documentation of discrete unit operations, transfer and reduction of data by directly synchronizing the time-lapse film with the real-time computer system, and analysis via simulation modeling and interactive man-computer graphics. By combining these three technologies, a system is obtained whose analytical power far exceeds the sum of its parts.

Subject Headings: Graphic methods | Interactive systems | Computer models | Computer software | Simulation models | Computers | Data processing | Computer analysis

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