Simulating Construction Operations by Microcomputer

by Boyd C. Paulson, Jr., Stanford Univ, Stanford CA, USA,
Weng Tat Chan, Stanford Univ, Stanford CA, USA,
Charlie C. L. Koo, Stanford Univ, Stanford CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Construction Research Applied to Practice


Field operations on major construction projects involve complex interactions among construction equipment, materials and supplies, skilled craft resources, and technical and administrative procedures. Imbalances and interferences among these entities cause inefficiencies and uncertainties that can adversely affect the costs and schedules of the operations themselves and those with which they are interrelated. This paper describes continuing research into a computer-based operations data acquisition and simulation system now evolving at the Stanford Construction Research Laboratory (SCRL). The research seeks economical means for field data acquisition, statistical data reduction and analysis, and graphical simulation of operations such as earthmoving, bridge construction, and high-rise buildings. The current objective is to implement the system on commonly used microcomputers of the type now found in construction project field offices, and thus provide a powerful tool to enable an engineer to better analyze and improve his or her operations.

Subject Headings: Construction equipment | Construction materials | Infrastructure construction | Construction management | Concrete construction | Computer models | Construction methods | Uncertainty principles

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