An Integrated Approach To Repetitive Construction Planning

by Boliver A. Senior, (A.M.ASCE), Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA,
Daniel W. Halpin, (M.ASCE), Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Repetitive construction projects are unsuited for the use of the Critical Path Method (CPM) for their scheduling. Statistical simulation techniques offer a scheduling alternative, but their relatively complex modeling requirements and the lack of activity float information as part of their scheduling results are drawbacks to their widespread use. An approach to integrate CPM and simulation scheduling is presented here. This new approach, called PICASSO, provides compact modeling of repetitive projects and explicit formulation of project resource flows, while also computing activity float. The modeling and scheduling features of this integrative approach are introduced, as well as the integration of standard CPM and simulation software to implement it.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Computer models | Construction methods | Critical path method | Project management | Computer software | Resource management | Statistics

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