Simulation of Repetitive-Unit Construction

by David B. Ashley, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Massachusetts, Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Mass.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 185-194

Document Type: Journal Paper


Repetitive-unit construction characteristics require a flexible planning and analysis tool for proper evaluation of alternate resource allocations. Although there are numerous conventionally applied network planning techniques, none adequately model repetitive-unit construction or allow for all the important management decisions to be considered. By providing a robust structure for the problem, process interaction simulation techniques can be used for planning and decision-analysis purposes without undue sacrifice of realism or accuracy. The included multiple-unit housing example shows both the flexibility of the approach and the ability of the manager to gain much more insight into the behavior of a complex system.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Residential construction | Construction equipment | Resource management | Housing | Managers

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