Construction Operations and Microcomputers

by Jose Lluch, (A.M.ASCE), Ph.D. Candidate; Georgis Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, Ga. 30332,
Daniel W. Halpin, (M.ASCE), Prof.; School of Civ. Engrg., Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, Ga. 30332,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 129-145

Document Type: Journal Paper


The availability of small reasonably priced computers—micro-computers—has made computer based techniques and management control accessible for the analysis of construction processes. A microcomputer implementation of the CYCLONE method for the analysis of a contruction operation is presented. The CYCLONE method is an analytical technique for the analysis of construction processes. The system, as discussed, is implemented on the TRS-80 and Apple II plus microcomputers. Two complete examples analyzing a paving process and a precast process are presented and discussed. The implementation of CYCLONE on a microcomputer provides a cost effective means by which construction decision makers can compare various construction methodologies and conduct sensitivity analysis of a selected methodology to determine the optimal or best resource mix.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Computer analysis | Sensitivity analysis | Cyclones | Construction management | Computers | Management methods | Pricing

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