Advanced Microcomputer Simulation for Construction Managers

by Leonhard Bernold, Univ of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA,
Daniel W. Halpin, Univ of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


The concept of simulation allows the analysis of complex and dynamic systems such as those encountered in construction operations. In particular, the technology orientation of construction operations in the field is continually undergoing change. This means that until recently intuitive approaches were the only way to deal with the multi-faceted nature of field construction processes. As computers have become smaller and more mobile, the analytic power of these machines has become more accessible to field engineers and managers. This paper discusses the structure of the CYCLONE concept for construction operation simulation and introduces an extended version of the MicroCYCLONE program. Data bases, standardized construction process networks, sensitivity analysis and interactive graphics enhance the user-friendliness of MicroCYCLONE.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Managers | Sensitivity analysis | Dynamic analysis | Building codes | Computer analysis | Computer software | Computer networks

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