Microcomputer Construction Operations Simulation

by Boyd C. Paulson, Jr., Stanford Univ, Stanford CA, USA,
Charlie C. Koo, Stanford Univ, Stanford CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


This paper summarizes the current status of an ongoing research project whose objective is to collect time data from videotapes of field construction operations and use the data as input to a microcomputer-based simulation model of the operations. The purpose is to make it more economical to collect production time data in the field and to make powerful simulation analysis and design techniques available at the field office level. As now implemented, a videotape camera taken to the field records data about the logical relationships between, and the cycle times of, the various elements in an operation. With the aid of a computer connected to a videotape player (VCR), this data can be extracted from the tape and statistically analyzed to yield estimated values for the productivity of the system and its components. With the aid of a graphical networking technique and a computer-based problem-oriented language, the user can build a network-based simulation model in the computer with a program called INSIGHT (INteractive SImulation using GrapHics Techniques.

Subject Headings: Computer aided operations | Construction management | Computer languages | Graphic methods | Computer models | Field tests | Construction methods | Construction industry

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