Automating Project Scheduling—A Case Study

by Michael Mawdesley, Univ of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom,
William Askew, Univ of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


This paper describes the on-going development of a 'finite element' based, project planning and scheduling package which uses knowledge bases, inference engines, heuristics and algorithms to produce schedules of work from project drawings. The system is designed to integrate with the CAD systems which are available for construction design. In particular the paper contains a brief history of the project and description of the model; a description of the knowledge bases and inference engines which have been found necessary to drive the system; a discussion of the problems encountered and the solutions proposed during implementation; and an outline of the directions of future development.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Automation | Scheduling | Construction management | Construction methods | Computer aided design | History | Construction industry

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