Simulation and Analysis of Construction Operations

by Boyd C. Paulson, Jr., (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Stanford Univ., Stanford, Calif. 94305,
Sarah A. Douglas, Doctoral Student; Stanford Univ., Stanford, Calif.,
Anthony Kalk, (A.M.ASCE), Construction Information Systems Co., Mill Valley, Calif.,
Ali Touran, Faculty of Civ. Engrg.; Isfahan Univ., Tehran, Iran,
Graeme A. Victor, Construction Systems Analyst; CM Inc., Houston, Tex.,


Serial Information: Journal of Technical Topics in Civil Engineering, 1983, Vol. 109, Issue 2, Pg. 89-104

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper summarizes a recent research project which brings together work from four diverse fields: (1) Time-lapse photographic documentation of unit operations such as those found on construction projects; (2) statistical reduction and analysis of data; (3) computer-based simulation modeling; and (4) theories and technologies for the design of interactive human-computer systems. The objectives are: (1) To permit convenient and economical collection of field data pertaining to construction operations; (2) to enable a user to quantify and analyze the statistical properties of the data captured on film; (3) to give the nonsophisticated user convenient and interactive access to computer-based simulation modeling to explore more productive and economical ways of doing work; and (4) to implement these systems using the best principles for designing the human-computer interface so as to take advantage of the powerful and economical minicomputer, microcomputer, and interactive graphics systems now available. The result of this research is an operable prototype which can be used in practical applications, and which provides a sound foundation for future refinements and extensions.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Computer analysis | Interactive systems | Economic factors | Construction management | Computer software | Project management | Statistics

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