Estimating the size of temporary facilities in construction site layout planning using simulation

RazaviAlavi, SeyedReza, AbouRizk, Simaan and Alanjari, Pejman (2014) Estimating the size of temporary facilities in construction site layout planning using simulation. In: Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress, May 19–21, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia, USA. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Reston, Virginia, United States, pp. 70-79. ISBN 9780784413517

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This paper proposes a framework for estimating size of temporary facilities, a crucial task for construction site layout planning. Underestimation of facility size can lead to facility space shortage, productivity loss, and safety problems; overestimation results in lack of space for other facilities. Some temporary facilities have fixed or predetermined sizes. For other facilities, size depends on progress of activities and may vary over project duration. This study focuses on the latter, and implements simulation as a suitable planning tool to estimate size of activity-dependent facilities. Existing studies on site layout planning do not fully address this topic, and current practice often is based on experts' experience. In this study, simulation is implemented to model the construction process, and space is considered a resource in the model. Utilization of the resource over time indicates the space requirement trend over the project time. The main contribution of this work is estimation of the maximum required size of activity-dependent facilities and its variation over time. The case study presented demonstrates practicality of the proposed approach and capability of simulation in this area.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
H200 Civil Engineering
H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2020 12:38
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2020 15:17

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