An integrated simulation model for site layout planning of tunnelling projects

RazaviAlavi, SeyedReza and AbouRizk, Simaan (2014) An integrated simulation model for site layout planning of tunnelling projects. In: 13th International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation (MAS 2014): Held at the International Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation Multiconference (I3M 2014) ; Bordeaux, France, 10 – 12 September 2014. Curran, Red Hook, NY, pp. 46-53. ISBN 9788897999348


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Overlooking site layout in the planning phase of construction projects leads to loss of productivity and incurs extra costs. In tunneling projects, site layout has a significant impact on material flow and tunneling operations, particularly on congested sites. In addition, construction planning decisions can influence the efficiency of the layout. This paper proposes simulation as a decision making tool to model tunnel construction operations and site layout, and capture their mutual influences. To facilitate building the simulation model, even for users with limited simulation knowledge, a special purpose simulation (SPS) tool was customized and developed. This simulation tool provides an integrated environment to model the parameters of different disciplines including site layout, material procurement, tunnel operations and logistics. The developed tool is of great assistance for the planners to make decisions simultaneously on site layout and other construction planning parameters, and find the most cost-efficient plan.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decision making tool, Site layout planning, Special purpose simulation, Tunnel construction
Subjects: H200 Civil Engineering
H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2020 15:57
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 11:50

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