Optimizing construction planning schedules by virtual prototyping enabled resource analysis

Heng Li*, Neo Chan, Ting Huang, H. L. Guo, Weisheng Lu, Martin Skitmore

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The inherent uncertainty and complexity of construction work make construction planning a particularly difficult task for project managers due to the need to anticipate and visualize likely future events. Conventional computer-assisted technology can help but is often limited to the constructability issues involved. Virtual prototyping, however, offers an improved method through the visualization of construction activities by computer simulation - enabling a range of 'what-if' questions to be asked and their implications on the total project to be investigated. This paper describes the use of virtual prototyping to optimize construction planning schedules by analyzing resource allocation and planning with integrated construction models, resource models, construction planning schedules and site-layout plans. A real-life case study is presented that demonstrates the use of a virtual prototyping enabled resource analysis to reallocate space, logistic on access road and arrange tower cranes to achieve a 6-day floor construction cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-918
Number of pages7
JournalAutomation in Construction
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


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