Virtual prototyping for planning bridge construction

Heng Li, Neo K.Y. Chan, Ting Huang, Martin Skitmore*, Jay Yang

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4D simulation, building information modeling, virtual construction, computer simulation and virtual prototyping are emerging topics in the building construction industry. These techniques not only relate to the buildings themselves, but can also be applied to other forms of construction, including bridges. Since bridge construction is a complex process involving multiple types of plant and equipment, applying such virtual methods benefits the understanding of all parties in construction practice. This paper describes the relationship between temporary platforms, plant and equipment resources and a proposed-built model in the construction planning and use of Virtual Prototyping Simulation (VPS) to implement different construction scenarios in order to help planners identify an optimal construction plan. A case study demonstrates the use of VPS integrated with temporary platform design and plant and equipment-resource allocation to generate different construction scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


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