Resource-based simulation libraries for construction

Amr A. Oloufa, Masaaki Ikeda, Tang Hung Nguyen

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Discrete event simulation modeling has been used successfully in a wide range of industrial and manufacturing applications. In construction applications, even though simulation has been applied, it still is extremely limited in terms of wide deployment in construction projects. Several reasons limit the effective implementation of this technology in construction. Chief among them is the time needed to develop the simulation model. While developing models for industrial applications is just as time consuming, the perpetual nature of manufacturing activities, may make this investment worthwhile. However, this is not the case in construction. In this research, the authors approach the problem through the development of a library of preprogrammed construction resources. The user need only select the required resources, and specify the project logic by linking these resources together. Benefits of this approach are the increased communication between the members of the construction team. Also the potential application of simulation tools in unforeseen construction situations where the time associated with hiring a simulation programmer may not available and a quick response is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-326
Number of pages12
JournalAutomation in Construction
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998 May


  • Discrete event simulation
  • Library-based simulation
  • Modeling
  • Object-oriented simulation
  • Shield tunneling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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