A framework to model the spread of infectious diseases on construction sites using hybrid agent-based modelling and Monte Carlo simulation

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Abstract

The construction industry has been severely affected by COVID-19 restrictions
resulting in several challenges in form of supply chain disruptions, performance loss, and limited workforce interactions. The construction industry initially needs to understand and quantify the impacts of COVID-19 on each aspect of the industry. Simulation techniques are powerful tools for this purpose, which enable modellers to run construction projects virtually and assess their performance under different circumstances, scenarios or settings. In this paper, a hybrid simulation framework is developed using agent-based modelling (ABM) and Monte Carlo simulation techniques (MCS) to evaluate the impact of the spread of COVID-19 on the performance of construction projects. The proposed simulation framework enables the construction modellers to capture the interactions between construction workers effectively and to determine the impact of restrictions on the overall project performance. It also helps practitioners in the post-COVID-19 era by testing multiple virus spread scenarios on construction sites and minimize the adverse impacts of restrictions on the project performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 37th annual conference
Place of PublicationLeeds
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2021
EventARCOM Conference 2021: Recover, Rebuild and Renew - Virtual, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 6 Sep 20217 Sep 2021
https://www.arcom.ac.uk/conf-2021.php

Conference

ConferenceARCOM Conference 2021
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period6/09/217/09/21
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