An integrated simulation model for site layout planning of tunnelling projects

Seyed Reza RazaviAlavi, Simaan AbouRizk

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation (MAS 2014)
Subtitle of host publicationHeld at the International Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation Multiconference (I3M 2014) ; Bordeaux, France 10 – 12 September 2014
EditorsAgostino G. Bruzzone, Marina Massei, Fabio de Felice, Yuri Merkuryev, Adriano Solis, Gregory Zacharewicz
Place of PublicationRed Hook, NY
PublisherNY Curran Associates, Inc.
Pages46-53
ISBN (Electronic)9788897999348
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation, MAS 2014 - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 10 Sep 201412 Sep 2014

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation, MAS 2014
CountryFrance
CityBordeaux
Period10/09/1412/09/14

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