Estimating the size of temporary facilities in construction site layout planning using simulation

Seyedreza Razavialavi, Simaan Abourizk, Pejman Alanjari

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Abstract

This paper proposes a framework for estimating size of temporary facilities, a crucial task for construction site layout planning. Underestimation of facility size can lead to facility space shortage, productivity loss, and safety problems; overestimation results in lack of space for other facilities. Some temporary facilities have fixed or predetermined sizes. For other facilities, size depends on progress of activities and may vary over project duration. This study focuses on the latter, and implements simulation as a suitable planning tool to estimate size of activity-dependent facilities. Existing studies on site layout planning do not fully address this topic, and current practice often is based on experts' experience. In this study, simulation is implemented to model the construction process, and space is considered a resource in the model. Utilization of the resource over time indicates the space requirement trend over the project time. The main contribution of this work is estimation of the maximum required size of activity-dependent facilities and its variation over time. The case study presented demonstrates practicality of the proposed approach and capability of simulation in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2014
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress, May 19–21, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
EditorsDaniel Castro-Lacouture, Javier Irizarry, Baabak Ashuri
Place of PublicationReston, Virginia, United States
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages70-79
ISBN (Print)9780784413517
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, CRC 2014 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 19 May 201421 May 2014

Conference

Conference2014 Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, CRC 2014
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period19/05/1421/05/14

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