Material and facility layout planning in construction projects using simulation

Pejman Alanjari, Seyedreza Razavialavi, Simaan Abourizk

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Layout planning for construction projects comprises two tasks: facility layout planning (FLP) and material layout planning (MLP), which has significant impacts on project cost and time. FLP specifies where to position temporary facilities on the site, and MLP determines the position of the material in the storage yard. This study focuses on MLP and describes a simulation-based method to improve material yard layout. In this method, simulation is employed for modeling the material handling process to evaluate material handling time. Due to the broad domain of possible solutions, simulation is integrated with genetic algorithm to heuristically search for a near optimum material layout with the least haulage time. The implementation of the proposed method is demonstrated in a case study which shows the superiority of the developed method over conventional methods. This paper also discusses how the results of this research can contribute to FLP.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2014
Subtitle of host publicationDecember 7-10, 2014, Savannah, Georgia, USA.
EditorsAndreas Tolk, Levent Yilmaz, Saikou Y. Diallo, Ilya O. Ryzhov
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
ISBN (Electronic)9781479974863, 9781479974849
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2014 - Savannah, United States
Duration: 7 Dec 201410 Dec 2014

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0891-7736
ISSN (Electronic)1558-4305


Conference2014 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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