Overview of fuzzy hybrid techniques in construction engineering and management

Nima Gerami Seresht, Rodolfo Lourenzutti, Ahmad Salah, Aminah Robinson Fayek

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Abstract

Due to the increasing size and complexity of construction projects, construction engineering and management involves the coordination of many complex and dynamic processes and relies on the analysis of uncertain, imprecise and incomplete information, including subjective and linguistically expressed information. Various modelling and computing techniques have been used by construction researchers and applied to practical construction problems in order to overcome these challenges, including fuzzy hybrid techniques. Fuzzy hybrid techniques combine the human-like reasoning capabilities of fuzzy logic with the capabilities of other techniques, such as optimization, machine learning, multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) and simulation, to capitalise on their strengths and overcome their limitations. Based on a review of construction literature, this chapter identifies the most common types of fuzzy hybrid techniques applied to construction problems and reviews selected papers in each category of fuzzy hybrid technique to illustrate their capabilities for addressing construction challenges. Finally, this chapter discusses areas for future development of fuzzy hybrid techniques that will increase their capabilities for solving construction-related problems. The contributions of this chapter are threefold: (1) the limitations of some standard techniques for solving construction problems are discussed, as are the ways that fuzzy methods have been hybridized with these techniques in order to address their limitations; (2) a review of existing applications of fuzzy hybrid techniques in construction is provided in order to illustrate the capabilities of these techniques for solving a variety of construction problems and (3) potential improvements in each category of fuzzy hybrid technique in construction are provided, as areas for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuzzy Hybrid Computing in Construction Engineering and Management
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Applications
EditorsAminah Robinson Fayek
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald
Chapter2
Pages37-107
Number of pages70
ISBN (Electronic)9781787438682
ISBN (Print)9781787438699
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes

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