The use of virtual prototyping to rehearse the sequence of construction work involving mobile cranes

Li, Heng, Chan, Neo K.Y., & Skitmore, Martin (2012) The use of virtual prototyping to rehearse the sequence of construction work involving mobile cranes. Construction Innovation : Information, Process, Management, 12(4), pp. 429-446.

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Purpose – Rehearsing practical site operations is without doubt one of the most effective methods for minimising planning mistakes, because of the learning that takes place during the rehearsal activity. However, real rehearsal is not a practical solution for on-site construction activities, as it not only involves a considerable amount of cost but can also have adverse environmental implications. One approach to overcoming this is by the use of virtual rehearsals. The purpose of this paper is to investigate an approach to simulation of the motion of cranes in order to test the feasibility of associated construction sequencing and generate construction schedules for review and visualisation.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper describes a system involving two technologies, virtual prototyping (VP) and four-dimensional (4D) simulation, to assist construction planners in testing the sequence of construction activities when mobile cranes are involved. The system consists of five modules, comprising input, database, equipment, process and output, and is capable of detecting potential collisions. A real-world trial is described in which the system was tested and validated.

Findings – Feedback from the planners involved in the trial indicated that they found the system to be useful in its present form and that they would welcome its further development into a fully automated platform for validating construction sequencing decisions.

Research limitations/implications – The tool has the potential to provide a cost-effective means of improving construction planning. However, it is limited at present to the specific case of crane movement under special consideration.

Originality/value – This paper presents a large-scale, real life case of applying VP technology in planning construction processes and activities.

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ID Code: 54064
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Construction Operations, Cranes, Simulation, Project Planning, Construction Planning, Sequencing, Mobile Cranes, Virtual Prototyping
DOI: 10.1108/14714171211272207
ISSN: 1471-4175
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2012 05:47
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2012 11:38

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