International Construction Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (ICSC) (5th : 2015)

A simulation framework for ex-ante analysis of safety and productivity in construction projects Baniassadi, Farshid; Alvanchi, Amin; Mostafavi, Ali


Safety hazards are one of the major challenges facing construction industry across the globe. Despite a growing literature on assessment of construction safety, the majority of the existing studies are descriptive in nature, do not capture the specific conditions of construction operations and provide one-size-fits-all strategies for enhancing the safety of construction projects. On the other hand, productivity improvement is also a main concern in construction projects. However, the research effort addressing both safety and productivity improvement concerns is still missed in the construction industry. Among different tools used for construction project planning and productivity improvement, discrete event simulation is a well-known tool which has been widely used for analyzing and improving complex construction operations. In this research, for the first time, we are proposing a simulation based framework which concurrently follows safety and productivity improvement in construction projects.

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