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Modelling issues in repetitive construction and an approach to schedule updating Williams, Rhys E.


Planning and control of time and other resources are crucial to the construction of large projects. Yet, current computerized techniques are unable to model the work patterns by which construction personnel plan a project. Furthermore, these methods are not capable of reflecting the day to day changes which must be monitored to control the construction site. The purpose of this thesis-is to promote the usability of computerized planning and scheduling through the development of the heuristic manner by which construction personnel perceive the project. Site studies held in cooperation with Poole Construction Limited and Foundation Company of Canada were performed using a computer scheduling system at the University of British Columbia which contained a prototype model of repetitive work. It provided insight to the process of repetition and rhythm by which projects are planned and to the requirements of the updating process necessary to monitor, and hence control the project. Two models evolved. The definition of the general repetitive structure was formulated to provide construction personnel with a tool by which to model the process of repetition. The definition of an updating process was formulated capable of monitoring daily progress on a construction site. Work performed with these models have shown them to be realistic in their approach to construction management.

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