A Computational Method for Estimating Travel Frequencies in Site Layout Planning

Optimizing the layout of facilities on a construction site to minimize the material handling costs has been widely investigated in the literature. An integral part of the objective function utilized in the previously proposed optimization models is the frequency parameter, which generally provides a rough estimate of the frequency of travel between each pair of facilities at a specific stage of the project. The majority of travel frequencies deduced in prior studies have been estimated merely based on past experience and may not be an actual representation of movements within the project studied. There is currently a lack of a systematic approach for estimating travel frequencies, required in site layout planning, based on the information available at early stages of the project. Obtaining a reasonable estimate of the travel frequency matrix requires a realistic evaluation of the material transportation quantities at each construction stage. This necessitates the utilization of information on the progress of different activities and their corresponding material needs during the various stages. This paper presents a framework for obtaining travel frequencies at different construction project phases by taking advantage of the information made available by building information models and project schedules. The estimated frequencies are later embedded as parameters in an optimization model to improve site layout planning. The results of a case study are presented to highlight the capabilities of the proposed framework.

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  • Accession Number: 01598184
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Apr 18 2016 9:50AM