Modeling the Dynamics of Heavy Equipment Management Practices and Downtime in Large Highway Contractors

Machine downtime is invariably perceived as one of the most critical problems faced by highway contractors. Attempts to reduce downtime often result in failure due to the dynamic behaviors between equipment management practices and downtime. This paper is thus intended to highlight the dynamics of heavy equipment management practices and downtime in large highway contractors and utilizes them as a framework in constructing a simulation model using a system dynamics approach. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with equipment managers from 5 different large highway contractors in Thailand. The finding reveals that, to be successful in alleviating downtime, contractors must view their practices on equipment management as an integration of multiple feedback processes, which are interrelated and interdependent with downtime. Based on various validation tests, the simulation model is deemed appropriate in representing the equipment management system as related to downtime of large highway contractors. The research is of value in facilitating better understanding on the dynamics of equipment management practices and downtime as well as their interdependency.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Prasertrungruang, Thanapun
    • Hadikusumo, Bonaventura H W
  • Publication Date: 2009-10


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  • Accession Number: 01141864
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 9 2009 1:35PM