A combined planning and controls approach to accurately estimate, monitor, and stabilize work flow

David Grau Torrent, Amin Abbaszadegan, Pingbo Tang, Ram Ganapathy, Jose Diosdado

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Abstract

This study investigates a novel approach - both to precisely plan for project execution and to monitor execution status in near real-time. In this approach, two lean construction techniques - such as pull planning and integrated project delivery - are combined with the fine-grained planning and near real-time monitoring of the executed work. In order to plan for and monitor the flow of work, work packages are defined at the smallest discernible amount of work - the task. Work packages are divided by unique location sectors and, hence, are further discretized. Deviations based on predictions of completed work are proactively reported and assessed in near real-time. In addition, productivity ratios for completed projects are utilized to pre-qualify contractors for future project endeavors and to generate accurate bidding information. Thus, an emphasis to stabilize workflow is at the core of the proposed fine-grained production planning and near real-time monitoring approach. Through an intervention test in a facility project, a comparison of relevant metrics is used to quantify and validate the impact of the novel approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages105-112
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780784413616
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2014Jun 25 2014

Other

Other2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period6/23/146/25/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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