Construction site layout optimization model considering cost and safety in a dynamic environment

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Jaafar, Kamal, Elbarkouky, Raghda and Kennedy, Joel. 2020. "Construction site layout optimization model considering cost and safety in a dynamic environment." Asian Journal of Civil Engineering. 22 (2), pp. 297-312. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42107-020-00314-3
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Construction site layout optimization model considering cost
and safety in a dynamic environment

ERA Journal ID44731
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsJaafar, Kamal (Author), Elbarkouky, Raghda (Author) and Kennedy, Joel (Author)
Journal TitleAsian Journal of Civil Engineering
Journal Citation22 (2), pp. 297-312
Number of Pages16
Year2020
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN1563-0854
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s42107-020-00314-3
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42107-020-00314-3
Abstract

The construction industry is a complex field that requires lots of planning to succeed. The first step of planning in a construction project is planning the construction site layout. This paper develops a model formulation to optimize the construction site layout from the perspective of cost and risk. The developed optimization model also takes into consideration the dynamic environment of a construction site. That is, it demonstrates the situation that occurs in reality, since facilities, locations and their dimensions may vary throughout construction stages. The model aims to minimize both the cost and the risk involved in the project in a dynamic environment. Both cost and risk are minimized for material flow, equipment flow, people follow, facility setup, facility dismantling and facility relocation. The model generated in this paper was solved by standard branch-and-bound technique using LINGO software. To verify the model, a case study was solved using the generated model and results were compared to the same project completed in reality.

KeywordsCost; Dynamic construction site layout; Equipment flow; Facility dismantling and facility relocation; Facility setup; Material flow; Optimization; People follow; Risk
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400504. Construction engineering
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Wollongong
ASGC Group, United Arab Emirates
School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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