Modelling activity dependencies for building construction project scheduling

Kalle Kähkönen

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Abstract

Activity dependencies are used to represent an important part of the logic of a construction project schedule, for example, general construction strategy, the sequence of activities and their overlap. The research investigates the existence of these different dependencies within building construction project schedules. The findings form the basis for the development of a schedule preparation model with which a planner: prepares schedules using a domain specific approach; uses specific procedures to identify and create different activity dependencies; and applies tailored data structures to store characteristics of individual activity dependencies. The model is designed to exceed the capabilities of current scheduling techniques based on project networks and achieves this principally by representing the characteristics of each activity dependency class. The model is thus qualitative in its approach. A computer program was subsequently developed in order to test the feasibility of the model. Test results show that the model offers a significant improvement over conventional scheduling techniques by enabling feasible alternative schedules to be generated rapidly. Additionally, capabilities of the computer program show that the model provides a good foundation for managing the logic of schedules by the means of selective reports about activity dependencies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages137
ISBN (Print)951-38-4391-2
Publication statusPublished - 1993
MoE publication typeNot Eligible

Publication series

SeriesVTT Publications
Number153
ISSN1235-0621

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Keywords

  • construction management
  • building sites
  • scheduling
  • cost control
  • costs
  • expenses
  • quality control
  • time studies
  • project management
  • project planning
  • work time standards
  • production control
  • models
  • dependence
  • planning
  • classifications
  • computers
  • computer programs
  • reporting
  • analyzing
  • feasibility
  • utilization

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Kähkönen, K. (1993). Modelling activity dependencies for building construction project scheduling. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Publications, No. 153