Interactive simulation modeling for heavy construction operations

K. J. Kim, G. Edward Gibson

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With all the benefits of discrete event simulation, the field application of simulation has been limited in the construction industry. The principal reasons for the limited field application include the complexity of simulation system itself and the amount of time and cost to develop the simulation model. To support the utilization of discrete-event simulation in the planning and the analysis of heavy construction operations, this paper proposes an interactive simulation modeling approach that will allow, with step-by-step guidance, the project manager to build a simulation model through interaction with a computer. To evaluate this modeling concept, this paper presents a framework for an information system that is called Knowledge-embedded, MOdularized Simulation system (KMOS), and then applies to a real project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-109
Number of pages13
JournalAutomation in construction
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Construction management
  • Construction operations
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Object-oriented simulation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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