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Article: Dynamic modelling of building services projects: a simulation model for real-life projects in the Hong Kong construction industry

TitleDynamic modelling of building services projects: a simulation model for real-life projects in the Hong Kong construction industry
Authors
KeywordsBuilding services
Demolitions
Rework
System dynamics
Work conflicts
Issue Date2013
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/mcm
Citation
Mathematical and Computer Modelling, 2013, v. 57 n. 9-10, p. 2054-2066 How to Cite?
AbstractConstruction projects are known to involve complex, inter-dependent, uncertain and labor-intensive processes. The building services subsector is no exception. Based on extensive literature review and industry focus group investigations, the reported research develops a useful application of system dynamics modeling to address production process inefficiencies in this subsector. A generic process model is systematically developed to simulate the effects of varying levels of a set of identified variables on construction projects in practical scenarios. The simulation model provides relevant insights to project managers, who may apply this knowledge when designing or targeting better performance through more appropriate project settings and conducive conditions when planning building services works. It is concluded from the model-based approach that building services works can be improved through specific better focused managerial efforts, such as an increasing coordination effectiveness at the planning stage, clarifying design decisions collaboratively for interdependent works and improving critical prerequisite conditions prior to installations. Otherwise, pending works arising from work clashes can lead to knock-on effects resulting in productivity constraints and pressures, as well as more rework and demolition. This model is then applied in two quite different projects in Hong Kong. The findings reveal that the model enables deep insights into estimating and potentially improving construction performance levels, by addressing the dynamics of the various identified critical input parameters. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/150584
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.366
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.643
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dc.contributor.authorWan, SKMen_US
dc.contributor.authorKumaraswamy, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorLiu, DTCen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-26T06:05:55Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-26T06:05:55Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationMathematical and Computer Modelling, 2013, v. 57 n. 9-10, p. 2054-2066en_US
dc.identifier.issn0895-7177en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/150584-
dc.description.abstractConstruction projects are known to involve complex, inter-dependent, uncertain and labor-intensive processes. The building services subsector is no exception. Based on extensive literature review and industry focus group investigations, the reported research develops a useful application of system dynamics modeling to address production process inefficiencies in this subsector. A generic process model is systematically developed to simulate the effects of varying levels of a set of identified variables on construction projects in practical scenarios. The simulation model provides relevant insights to project managers, who may apply this knowledge when designing or targeting better performance through more appropriate project settings and conducive conditions when planning building services works. It is concluded from the model-based approach that building services works can be improved through specific better focused managerial efforts, such as an increasing coordination effectiveness at the planning stage, clarifying design decisions collaboratively for interdependent works and improving critical prerequisite conditions prior to installations. Otherwise, pending works arising from work clashes can lead to knock-on effects resulting in productivity constraints and pressures, as well as more rework and demolition. This model is then applied in two quite different projects in Hong Kong. The findings reveal that the model enables deep insights into estimating and potentially improving construction performance levels, by addressing the dynamics of the various identified critical input parameters. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/mcmen_US
dc.relation.ispartofMathematical and Computer Modellingen_US
dc.subjectBuilding servicesen_US
dc.subjectDemolitionsen_US
dc.subjectReworken_US
dc.subjectSystem dynamicsen_US
dc.subjectWork conflictsen_US
dc.titleDynamic modelling of building services projects: a simulation model for real-life projects in the Hong Kong construction industryen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailKumaraswamy, M: mohan@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.mcm.2011.06.070en_US
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