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Determining construction method patterns to automate and optimise scheduling – a graph-based approach

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Hovhannisyan, Vahan 
Xie, Haiyan 


Construction projects have been experiencing project delays for decades. As an executive guide to construction activities, construction schedules can mitigate delay risks and are essential to project success. Yet, creating a quality construction schedule is often the outcome of experienced schedulers, and what makes it harder is the fact that historic information including decision reasoning was not documented and disseminated for future use. This study proposes a graph-based method to find the time- and risk-efficient construction method patterns from historic projects to help schedulers improve productivity and accuracy. The method leverages schedule data (including activity names, Work Breakdown Structure, and start and finish date) that were obtained from a Tier-1 contractor for this study. The method was validated for excavation activities. The results indicate that the most time-efficient excavation activities can be done in 0.6% of total project time. The proposed method can help industry professionals standardise scheduling guidelines and automate the generation of construction schedules for critical subtasks.



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Proceedings of the 2021 European Conference on Computing in Construction

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2021 European Conference on Computing in Construction

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University College Dublin


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Leverhulme Trust (IAF-2018-011)
Innovate UK (104795)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/S02302X/1)
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions (860555)
Australian Research Council (DP170104613)