A model for the automated generation of earthwork planning activities


Mawdesley, M.J. and Al-Jibouri, S.H.S. and Askew, W.H. and Patterson, D.E. (2002) A model for the automated generation of earthwork planning activities. Construction Innovation, 2 (2). pp. 249-268. ISSN 1471-4175

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Abstract:A review of techniques used in industry showed that there is an absence of a formalised, systematic approach to earthworks planning. The techniques used tend to be subjective and time consuming with a heavy reliance given to the experience and knowledge of the planner. This absence of a formalised technique can lead to inaccurate planning and makes explanation of the techniques difficult. This paper describes the development of a new automated approach for use by the planners to generate earthworks activities that overcomes such limitations. As well as creating activity sets in a much shorter time, the ability to compare various sets allows the planner more scope when planning earthworks. The model is able to generate activity sets that are comparable to those generated by a project planner.

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