Interactive Visual Lean System for Resource Planning of Earthwork Operations

Nashwan Dawood1, Rajiv Chavada2, Claudio Benghi3 & Romeu Sanches4

1Professor, School of Science and Engineering, and Director of the Centre for Construction Innovation and Research, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, UK, Phone +44 1642/342494, FAX 1642/342494, n.n.dawood@tees.ac.uk
2PhD Student, Centre for Construction Innovation and Research, School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, UK, Phone +44 1642/342494, FAX 1642/342494, H8130479@tees.ac.uk
3Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, Phone +44 –191/2437368, claudio.benghi@northumbria.ac.uk
4Program Manager, Mota-Engil, Romeu.Sanches@mota-engil.pt

Abstract

Poor resource planning and low productivities in road construction projects are among the major factors that contribute to cost escalation and projects‘ overruns. Although a number of tools and methods have been developed to enhance road construction planning and in particular earthworks planning and visualisation, current practices suggest that these tools are not practical and fragmented. The aim of this paper is to develop a practical, lean and transparent knowledge driven model to reduce the complexity of earthwork operations, improve efficiency of planning processes and reduce waste at operational phase. In this context, this research presents an interactive visual lean system that integrates different earthwork modules (including resource productivity, profile visualisation, planning and scheduling activities) to achieve efficient and productive construction plans. The system integrates atomic model configuration for productivity calculation, profile visualisation for ―Mass-haul‖ and ―Time-distance‖ profile, Gantt viewer for activity planning and management. The paper introduces the theoretical aspects of planning and scheduling in linear projects, develops system framework for the proposed model, discusses the prototype and demonstrates the prototype through a real life case study.

Keywords

Visualisation tool, Integrated system, Earthwork operations, Object oriented environment, Lean Construction

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Dawood, N. , Chavada, R. , Benghi, C. & Sanches, R. 2010, 'Interactive Visual Lean System for Resource Planning of Earthwork Operations' In:, Walsh, K. & Alves, T., 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Haifa, Israel, 14-16 Jul 2010. pp 652-661

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