https://doi.org/10.24928/2021/0143

Enhancing Internal Vertical Logistics Flows in High-Rise Construction: An Exploratory Study

Alaa Al Barazi1, Olli Seppanen2, Ergo Pikas3, Joonas Lehtovaara4 & Antti Peltokorpi5

1Doct. Cand., Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0001-7241-9597
2Assoc. Prof., Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-2008-5924
3Asst. Prof., Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, TalTech University, Tallinn, Estonia, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0001-5691-685X
4Doct. Cand. Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-4761-3811
5Asst. Prof., Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-7939-6612

Abstract

Vertical logistics systems are important for enhancing production performance in highrise buildings (HRBs). However, researchers studying vertical logistics have focused on examining the flow of individual resources in isolation. Only a few studies adopt a holistic approach to optimizing the flow of resources. For example, research on the combined effect of the number, characteristics, and rules of elevators uses and break rooms' location on the production system's performance remain scarce. Methods and tools like agentbased modelling (ABM) and simulation could be used to study and predict vertical logistics systems' performance holistically. This research uses hypothetical strategies to investigate opportunities to enhance performance and develop more effective vertical logistics systems. The proposed agent-based model and simulation is validated with a simple, hypothetical takt plan. The simulation results show that the logistic system's performance varies when changing parameters like the number of elevators and the location of break rooms. This research's main contribution is a new way to study these systems and potentially enhance their performance. Furthermore, possibilities to maximize performance and remove logistical bottlenecks are suggested.

Keywords

Vertical transportation systems, internal logistics, simulation, agent-based, production planning and control

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Barazi, A. A. , Seppanen, O. , Pikas, E. , Lehtovaara, J. & Peltokorpi, A. 2021, 'Enhancing Internal Vertical Logistics Flows in High-Rise Construction: An Exploratory Study' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 717-726

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