Improving workflow and resource usage in construction schedules through location-based management system (LBMS)

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2018-01-01
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en
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16
109-124
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CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS, Volume 36, issue 2
Abstract
Critical Path Method (CPM), a planning and controlling technique, is widely used in the construction industry. However, CPM is criticized for its lack of workflow and inability to schedule continuous resource usage. Location-Based Management System (LBMS) fill these gaps and has been implemented in many construction projects. We propose that LBMS will improve schedules and project performance, addressing CPM’s main shortcomings. This study is composed of three case studies. CPM schedules were analyzed and were improved using LBMS tools. The resulting schedules show improved workflows, crew balancing, resource usage and had fewer interruptions, without affecting project duration. Furthermore, LBMS schedules were optimized with only a few scheduling operations and fewer planning elements. The computational benefit of LBMS increases with the number of locations and tasks in a schedule. Project managers will benefit from a simpler scheduling process and better resource flow.
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Critical path method, Construction management, Location-based management system, Workflow, Resource scheduling
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Olivieri , H , Seppänen , O & Granja , A D 2018 , ' Improving workflow and resource usage in construction schedules through location-based management system (LBMS) ' , Construction Management and Economics , vol. 36 , no. 2 , doi: 10.1080/01446193.2017.1410561 , pp. 109-124 . https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2017.1410561