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

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  • University of Campinas

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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Original languageEnglish
Article numberdoi: 10.1080/01446193.2017.1410561
Pages (from-to)109-124
Number of pages16
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Volume36
Issue number2
Early online dateJan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Critical path method, Construction management, Location-based management system, Workflow, Resource scheduling

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