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General framework for designing multi-use simulation modules for estimating project durations

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Purpose ‐ This paper seeks to propose a general framework to be used in developing multi-use simulation modules for estimating project durations at the planning phase. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The research method incorporates two main stages. First, conceptualisation of the general framework, and second, implementing the framework in modelling and experimenting simulation modules, which involves data collection, statistical analysis, templates building through the ARENA software, and modules verification and validation. Findings ‐ The framework was found to be effective in providing an approach for building multi-use simulation modules. The validation and verification processes of the developed simulation module reflect the soundness of the proposed framework. Practical implications ‐ Useful insights have been presented in this research regarding building multi-use simulation modules in infrastructure construction projects. In addition, the paper demonstrates examples about how simulation interaction interface can contribute to the efficiency of using the simulation technique. Originality/value ‐ Given the lack of general approaches for building multi-use simulation modules, this research suggests a simplified approach for developing multi-use modules. Both academics and practitioners can benefit from this new approach by understanding the mechanism behind the multi-use model concept as explained in this paper.

Keywords: Multi-use simulation modules; Probabilistic approach; Project planning; Sewer pipeline construction; Simulation; Simulation interaction interface

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-07-12

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