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A Conceptual Cost Comparison Study
Conceptual Cost Estimation
Modular Construction
Offshore Construction
Cost Comparison
Type of item
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Sedaghat, Nassim
Supervisor and department
AbouRizk, Simaan (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Robinson Fayek, Aminah (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
El-Basyouny, Karim (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
AbouRizk, Simaan (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management
Date accepted
Graduation date
Master of Science
Degree level
In recent years, the lower cost of construction resources in overseas countries (e.g. China and Korea) and advancements in transportation have increased the interest in offshore fabrication and assembly of industrial modules as an alternative to local assembly in Alberta, Canada. Many research studies have addressed the differences between modular and conventional methods of construction and developed decision support tools to assist the management team in selecting the best construction method. However, no study has investigated the effect of overseas fabrication and assembly on the cost of modular construction projects. This research study attempts to facilitate the performance of cost comparison at the conceptual stage between the local and foreign fabrication and assembly of industrial modules. In this study, the cost items required for conducting conceptual cost comparisons between the Alberta and overseas module fabrication and assembly are identified by interviewing experts in modular industrial construction. Moreover, a new method is proposed to investigate the differences between the Alberta and overseas fabrication and assembly of modules in terms of module quantity and required material. Furthermore, a statistical simulation model is developed to perform a cost comparison study between Alberta and overseas module assembly that can be used in future conceptual cost estimations of similar projects. This research assists project managers in comparing alternative assembly locations in industrial modular projects by providing a list of cost items, conducting a comparison between local and overseas module construction on two industrial projects, and developing a simulation tool for performing cost comparison studies on such projects.
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