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The Significance of Logistics Performance to Industrial Modular Construction Project under the “Big Site” Scenario Open Access


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Construction supply chain
Construction logistics
Modular construction
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Liu, Jiongyang
Supervisor and department
Ming, Lu (Civil Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Yasser, Mohamed (Civil Engineering)
Zhijun, Qiu(Civil Engineering)
Ming, Lu (Civil Engineering)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management
Date accepted
Graduation date
2016-06:Fall 2016
Master of Science
Degree level
In the industrial modular construction, the fabrication shops, module assembly yards and construction field usually are adjacently located and viewed as the “site”. The offshore sourcing of materials and prefabrication expands the site scope from local into global; hence, the site can be regarded as a “big site”. Though this expansion does not fundamentally change the basic processes in industrial modularization projects, it presents more challenges in project planning. Previous research efforts either focused on the material delivery process or the module assembly process alone, while the integration of both for evaluating the impact of logistics performances upon modular construction planning has yet to be addressed. Thus, a special logistics simulation template is developed based on the Simphony platform to facilitate the simulation modeling of module fabrication, transportation, assembly, and installation processes. Three key performance indicators, named as delivery efficiency, waiting-service ratio and occupancy rate are adapted from port management literature in order to assess the material deliveries at different transit locations along the supply chain. A practical case study representing modular construction practice is presented. The final module field installation schedule is modified based on the simulation results as the logistics constraints, in addition to site resource constraints and module interconnection technological constraints.
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