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Scaffolding Estimate
Industrial Construction Project
Data mining
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Wu, Lingzi
Supervisor and department
Yasser, Mohamed (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Aminah, Robinson Fayek (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Marwan, El-Rich (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Yasser, Mohamed (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management
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Master of Science
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Industrial construction covers a wide range of projects including petroleum refineries, chemical and power plants, which involve several disciplines such as civil, mechanical, and electrical. Different trades often depend on scaffolds to access their work areas. Quantification of scaffold requirements for large projects is difficult due to variability in work area heights and congestion, and availability of information. Metrics are generally based on a percentage of total direct trade man-hours. This thesis presents research that aims at developing better understanding and estimates of scaffold needs for industrial construction projects, based on historical data from a mega industrial construction project over the course of two and a half years. This study seeks to discover hidden patterns and reliable correlations that may exist between required scaffold hours and other work attributes such as type of trade, height of scaffold, and other attributes that are relevant using data mining technique.
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