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The Application of Front End Planning and Special Purpose Simulation Templates to Drainage Tunnel Construction

  • Author / Creator
    Newstead, Sean A
  • The Construction Industry Institute (CII) has a best practice under the heading “Front End Planning” (1995) that is meant to ensure that projects are as complete, as optimized, and as certain as possible throughout the project life cycle. In order to demonstrate this, the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) was optimized to suit underground drainage tunnel construction. The rating index has been successfully used for 2 of 3 key area workshops to demonstrate the usefulness of this tool to both the case study and the construction industry. A special purpose simulation template was created for use in the simulation environment Simphony, specifically for underground drainage tunnel construction. This proved to be extremely helpful in the front end planning of the case construction project to confirm alternate construction alignments, construction methods, and what type of shifts and crews were necessary to meet a targeted construction budget and schedule deadline. The selected model was then updated throughout the construction phase of the project to confirm the necessary crews and schedule to complete the project within the deadline and budget.

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  • Graduation date
    2015-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R33J39855
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Construction Engineering and Managment
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Ming Lu (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Dr. Simon Abou Rizk (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Walied Mouusa (Mechanical Engineering)
    • Dr. Ming Lu (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Dr. Yasser Mohamed (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Dr. Simon Abou Rizk (Civil and Environmental Engineering)