Advantages of the Activity Scanning Approach in
Modeling Complex Construction Processes


ABSTRACT 
Construction processes are very complex and include
highly interdependent components subject to complex
activity startup conditions. A simulation language based
on activity cycle diagrams can express the logic of
complex simulation models very effectively. This paper
uses Stroboscope, a three-phase activity scanning
simulation language based on extended activity cycle
diagrams, to model the operations of a quarry. Although
simplified to allow a complete discussion within the
space limitations of this paper, this example is
representative of the complex nature of construction
operations.

AUTHORS 
Julio C. Martinez and Photios G. Ioannou
Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125, U.S.A.
e-mail: photios@umich.edu


KEYWORDS 

STROBOSCOPE, construction, simulation, modeling, animation, quarry, drill, blast, rock, aggregate, resource, activity scanning, process interaction.


AVAILABILITY 
Martinez, J.C., P.G. Ioannou, "Advantages of the Activity Scanning Approach in Modeling Complex Construction Processes," Proceedings, 1995 Winter Simulation Conference, 1024-1031, Washington, DC, December, 1995.