Advantages of the Activity Scanning Approach in

Modeling Complex Construction Processes


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



Julio C. Martinez and Photios G. Ioannou

Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125, U.S.A.



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


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.