The purpose of managing and improving the off-site construction process is to achieve better work flow in order to deliver the prefabricated products to the construction site at the right time. In this paper, a modelling process of the precast concrete manufacturing system using simulation technology is presented. The precast manufacturing system involves repetitive parallel labour-driven processes. A multi-shift work pattern for a set of workers is applied in each production process. Discrete-event simulation modelling is adopted to simulate such precast manufacturing systems. ARENA Rockwell simulation software is used as a tool in order to carry out the modelling issue. A simulation module limitation is addressed while modelling such labour-driven processes especially when using the current PROCESS module. In order to overcome this limitation, a special PROCESS template module is developed to enrich resources shift modelling capabilities in such simulation software. A case study is presented to validate and demonstrate the applicability of the developed PROCESS module in solving resource shift modelling issues in the precast labour-driven process production system. The results showed that the developed PROCESS module enabled efficiently modelling of different working shifts of workers.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||The OR Society OR53 Annual Conference 2011 - Nottingham, United Kingdom|
Duration: 6 Sep 2011 → 8 Sep 2011
|Conference||The OR Society OR53 Annual Conference 2011|
|Period||6/09/11 → 8/09/11|
- Simulation modelling
- Repetitive-parallel process layout
- Labour-driven process
- PROCESS module
Al Bazi, A., Dawood, N., & Bijlsma, R. (2011). Modelling Labour-Intensive Precast Concrete Manufacturing Systems Using Simulation Technology: Limitation and Solutions. 77-81. Paper presented at The OR Society OR53 Annual Conference 2011, Nottingham, United Kingdom.