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The right place at the right time: assisting spatio-temporal planning in construction

Kelsey, J; (2003) The right place at the right time: assisting spatio-temporal planning in construction. In: (Proceedings) Proceedings of \'Knowledge Construction\' Joint International Symposium of CIB Working Commissions: W55 (Building Economics), W65 (Organisation and Management of Construction) & W107 (Construction in Developing Countries). National University of Singapore: Singapore. Green open access

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21st - 24th October 2003 This paper describes research carried out for requirements capture in the development of a computer-based decision support tool (VIRCON) for space-time scheduling and visualisation of construction tasks. The focus was on pre-tender work and involved interviews with construction planners. Both space-time scheduling and visualisation of tasks are largely informal/intuitive processes for planners. They form an important part of the planner\'s risk identification function. Planners tend to opt for a robust spatio-temporal schedule rather than an optimal one. They require decision support tools that are quick and easy to use rather than highly sophisticated. The research highlights the extent to which construction planning is a communicative and co-operative activity in addition to a complex problem-solving one. Questions arise about the cost to the client of non-involvement by the construction planner at the design stage, the costs of short pre-tender periods, inadequate design data and sub-optimal construction periods specified in tender documents.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The right place at the right time: assisting spatio-temporal planning in construction
Event: Proceedings of \'Knowledge Construction\' Joint International Symposium of CIB Working Commissions: W55 (Building Economics), W65 (Organisation and Management of Construction) & W107 (Construction in Developing Countries)
Dates: 21 October 2003 - 24 October 2003
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 16th May 2007
Keywords: Communications, decision support tools, pre-tender planning, risk identification, space-time scheduling, task visualisation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett Sch of Const and Proj Mgt
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3012
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