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Title: A procedure for quantitatively evaluating site layout alternatives
Authors: Li, Z
Anson, M 
Li, G
Keywords: Material flow
Quantitative evaluation
Site layout
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Construction management and economics, 2001, v. 19, no. 5, p. 459-467 How to cite?
Journal: Construction management and economics 
Abstract: Construction site layout decisions affect the effort involved in materials handling, an activity which occupies a substantial portion of working time. Much computer software has been developed enabling construction managers to plan and visualize the layout of a construction site, but at present the lack of an accepted practical technique for evaluating the efficiency of a chosen site layout makes it difficult to choose objectively between possibilities, in the search for a better layout design. The research described in this paper explores the practicability of an evaluation procedure intended to help improve this situation, and effectively describes the use of a quantitative material flow network model as the basis for evaluating the efficiency of a given site layout option. The evaluation measure, 'total material flow time', is calculated as part of an evaluation procedure. A site trial of the procedure is described, and its necessary development into a computer assisted procedure is discussed.
ISSN: 0144-6193
EISSN: 1466-433X
DOI: 10.1080/01446190110044825
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