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Title: HKCONSIM : a practical simulation solution to planning concrete plant operations in Hong Kong
Authors: Lu, M
Anson, M
Tang, SL
Ying, KC
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Source: Journal of construction engineering and management, 2003, v. 129, no. 5, p. 547-554 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of construction engineering and management 
Abstract: Newly developed approaches for construction simulation have been used to model the one-plant-multisite ready mixed concrete (RMC) production system, validated by real-life operations data in Hong Kong. HKCONSIM—a computer system for simulation modeling and analysis of Hong Kong’s RMC production operations was developed in-house. The system is suitable for the resource provision planning and the production planning of a RMC plant, so as to meet given demands at a number of sites for concrete over a working day. The emphasis of the simulation modeling is on the interactions of multiple sites with the plant, and the objective is to improve the supply service levels and the utilization of plant resources. One significant improvement achieved via the research is that to simulate the RMC production operations with HKCONSIM does not require familiarity by the user with any software-specific terminology and modeling schematics, in contrast with existing simulation methods; the process of constructing a simulation model is reduced to specifying the attributes for each pour and site and providing the plant and truckmixer resources available on self-explanatory on-screen forms. Therefore, by experimenting on a HKCONSIM produced model the user, being a practitioner in the concreting industry, can readily study complicated relationships between the pattern of demand for concrete, the resources available to the system, and the service levels achieved together with the utilization levels achieved for the resources involved. Conclusions are given on the research and recommendations for future work made.
ISSN: 0733-9364
EISSN: 1943-7862
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2003)129:5(547)
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