In an increasingly competitive environment, construction professionals must ensure that efficient schedules are kept and that costs are kept to a minimum. Presenting a groundbreaking new construction scheduling model, CONSCOM, this book provides the solution to effective construction scheduling and cost optimization. Cost Scheduling, Cost Optimization and Management presents a general mathematical formulation for the scheduling of construction projects. Using this formula, repetitive and non-repetitive tasks, work continuity considerations, multiple-crew strategies, and the effects of varying job conditions on the performance of a crew can be modelled. The authors show that for any given construction duration, the CONSCOM model automatically yields the optimum construction schedule for minimum construction cost. By varying the construction duration, readers are shown how to solve the cost-duration trade-off construction cost. The model provides features desirable for repetitive projects such as highway construction and allows schedulers greater flexibility. It is particularly suitable for studying the effects of change on the construction cost.
This book presents an entirely new approach to the construction scheduling problem. It provides a practical methodology which will be of great benefit to all those involved in construction scheduling and cost optimization, including construction engineers, highway engineers, transportation engineers, contractors and architects. It will also be useful for researchers, and graduates on courses in construction scheduling and planning.
Hojjat Adeli is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodtic Science and Director of Knowledge Engineering Lab at The Ohio State University. He is a leading, world-renowned researcher and inventor and author of 340 research publications including nine highly acclaimed and pioneering books in the general field of computer-aided engineering (CAE). His ground-breaking research has appeared in 54 different scholarly journals covering many disciplines and had a profound impact on the direction of CAE research. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two prestigious journals Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering and Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours. In 1998, he was awarded the University Distinguished Scholar Award by The Ohio State University.