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A fuzzy logic decision support system for routing materials on construction sites

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Yang J, Edwards D, Nicholas J

A fuzzy logic decision support system for routing materials on construction sites

Abstract: The ability to accurately plan and visualise routes for materials movement on complex construction sites is a major determinate of project success (or conversely failure). However, materials routing design complexity and the bespoke nature of individual projects places a unique burden upon project planners and site managers. This paper presents a software tool, called Virtual Construction Material Router (VCMR) that can generate materials routing scenarios sequences based on: i) site layout; ii) delivery routes; iii) construction activity schedules; and iv) temporary accommodation location. The heart of the VCMR is a Geographic Information System (GIS), fuzzy logic based decision-support system, which enables planners to determine the most appropriate route for material deployment. The system also has the inherent ability to enable planners to select and visualise the most suitable material movement routes. Validity of the developed VCMR system was achieved by observing model accuracy when employed on two complex construction sites.

Keywords: materials route, decision support systems, visualisation, fuzzy logic, GIS

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