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Journal of Construction Engineering
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 847430, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/847430
Research Article

Hybrid Simulation Environment for Construction Projects: Identification of System Design Criteria

1Centre for Project Management Excellence, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
2Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4

Received 27 January 2014; Accepted 28 May 2014; Published 29 June 2014

Academic Editor: Eric Lui

Copyright © 2014 Mohamed Moussa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Large construction projects are complex, dynamic, and unpredictable. They are subject to external and uncontrollable events that affect their schedule and financial outcomes. Project managers take decisions along the lifecycle of the projects to align with projects objectives. These decisions are data dependent where data change over time. Simulation-based modeling and experimentation of such dynamic environment are a challenge. Modeling of large projects or multiprojects is difficult and impractical for standalone computers. This paper presents the criteria required in a simulation environment suitable for modeling large and complex systems such as construction projects to support their lifecycle management. Also presented is a platform that encompasses the identified criteria. The objective of the platform is to facilitate and simplify the simulation and modeling process and enable the inclusion of complexity in simulation models.