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APRT-FMEA buffer sizing method in scheduling of a wind farm construction project

Shakib Zohrehvandi (Department of Industrial Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran)
Mohammad Khalilzadeh (Department of Industrial Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 10 May 2019

Issue publication date: 10 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present an efficient model for project buffer sizing by taking failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) into account to reach a more realistic schedule.

Design/methodology/approach

In the first phase of the project, several turbines were installed according to the primary schedule with an average duration of 142 days. Then, some of critical chain project management algorithms were separately applied in the implementation and installation of the other wind turbines. The adaptive procedure with resource tightness (APRT) method turned out to be the best method in terms of obtaining a more realistic schedule in this case study. Finally, FMEA was simultaneously applied with APRT.

Findings

Applying the hybrid method to the scheduling of the wind turbines, yielded the more realistic schedule than traditional.

Research limitations/implications

The proposed hybrid APRT-FMEA algorithm was implemented on a real wind farm construction project which was completed with 37 percent shorter duration than the initial estimation; in spite of the initial estimation of 142 days, the project completed in 103 days.

Practical implications

Introducing and implementing a new algorithm which is a combination of buffer sizing algorithms and one of the well-known and mostly used risk assessment methods in order to provide the more realistic project schedule in the construction of wind turbines.

Originality/value

Introducing and implementing a novel algorithm which is a combination of conventional buffer sizing method and one of the efficient risk assessment methods in order to make the schedule more realistic.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to all of those with whom they have had the pleasure to work during this and other related projects.

Citation

Zohrehvandi, S. and Khalilzadeh, M. (2019), "APRT-FMEA buffer sizing method in scheduling of a wind farm construction project", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 26 No. 6, pp. 1129-1150. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-04-2018-0161

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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