Labor crew workspace analysis for prefabricated assemblies’ installation

Qiankun Wang (Department of Management Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China)
Zeng Guo (School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China)
Tingting Mei (Department of Management Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China)
Qianyao Li (School of Civil Engineering and Management, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China)
Peng Li (School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 16 April 2018

Abstract

Purpose

Construction industrialization is emerging in the construction industry, as a result, buildings with prefabricated assemblies are gaining more and more ground. In most situations, the prefabricated building assemblies are installed by labor crews manually. If some assemblies are ill-designed, clashes between labor crews’ workspaces and them may occur, which will have bad effect on workers’ productivity and even incur hazard. The purpose of this paper is to provide a 4D building information modeling (BIM) based approach to find potential workspace conflicts during the installation process of prefabricated building assemblies in the detailed design process so as to eliminate them in advance.

Design/methodology/approach

First, a workspace modeling method is provided; second, three kinds of workspace conflicts are analyzed; third, a 4D-BIM-based approach is established; fourth, a prototype tool based on the approach is developed; and finally, a case study is conducted to test the tool.

Findings

The result shows that the proposed tool can detect or precaution workspace conflicts and visualize them in a series of views; in doing so, valuable information can be obtained for improving the design quality of prefabricated assemblies.

Research limitations/implications

The proposed approach and tool only concern the congestions caused by ill-designed prefabricated components; the tool needed to be further optimized for speed; the tests on the tool are limited to a single case study; and more tests are needed to verify its effectiveness.

Originality/value

This research provides a 4D-BIM-based approach and a prototype tool for installation workspace analysis. It can be used to provide support for design optimization of prefabricated building assemblies.

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Citation

Wang, Q., Guo, Z., Mei, T., Li, Q. and Li, P. (2018), "Labor crew workspace analysis for prefabricated assemblies’ installation", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 374-411. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-09-2016-0210

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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