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Construction of a 5D duration and cost optimisation model based on genetic algorithm and BIM

Wei He (College of Architectural Engineering and Mechanics, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao, China)
Yichao Shi (College of Architectural Engineering and Mechanics, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao, China)
Dewei Kong (College of Information Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao, China)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 25 June 2019

Issue publication date: 3 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The construction industry is characterized by a long construction period, high cost and many uncontrollable factors. The owners and contractors are increasingly focusing on the efficiency of their construction and costs in pursuit of greater economic benefits. However, current methods used in the construction period and cost optimization analysis with multiple constraints the have their own limitations. Therefore, this study aims to propose a combination of genetic algorithm (GA) and building information modeling (BIM) to construct a five-dimensional construction duration-cost optimization model with the advantages of optimization and simulation for optimization.

Design/methodology/approach

This design first analyzed the characteristics of changing construction period and cost and then improved the genetic mechanism and the data processing method in the GA according to the aforementioned characteristics. Then, BIM technology was combined with GA to testify the feasibility of the model in the practical engineering project.

Findings

The result proved that this new method was reasonable and effective in dealing with the complicated problem of period and cost. GA accelerated the optimization process and yielded a reliable Pareto solution. BIM technology simulated the construction process before construction to increase the feasibility of the construction scheme.

Originality/value

This method not only can rapidly provide the best construction period/cost decision to the architect according to the previous working period/cost or contract data that can meet the demands of the architect but also visualize the construction and give a dynamic schedule of the project.

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Citation

He, W., Shi, Y. and Kong, D. (2019), "Construction of a 5D duration and cost optimisation model based on genetic algorithm and BIM", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 17 No. 5, pp. 929-942. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-12-2018-0214

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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