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Construction project planning and scheduling as a dynamic system: a content analysis of the current status, technologies and forward action

Okechukwu Bruno-Kizito Nwadigo (Built Environment, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Nicola Naismith (Built Environment Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Ali GhaffarianHoseini (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Amirhosein GhaffarianHoseini (Built Environment Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
John Tookey (Built Environment Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)

Smart and Sustainable Built Environment

ISSN: 2046-6099

Article publication date: 1 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Dynamic planning and scheduling forms a widely adopted smart strategy for solving real-world problems in diverse business systems. This paper uses deductive content analysis to explore secondary data from previous studies in dynamic planning and scheduling to draw conclusions on its current status, forward action and research needs in construction management.

Design/methodology/approach

We searched academic databases using planning and scheduling keywords without a periodic setting. This research collected secondary data from the database to draw an objective comparison of categories and conclusions about how the data relates to planning and scheduling to avoid the subjective responses from questionnaires and interviews. Then, applying inclusion and exclusion criteria, we selected one hundred and four articles. Finally, the study used a seven-step deductive content analysis to develop the categorisation matrix and sub-themes for describing the dynamic planning and scheduling categories. We used deductive analysis because of the secondary data and categories comparison. Using the event types represented in a quadrant mapping, we delve into where, when, application and benefits of the classes.

Findings

The content analysis showed that all the accounts and descriptions of dynamic planning and scheduling are identifiable in an extensive research database. The content analysis reveals the need for multi-hybrid (4D BIM-Agent based-discrete event-discrete rate-system dynamics) simulation modelling and optimisation method for proffering solutions to scheduling and planning problems, its current status, tools and obstacles.

Originality/value

This research reveals the deductive content analysis talent in construction research. It also draws direction, focuses and raises a question on dynamic planning and scheduling research concerning the five-integrated model, an opportunity for their integration, models combined attributes and insight into its solution viability in construction.

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Citation

Nwadigo, O.B.-K., Naismith, N., GhaffarianHoseini, A., GhaffarianHoseini, A. and Tookey, J. (2021), "Construction project planning and scheduling as a dynamic system: a content analysis of the current status, technologies and forward action", Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-02-2021-0022

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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