Advantages of the Activity Scanning Approach in
Modeling Complex Construction Processes

Construction processes are very complex and include
highly interdependent components subject to complex
activity startup conditions. A simulation language based
on activity cycle diagrams can express the logic of
complex simulation models very effectively. This paper
uses Stroboscope, a three-phase activity scanning
simulation language based on extended activity cycle
diagrams, to model the operations of a quarry. Although
simplified to allow a complete discussion within the
space limitations of this paper, this example is
representative of the complex nature of construction

Julio C. Martinez and Photios G. Ioannou
Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125, U.S.A.


STROBOSCOPE, construction, simulation, modeling, animation, quarry, drill, blast, rock, aggregate, resource, activity scanning, process interaction.

Martinez, J.C., P.G. Ioannou, "Advantages of the Activity Scanning Approach in Modeling Complex Construction Processes," Proceedings, 1995 Winter Simulation Conference, 1024-1031, Washington, DC, December, 1995.