MitC: Open-source software for construction project control and delay mitigation

Omar Kammouh*, M. W.A.(Maurits) Kok, Maria Nogal, Ruud Binnekamp, A. R.M.(Rogier) Wolfert

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Abstract

Changes in a construction project schedule can impact the project's planned duration, resulting in penalties. A manual trial-and-error probabilistic approach is usually conducted to find an appropriate set of corrective measures to mitigate delays of the overall project. However, this approach does not capture the actual goal-oriented behavior of project managers who react to the actual scenarios causing delays, leading to a fundamental modeling error. Moreover, it does not employ control and automation concepts when finding the optimal mitigation strategy. To remove this modeling error and to automate the mitigation process, the Mitigation Controller (MitC) software is developed. The MitC searches for the most cost-effective set of mitigation measures considering risk events and durations uncertainties of activities. Moreover, the MitC captures activity correlations and enables contractual penalty/reward schemes in the simulation. As a result, it returns the most effective mitigation strategy that minimizes the mitigation cost and penalty and maximizes the reward potential. The Mitigation Controller introduced here constitutes an open-source code written in Matlab

Original languageEnglish
Article number101023
Number of pages7
JournalSoftwareX
Volume18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Activity correlation
  • Corrective measure
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Penalty and reward
  • Project scheduling
  • Risk
  • Time-cost optimization
  • Uncertainty

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