Document Detail

Title: RS154-1 - Electronic Simulation in Construction
Publication Date: 10/1/2001
Product Type: Research Summary
Status: Tool
Pages: 30
Provides a state-of-the-aRT-assessment of electronic simulation in construction. Points out areas of construction that could be enhanced with electronic simulation, and summarizes the industry's estimation of value-added through use of electronic simulation.
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Owners, engineers, construction managers, and contractors face numerous problems throughout the life cycle of a project (i.e., planning, design, construction, start-up, operation, and maintenance). These problems include:

  • Lack of comprehensive scope visualization and design review
  • Constructability, maintainability, and operability issues
  • Quality and safety issues
  • Cost and schedule control problems



The main purpose of this research was to identify, analyze, and evaluate the current use of interactive electronic simulation in construction. The results highlight the benefits, limitations, and barriers of electronic simulation in heavy industrial construction, and also establishes the state-of-the-art, state-of-practice, and the state-of-R&D for electronic simulation in construction.

The Electronic Simulation in Construction Research Team believes that many areas and practically all types of projects could significantly benefit from the use of electronic simulation. The research team developed a decision aid to assist users in selecting the most appropriate electronic simulation technology for their use.

With 92 percent of survey respondents agreeing that electronic simulation technology adds value to the project management process, it will remain an important field of review, consideration, and implementation facing CII membership.