Application of discrete-event simulation to investigate effects of client order behaviour on off-site manufacturing performance in Australia

Sherif Mostafa, Nicholas Chileshe
  • Architectural Engineering and Design Management, March 2017, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/17452007.2017.1301367

Discrete-event simulation to investigate effects of client order behaviour on off-site construction

What is it about?

This paper investigates the effects of client order behaviour on the performance of OSM within the Australian housebuilding context using discrete-event simulation (DES). The data used to develop the conceptual model were based on a review of 21 related technical documents and interviews with 13 OSM experts in Australia. The operational data used for executing the simulation model were collected through a questionnaire survey of 30 builders as well as three one-day site visits to the fabrication facilities and construction sites of three major building organisations in Australia.

Why is it important?

The simulation model assisted in experimentation with four scenarios that represent client order interaction in the OSM system in Australia. The model simulation results showed noteworthy improvements in the house completion time and the number of completed client orders per year.


Dr Sherif Mostafa
Griffith University

The article covers the entire system of offsite construction, from receiving client order until house completion and handover. The DES was used to examine different client intervention behaviour within the offsite system.

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