Enhancing construction claims analysis using computer simulation

Diya Al Malah, Sasan Golnaraghi, Adhem Biok, Ramy Elfaizy, Tarek Zayed

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Construction industry is described as a risky, complex, and multi-stakeholder business. In the domain of construction, on-time and within budget completion is an imperative; but unanticipated delays and its subsequent costly claims remain as an ongoing challenge. Construction claims are usually caused by experiencing alternate scenarios that vary from the project's original baseline. An effective presentation of causal relationships facilitates claim resolution procedure. In fact, the improvement of claim analysis process depends on enhancing the accuracy and the illustration of a claim case. This paper shows the benefits of using modeling and simulation concurrent with traditional claim analysis techniques such as the Measured Mile Method. Furthermore, simulation can be used as a standalone solution, to improve time extension and loss of productivity calculations prior project completion. In addition, simulation improves claim cases legibility for all stakeholders, especially those who have minimum construction knowledge. This objective was illustrated in an actual tunneling construction claim case-study. Simulation was utilized to demonstrate and analyze the conflict between the as-planned and the as-built conditions at the construction site. Simulation model built for the impacted event accurately predicted the time extension required due to unexpected soil condition. Productivity rates were analyzed using two methods: Simulation and the Measured Mile Method. The results exhibited the importance of utilizing simulation in evaluating construction claims.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings, Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
PublisherCanadian Society for Civil Engineering
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2013: Know-How - Savoir-Faire, CSCE 2013 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 29 May 20131 Jun 2013


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2013: Know-How - Savoir-Faire, CSCE 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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