Modeling resource management in the building design process by information constraint Petri nets

Feifei Cheng, Heng Li, Y. W. Wang, Martin Skitmore, Perry Forsythe

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The effect of resource management on the building design process directly influences the development cycle time and success of construction projects. This paper presents the information constraint net (ICN) to represent the complex information constraint relations among design activities involved in the building design process. An algorithm is developed to transform the information constraints throughout the ICN into a Petri net model. A resource management model is developed using the ICN to simulate and optimize resource allocation in the design process. An example is provided to justify the proposed model through a simulation analysis of the CPN Tools platform in the detailed structural design. The result demonstrates that the proposed approach can obtain the resource management and optimization needed for shortening the development cycle and optimal allocation of resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-99
Number of pages8
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Building design
  • Information constraint net
  • Petri nets
  • Resource management
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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