Simulation of mobile falsework utilization methods in bridge construction

He Xu Liu, Ming Fung Siu, Ronald Ekyalimpa, Ming Lu, Simaan Abourizk, Sebastian Hollermann, Hans Joachim Bargstadt

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Scaffolds and shoring systems are generally referred to as the falsework in bridge construction, serving as temporary structures to support bridge span construction. The falsework cost usually accounts for 50-70% of the total project concrete budget. Falsework installation and advancing methods can greatly impact the completion time and actual cost. Thus, simulation can be instrumental in planning bridge construction operations and analyzing various options by evaluating postulated 'what-if' scenarios. This study uses a previously constructed bridge in Sweden as a case study to test three feasible construction sequence alternatives. One of these alternatives was implemented on the actual construction of this bridge. Modeling was performed in Simphony, which captures the unique construction sequence requirements and constraints, resulting in project durations for each alternative. Results from simulation experiments were corroborated by the construction engineer who had worked on the bridge project in terms of the advantages that each alternative method possesses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2012 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 9 Dec 201212 Dec 2012


Conference2012 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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