Geotechnical Design and Construction
|Corresponding Author: Mangini, Mauro|
|Author(s): Mangini, M.(*), and Sparacello, M.H. (+)|
|Organisation(s): (*) D'appolonia S.p.A, Genova (Italy), (+) General Construction Company S.A., Athens (Greece)|
|The construction phase of a large project requires the selection of
the most appropriate construction techniques and the strict co-ordination
of a large number of activities and resources. The effectiveness of selection
and the co-ordination efficiency significantly influence total construction
time and cost.
This work package aims to promote, by means of artificial intelligence techniques, a concurrent engineering approach to the geotechnical construction works. It will contribute to the selection of the most appropriate “design for construction” solution among all possible alternatives, and the identification of the need for specific site preparation techniques, providing a feedback to the design phase.
A Geotechnical Works System for model-ling, simulation and co-ordination
of geotech-nical construction activities in large scale engineering projects
has been defined and implemented. The term "geotechnical const-ruction
activities" indicates field activities requiring support of the geotechnical
designer, or related to earth and foundation works.
The system can review construction activities, which can be verified by means of simu-lation techniques. For complex and inter-related activity configurations, the simulation techniques are the most appropriate approach to forecast the stage of work completion versus time, that is "what is needed and when". The results of such analyses can be compared with the original construction plans for verification. Hence, the construction simulation enables optimal allocation of materials, labour and machinery resources. The results of the simulation are used as a feed-back for the design/construction plans of the facility. The system will be composed of several modules.