Advantages of the Activity Scanning Approach in Modeling Complex Construction Processes


Julio C. Martinez & Photios G. Ioannou
Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125, U.S.A.


This paper presents an activity-scanning simulation model for the familiar barbershop problem where customers have favorites, barbers may not show up for work, and customers may get impatient and leave. This example illustrates the mechanisms for matching customers to barbers or barbers to customers and argues that either approach may be implemented in an activity scanning system without altering the basic model structure. The solution to this problem is described in detail using a simulation model written in STROBOSCOPE.


STROBOSCOPE, construction, simulation, modeling , animation, barbershop, barber, customer, service, resource, matching, activity scanning, process interaction.


Martinez, J.C., P.G. Ioannou, "Advantages of the Activity Scanning Approach in Modeling Complex Construction Processes," Proceedings, 1995 Winter Simulation Conference, 1024-1031, Washington, DC, December, 1995.

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