Computer simulation and analysis framework for floating caisson construction operations

John Paris Pantouvakis, Antonios Panas

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The aim of the research is twofold; the development and implementation of a floating caisson fabrication process simulation platform (CaissonSim) which will also cater for statistical analyses and the founding of a methodological framework investigating system response variations. A general purpose simulation language (Stroboscope) was used for modeling and the analysis took into consideration variables such as resource deployment strategies, task execution sequence and physical parameters. Following a brief presentation of CaissonSim development process and main components, a real large-scale infrastructure project is examined to ensure the system's applicability and usefulness. In addition, critical production parameters are analyzed for sensitivity. The slipforming activity is the key driver of the whole production process, a fact which may be elusive by using different approaches to the problem. As such, CaissonSim is a practical tool of use to both academics and practitioners in analyzing floating caisson fabrication activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-207
Number of pages12
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - May 29 2013


  • Floating caissons
  • Model
  • Productivity
  • Resources
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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