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Hybrid Simulation in Construction


Special issue call for papers from Construction Innovation

Simulation has proven to be a popular modelling method by enabling real world systems to be represented in a virtual environment, allowing the impact of different managerial actions to be assessed in a risk-free environment. Recently, Hybrid Simulation (HS) has gained a lot of attention when modelling highly dynamic and complex systems by combining two or more simulation methods.

Simulation models are well established in construction management research, with System Dynamics (SD), Agent Based Modeling (ABM), and Discrete Event Simulation (DES), being increasingly utilized. Each of the alternative simulation methods offer a different perspective and explain system behaviour through the underlying influencing factors. By using a single simulation paradigm, it is hard to account for the dynamic behaviour of construction systems as there is a need to address a range of influencing factors. Construction systems are influenced by operational-level variables, interactions between agents and context-level variables. These variables can be modelled by DES, ABM and SD modelling methods, respectively. These simulation methods can be hybridised to aid understanding of different aspects of the system. HS presents a methodology enabling modellers to benefit from the capabilities of one simulation method whilst compensating for the deficiencies of another simulation method. HS allows us to model complex construction systems more effectively by accounting for a wider range of underlying influencing factors.

The main aim of this special issue of Construction Innovation is to devote significant attention to publishing the latest developments and findings on hybrid simulation and its applications in construction. The specific aims are as follow:

  • Discussing the latest developments and findings on HS
  • Demonstrate the necessity of using HS to model highly complex and dynamic systems/problems more efficiently
  • Provide case studies of hybrid simulation applications within the construction sector
  • Demonstrate the capabilities of HS models in construction management research and its application areas

Potential topics of submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Development and application of innovative HS models to construction (e.g., SD-ABM, SD-DES, ABM-DES, SD-ABM-DES)
  • Integration with Building Information Modelling (BIM) related applications built on other simulation logic (e.g., 4D scheduling)
  • Propose frameworks for describing how different simulation methods can be combined in a hybrid model
  • Policy optimization and implications in construction using HS
  • HS applications in decision making
  • HS applications in optimizing construction operations
  • Development of new methods for conceptual modelling for HS
  • Validation methods for HS
  • Formalization of the modeling steps for HS
  • Data-driven HS (e.g., combining with IoTs)

Submission Information

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2020

All submissions must be made via the journal's ScholarOne page. Please read the author guidelines before submitting.

If you have any queries about your submission, please get in touch with the Guest Editors.

Guest Editors

Farnad Nasirzadeh
Deakin University, Australia
[email protected]

Susan Howick
University of Strathclyde, UK
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SangHyun Lee
University of Michigan, USA
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