Object Oriented Approach in Construction Simulation

Hong Zhang* and C. M. Tam

Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon,
Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. E-mail: 50001778@alumni.cityu.edu.hk  (* corresponding author)

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This paper discusses the application of the object-oriented (OO) approach to discrete-event simulation for construction. After discussing some simulation strategies for construction-oriented simulation systems, the activity object-oriented (AOO) simulation strategy for modelling construction operations is focused on. The object-oriented (OO) approach, including object-oriented modelling concept and certain mechanisms of OO programming, is merged with an activity scanning (AS) simulation strategy in developing the AOO simulation strategy that regards activities as objects. The paper also describes the AOO graphical modelling interface associated with the AOO simulation strategy.

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