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Title: Reliability buffering for construction projects
Authors: Park, M. 
Peña-Mora, F.
Keywords: Buffeting
Construction management
Project management
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: Park, M., Peña-Mora, F. (2004). Reliability buffering for construction projects. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 130 (5) : 626-637. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Buffering is a common practice in project planning. Project managers or schedulers have used a time contingency to guarantee the completion time of either an activity or a project. This traditional buffering, however, often fails to protect the project schedule performance, resulting in an unnecessary resource idle time. To deal with this problem, reliability buffering, a simulation-based buffering strategy, is presented. Reliability buffering aims to generate a robust construction plan that protects against uncertainties by reducing the potential impact of construction changes. The effectiveness of reliability buffering is examined by simulating a dynamic project model that integrates the simulation approach with the network scheduling approach. The research results indicate that reliability buffering can help achieve a shorter project duration without driving up costs by pooling, resizing, relocating, and recharacterizing contingency buffers. A case study of bridge construction projects also demonstrates how construction projects can benefit from reliability buffering in real world settings. Although further validation is needed, reliability buffering can potentially impact the planning and control of construction projects by improving the consideration of construction feedbacks and characteristics in buffering, and serving as an input to a dynamic project model.
Source Title: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
ISSN: 07339364
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2004)130:5(626)
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