Integrating Simulation and Emission Models for Equipment Cost Analysis in Earthmoving Operations: Application Framework.

  • Author / Creator
    Diaz Hernandez, Nicolas
  • The construction industry is one of the major economic sectors that exert substantial influence on the state of the environment. There has been extensive research endeavors to develop methods and materials that are intended to turn this industry more cost-efficient while mitigating negative environmental impacts. However, the industry still creates a significant burden on the environment and further research and development on sustainability is desired by the construction industry and the society at large. This research aims to develop a methodology to address the immediate need for improving the sustainability performance of construction projects. To do so, this thesis develops an application framework that integrates simulation and emission models for equipment cost analysis in earthmoving operations. The application framework is based on the concepts of lean and green construction and the quantitative analytical models based on field measurements by Lewis (2009). Ultimately, the application framework represents a guideline that clearly defines the required information and system logic in order to develop simulation models that will select appropriate construction equipment considering greenhouse emissions and productivity performance simultaneously. The thesis also includes a case study in earthwork construction to demonstrate the practical application and effectiveness of the proposed methodology.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2021
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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