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Modeling and analysis of concrete production plant using Petri nets.

Sawhney, A.; Abudayyeh, O.; Chaitavatputtiporn, T.

In: Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Vol. 13, No. 3, pages 178-186. 1999.

Abstract: Computer modeling and analysis of construction processes have gained importance in recent years because of an increase in the complexity of construction processes. Petri nets provide a modeling and analysis approach that can be used to effectively study, understand, analyze, and improve construction processes. This paper highlights the advanced features of Petri nets and describes their utilization as a process modeling and analysis tool for the study of a ready-mix concrete plant. Usually process modeling and analysis are performed by initially developing a graphical portrayal of the process and then dynamically studying the response of the process to external and internal factors. A Petri net is a formal graphical modeling tool that can be efficiently utilized as a process modeling and analysis tool because it can graphically portray and dynamically analyze a process in an integrated manner. The paper contributes significantly in the area of computer-based decision making and provides value to practicing schedulers, estimators, and project managers who deal with complex construction processes.

Keywords: Petri nets, construction processes, production plants.

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