ALICE is being used to supplement the 'optioneering' of planners and project managers working on the most complex projects
Construction projects are getting larger and more complex, and the range of factors that have to be addressed to improve their efficiency, save money and shorten schedules, etc. have also increased over the last few years. Whereas earlier projects had to potentially contend with difficult site locations, specialized equipment and construction technologies, local building constraints and even historical preservation requirements, current issues that have to be taken into account include global labour and material shortages, constrained resource supply chain, increasingly stringent construction requirements regarding health and safety and, of course, sustainability.
This is especially relevant in heavy civil construction projects, which often encompass large or linear footprints, above and subsurface construction, and which may span many miles - a typical example is HS2. These challenges also apply to industrial projects, which typically involve complex engineering and procurement challenges.
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If you want to read Construction Computing's May/June volume visit this link. This article, ALICE's adventures overground, is featured on pages 18 & 19 of the interactive e-magazine.