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Simulation and Optimization of Utility Tunnels Construction

Mohamed A. Sherif, Abdelhamid Abdallah, and Khaled Nasser
Department of Construction Engineering, the American university in Cairo, Fifth Settlement, Egypt

Abstract— The utility tunnels are major features in several projects on different scales ranges from different sizes of campuses like university and hospital campuses to large scale utility tunnels used in mega residential projects and airports. They are usually the housing space for different utilities required for the projects that are on multi-building scale. The simulation of the construction of utility tunneling hasn’t received enough attention in research while tunneling in general has been studied significantly. The scheduling and planning of utility tunnels as an example of linear projects are facing big challenges of optimizing the project duration, work balance and utilization of the available resources. Linear Projects consist of several similar elements with repeated activities from one element to the other. This paper will propose a discrete event simulation model to plan the construction sequence of utility tunnels with optimum duration and resources. It also represents a case study as an example for a utility tunnel construction in Egypt.

Index Terms— utility, tunnels, simulation, modeling, construction, scheduling, planning, management

Cite: Mohamed A. Sherif, Abdelhamid Abdallah, and Khaled Nasser, "Simulation and Optimization of Utility Tunnels Construction," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 180-186, May 2020. doi: 10.18178/ijscer.9.2.180-186