Accession Number : AD0782913

Title :   A Heuristic Model for Predicting Bridge Construction Requirements.

Descriptive Note : Technical manuscript,

Corporate Author : ARMY CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB CHAMPAIGN ILL

Personal Author(s) : Ryan,T. C.

Report Date : JUL 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 119

Abstract : Research is directed to formulating a bridge and resource requirements simulation model for use by program managers concerned with the ground lines-of-communication sector of the construction industry. Bridge alternatives are designed and selected to reduce the obstacle effect of the terrain such that commodities flow (traffic) along the line-of-communication (highway) is improved. The resulting tool provides a heuristic high-resolution model for policy testing and decision making in a highly dynamic system involving non-commensurable objectives such as cost, time and manpower. The problem of predicting bridge and resource requirements is defined through a systematic analysis of the bridge construction system's purpose, components, constraints and required information. Examples of the need for accurate prediction of requirements are discussed for both the civilian and military applications. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Bridges, *Construction, Heuristic methods, Decision making, Site selection, Military requirements, Predictions, Computerized simulation, Theses

Subject Categories : Civil Engineering
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE