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The integration of price/cost modelling and construction planning - the automated generation of construc­tion operation

P. A. Bowen, G. J. Erwin, G. K. le Roux
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 16, No 2 | a666 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v16i2.666 | © 1997 P. A. Bowen, G. J. Erwin, G. K. le Roux | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 July 1997 | Published: 11 July 1997

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P. A. Bowen,, South Africa
G. J. Erwin,, South Africa
G. K. le Roux,, South Africa

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The fact that traditional price/cost models are unrelated to the construction process renders them largely unsuited to the provision of meaningful price/cost advice. The nature and lengthiness of the construction planning process has precluded its incorporation into price/cost modelling during the pre-tender phase of the traditional building procurement process. The nub of the modelling problem has been how to integrate the complex process of construction planning into the pre-tender price/cost modelling process. In this paper the authors propose the synthesis of artificial intelligence techniques and construction planning techniques, resulting in a conceptual framework for a network-based cost modelling system for use by quantity surveyors in the cost modelling of buildings.


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