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Frontiers of Engineering Management

Front. Eng    2019, Vol. 6 Issue (3) : 384-394
Proposing a “lean and green” framework for equipment cost analysis in construction
Ming LU(), Nicolas DIAZ, Monjurul HASAN
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1H9, Canada
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One limitation of previous productivity-driven research on equipment selection and operation simulation lies in the fact that the green aspects of construction activities have been largely neglected in analysis of cost-efficiency of construction operations. On the other hand, studies attempting to measure greenhouse gas emission due to construction activities have yet to develop a methodology that correlates their findings and implications with construction productivity. In order to address the immediate need for improving the sustainability performance of construction projects, it is imperative for the construction industry to evaluate greenhouse gas emission as a cost factor in construction planning, equipment selection, and cost estimating. In this context, this paper formalizes an integrative framework for equipment cost analysis based on the concepts of lean construction and green construction, aimed to guide the selection of appropriate construction equipment considering exhaust emission and productivity performance at the same time. The framework is elaborated in earthwork construction in order to evaluate the impact of greenhouse gas emission in estimating equipment hourly rates and assessing greenness and sustainability for alternative equipment options.

Keywords green construction      lean construction      equipment      simulation      earthwork construction      sustainability      productivity     
Corresponding Authors: Ming LU   
Just Accepted Date: 18 April 2019   Online First Date: 28 May 2019    Issue Date: 04 September 2019
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Ming LU,Nicolas DIAZ,Monjurul HASAN. Proposing a “lean and green” framework for equipment cost analysis in construction[J]. Front. Eng, 2019, 6(3): 384-394.
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Fig.1  “Lean and green” framework for equipment selection and cost analysis
Fig.2  Typical duo-equipment interactive process model in earthwork construction based on SDESA
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