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M. Khanzadi, K. Zia Dabirian, K. Zia Ghazvini,
Volume 3, Issue 4 (10-2013)

Highway construction projects are one of the most important construction projects in the world. Therefore predicting the time of these kinds of projects is important. Basically highway projects are including few activities which are repeating along the horizontal direction. One of the best methods for scheduling these types of projects is linear scheduling method. The repetitive nature of the highway activities is a good reason for schedulers to use linear scheduling methods in order to estimate the time of the project. One of the most important factors in linear projects is considering the effect of the activities productivity on scheduling. The first part of the research has been proposed to quantify the main equation of the identified factors for predicting the daily production rates of the embankment activity. The second part is scheduling the highway construction projects by developing the LSMvpr method based on the application of the embankment activity productivity equation. The purpose of the research is to develop the LSMvpr method for scheduling the highway construction projects by considering the concept of activity productivity in the shape of an equation varying by independent variables changes. By the use of multiple regression analysis the coefficients of affecting factors have been calculated in order to gain a production rate equation for predicting the embankment activity productivity. A software package has been presented for scheduling a highway construction project by coding in MATLAB. The offered software used for validating the model for scheduling the highway construction projects.

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