Publications / 2020 Proceedings of the 37th ISARC, Kitakyushu, Japan

Review of Construction Workspace Definition and Case Studies

Kuan-Fan Lai and Ying-Chieh Chan
Pages 301-306 (2020 Proceedings of the 37th ISARC, Kitakyushu, Japan, ISBN 978-952-94-3634-7, ISSN 2413-5844)

Workspaces in a construction project are considered as critical and limited resources. Since the workspace conflicts cause productivity loss and poor quality, construction researchers have been exploring different workspace definitions and solutions to improve the situations. Construction workspace' function can be classified according to the user's needs and characteristics of activities and can be integrated into 4D BIM simulation. In previous studies, researchers have proposed several different and innovative workspace definition. However, researchers usually only tested their proposed workspace definitions on specific building projects or few particular tasks. It is difficult to tell the effectiveness of the workspace definition when applying to a different construction project or case involving different construction methods. Relevant works of literature regarding construction workspace definitions were collected and discussed in this article to obtain a comprehensive review on this topic. We have applied the proposed definition to the same construction case and also provided an evaluation of their approaches' pros and cons. Then we proposed a criterion of developing proper workspace, so the workspace requirement can be planned based on the project's characteristics and could help the project managers to select the optimum scenario during workspace planning.

Keywords: Workspace Conflict; Workspace Classification; Conflict Solution; 4D BIM; Conflict Severity