Development of an automated tool for cost estimation of transportation projects

Behzad Rouhanizadeh, Sharareh Kermanshachi, Issa J. Ramaji, Shahrad Shakerian

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Abstract

The cost estimation process has undergone fundamental changes with the advancement of technology, and has been converted from cost estimation that employs two-dimensional maps to cost estimation using building information modeling (BIM). This technology has been recently implemented to estimate the costs of several transportation projects, but there is not a tool that accurately estimates the cost in a continuous spectrum and keeps pace with the progress of the transportation project. The main objectives of this study were to (1) create a cost estimation mechanism that operates in a continuous spectrum from the study phase to the construction phase of transportation projects, and (2) automate the cost estimation process. Open standards such as the industry foundation classes (IFC) were used, and the level of confidence (LOC) mechanism were introduced and implemented for determining the risk of the estimated costs. The developed cost estimation approach will be implemented as a web-based application developed by C# and ASP.NET MVC Core. The results of implementing this tool showed that a higher LOD level results in greater reliability in the cost estimation and quantity take-off, and will help transportation project managers accurately estimate project costs throughout the construction process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2021
Subtitle of host publicationTransportation Planning and Development - Selected Papers from the International Conference on Transportation and Development 2021
EditorsChandra R. Bhat
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages178-190
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483541
StatePublished - 2021
EventInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2021: Transportation Planning and Development, ICTD 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 8 2021Jun 10 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2021: Transportation Planning and Development - Selected Papers from the International Conference on Transportation and Development 2021

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2021: Transportation Planning and Development, ICTD 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/8/216/10/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation

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