Predicting construction crew productivity by using Self Organizing Maps

Oral E. L. , ORAL M.

AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION, vol.19, no.6, pp.791-797, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.autcon.2010.05.001
  • Page Numbers: pp.791-797


A Self Organizing Map (SUM), is a machine learning method that represents high-dimensional data in low-dimensional form without losing topological relations of the data. After an unsupervised learning process, it organizes the data on the basis on similarity. In the current study, a SUM based algorithm has been developed which not only produces 2-D maps to analyze the relationship between various factors and crew productivity, but also predicts productivity under given conditions. Validation of the model has been achieved both by using artificial data set and data from 144 concrete pouring, 101 formwork and 101 reinforcement crews. The results show that maps which are produced by the model are satisfactory in clustering the data and prediction performance of the model is superior to similar artificial neural network models. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.