Process Description Languages in Construction Logistics


  • Gábor Kovács

    Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering, Department of Material Handling and Logistics Systems


During the construction processes, many problems might arise, at present the symptomatic treatment is the common practice. Besides, the literature offers a wide choice of business process description languages. This paper presents the modern principles and the description languages are used in the construction’s logistics processes. The most commonly used process description methods in the construction industry are the simple flow charts and Gantt diagrams. In our days, the Last Planner System (LPS) has a wide application range in the construction processes. The mostly used standardized process description language in the construction processes is the IDEF0 (Integrated DEFinition for function modelling, version 0). The hybrid model is also promising, which combines the scheduling, the BPMN (Business Process Model Notation) charts and IDEF0 method. Finally, by a comparison, a proposal has been developed, which gives a good basis to describe the logistics processes of construction.


logistics, construction, process description languages

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How to Cite

Kovács, G. (2016) “Process Description Languages in Construction Logistics”, Periodica Polytechnica Transportation Engineering, 44(1), pp. 50–59.