Journal article

Cost estimation for electric light and power elements during building design A neural network approach

Ajibade A Aibinu, Dharma Dassanayake, Toong-Khuan Chan, Ram Thangaraj

ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECTURAL MANAGEMENT | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Purpose: The study reported in this paper proposed the use of artificial neural networks (ANN) as viable alternative to regression for predicting the cost of building services elements at the early stage of design. The purpose of this paper is to develop, test and validate ANN models for predicting the costs of electrical services components. Design/Methodology/Approach: The research is based on data mining of over 200 building projects in the office of a medium size electrical contractor. Of the over 200 projects examined, 71 usable data were found and used for the ANN modeling. Regression models were also explored using IBM Statistical Package for Social Sciences Statistics Software 21, fo..

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