Neuro-Fuzzy Cost Estimation Model Enhanced by Fast Messy Genetic Algorithms for Semiconductor Hookup Construction

Fan Yi Hsiao, Shih Hsu Wang, Wei-Chih Wang*, Chao Pao Wen, Wen Der Yu

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Semiconductor hookup construction (i.e., constructing process tool piping systems) is critical to semiconductor fabrication plant completion. During the conceptual project phase, it is difficult to conduct an accurate cost estimate due to the great amount of uncertain cost items. This study proposes a new model for estimating semiconductor hookup construction project costs. The developed model, called FALCON-COST, integrates the component ratios method, fuzzy adaptive learning control network (FALCON), fast messy genetic algorithm (fmGA), and three-point cost estimation method to systematically deal with a cost-estimating environment involving limited and uncertain data. In addition, the proposed model improves the current FALCON by devising a new algorithm to conduct building block selection and random gene deletion so that fmGA operations can be implemented in FALCON. The results of 54 case studies demonstrate that the proposed model has estimation accuracy of 83.82%, meaning it is approximately 22.74%, 23.08%, and 21.95% more accurate than the conventional average cost method, component ratios method, and modified FALCON-COST method, respectively. Providing project managers with reliable cost estimates is essential for effectively controlling project costs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764-781
Number of pages18
JournalComputer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2012


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