An efficient method for scheduling construction projects with resource constraints

Abeyasinghe, M.C.L., Greenwood, David and Johansen, Eric (2001) An efficient method for scheduling construction projects with resource constraints. International Journal of Project Management, 19 (1). pp. 29-45. ISSN 0263-7863

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Abstract

In construction scheduling, conflicts can arise when activities require common resources that are available only in limited quantities. To overcome this, while retaining minimum project durations, mathematical techniques have been developed for allocating resources. However, these produce a 'hard' inflexible approach to resource-constrained schedules. The authors propose an efficient resource allocation algorithm (LINRES) which offers a more flexible approach. To study its performance, an experiment was conducted on 10 small network examples (6 to 29 activities) and the results were compared with those generated by a total of 32 existing heuristic rules. The results show that the LINRES algorithm outperformed most other heuristic rules, including the widely used MINSLK rule in both single- and multi-resource networks. It also provides a reasonable trade-off between the resource-aggregation profiles and the durations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heuristic rules, planning and scheduling, precedence networks, resource-constrained scheduling
Subjects: K200 Building
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 15:09
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/19299

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