A robust scheduling for the multi-mode project scheduling problem with a given deadline under uncertainty of activity duration

Moradi, H ; Sharif University of Technology | 2019

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2018.1552371
  3. Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd , 2019
  4. Abstract:
  5. The problem of this paper deals with the multi-mode project scheduling problem under uncertainty of activity duration where only the renewable resources are taken into account and a given deadline has to be met at the cost of recruiting additional resources. A heuristic algorithm is employed to solve this problem, and to maintain the robustness of the baseline schedule, the concept of critical chain project management (CCPM) is applied in which a new definition to resource buffer is considered. A simulation methodology is used to determine the size and location of resource buffers in the schedules in which three different buffer sizes and three different uncertainty levels are considered. Results and analysis of the simulation outcomes illustrate that resource buffers are useful and should be simulated by the CCPM schedules, as they help to decrease the total duration of the project during implementation and meet the deadline of the project with more assurance. © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
  6. Keywords:
  7. Heuristic algorithm ; Multi-mode project scheduling ; Heuristic algorithms ; Problem solving ; Activity duration ; Critical Chain Project Management ; Project scheduling ; Project scheduling problem ; Renewable resource ; Resource buffer ; Robust scheduling ; Simulation methodology ; Scheduling
  8. Source: International Journal of Production Research ; Volume 57, Issue 10 , 2019 , Pages 3138-3167 ; 00207543 (ISSN)
  9. URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00207543.2018.1552371