Optimal planning and scheduling for repetitive construction projects

Khalied Hyari, Khaled A El-Rayes

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This paper presents a multiobjective optimization model for the planning and scheduling of repetitive construction projects. The model enables construction planners to generate and evaluate optimal construction plans that minimize project duration and maximize crew work continuity, simultaneously. The computations in the present model are organized in three major modules: scheduling, optimization, and ranking modules. First, the scheduling module uses a resource-driven scheduling algorithm to develop practical schedules for repetitive construction projects. Second, the optimization module utilizes multiobjective genetic algorithms to search for and identify feasible construction plans that establish optimal tradeoffs between project duration and crew work continuity. Third, the ranking module uses multiattribute utility theory to rank the generated plans in order to facilitate the selection and execution of the best overall plan for the project being considered. An application example is analyzed to illustrate the use of the model demonstrate its new capabilities in optimizing the planning and scheduling of repetitive construction projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 22 2006


  • Computer models
  • Construction management
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Highway construction
  • Optimization
  • Resource management
  • Road construction
  • Scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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