I am interested in what kind of OR methods can be applied in area of construction planning and scheduling? Can anyone give some successful cases where OR, such as math programming or simulation is found useful in this topic.
asked 20 Aug '10, 14:44
There are many in the field of construction management who focus on production and logistics problems very similar to those faced by traditional production-based industries.
One researcher to check out is Iris Tommelein from UC-Berkeley (http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/~tommelein/).
A good journal discussing research along these lines is the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
answered 20 Aug '10, 15:20
I don't know if you consider PERT/CPM to be OR, but in any event if you add resource constraints (and resource leveling) to a CPM model, you get a problem that I believe is typically treated as a mixed-integer programming model. If you add "crashing" to CPM model, you typically wind up with an LP (MILP if crashing has to be done in discrete steps). These are relatively standard textbook problem concepts, but offhand I don't know any references to implementation stories.
answered 20 Aug '10, 21:35
Paul Rubin ♦