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An interval programming based approach for fully uncertain resource-constrained project scheduling problem considering project manager’s attitude toward risk

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In recent years, there has been a growing attention to model and solve resource-constrained project scheduling problem (RCPSP) under uncertain environments. In most of the real-life cases, project managers may face with many uncertainties in activity durations, resource availabilities, resource requirements of the activities, the earliest and latest finishing times of the activities etc. In addition to these input parameters, project schedule which represents the starting and/or completion times of the activities should also be considered as uncertain variables in such a fully uncertain environments where all of the project data are imprecise. Based on this motivation, this paper presents an interval programming based transformation approach to overcome fully uncertain nature of the problem. In detail, classical discrete-time binary integer programming model of the deterministic problem was extended by incorporating interval-valued parameters and decision variables. Then, fully uncertain RCPSP was transformed into the crisp equivalent form by making use of interval programming, interval ranking and interval arithmetic operations. In the proposed approach, interval arithmetic operations are performed by using supplementary information obtained from the project manager. Thus, the proposed approach is also able to take into account the project managers’ attitude toward risk and produces more acceptable and risk-free solutions. Finally, a real-life liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tank construction project in a petroleum refinery is presented for testing its validity and practicality. The computational results have shown that more applicable and information efficient project schedules can be derived via the proposed approach according to the project manager’s attitude toward risk.

Yayınlandığı Kaynak : Pamukkale Üniversitesi Mühendislik Bilimleri Dergisi
  • Yıl : 2019
  • DOI : 10.5505/pajes.2019.10734
  • Cilt : 25
  • ISSN : 1300-7009
  • Sayı : 4
  • Sayfa Aralığı : 481-497
  • IO Kayıt No : 98642
  • Yayıncı : Pamukkale Üniversitesi Mühendislik Bilimleri Dergisi