Genetic algorithms for construction site layout in project planning

Michael J. Mawdesley, Saad H.S. Al-Jibouri, Hongbo Yang

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Abstract

Construction site layout is concerned with the existence, positioning, and timing of the temporary facilities that are used to carry out a construction project. Typically these problems are very complicated to formulate and difficult to solve. They are, however, very important to virtually any construction project, since the site layout can significantly affect the cost of the project. This paper describes the general site layout problem from both a theoretical and a practical point of view. It proposes genetic algorithms as a possible solution technique and includes a theoretical example of positioning temporary facilities. This is extended to a practical problem in which the cost of movement is modeled realistically using an augmented genetic algorithm. Some preliminary conclusions are drawn for the application of genetic algorithms to construction site layout problems
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)418-426
JournalJournal of construction engineering and management
Volume128
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • IR-67239
  • METIS-200692

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