Robust scheduling and robustness measures for the discrete time/cost trade-off problem
European Journal of Operational Research
633 - 643
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Projects are often subject to various sources of uncertainties that have a negative impact on activity durations and costs. Therefore, it is crucial to develop effective approaches to generate robust project schedules that are less vulnerable to disruptions caused by uncontrollable factors. In this paper, we investigate the robust discrete time/cost trade-off problem, which is a multi-mode project scheduling problem with important practical relevance. We introduce surrogate measures that aim at providing an accurate estimate of the schedule robustness. The pertinence of each proposed measure is assessed through computational experiments. Using the insights revealed by the computational study, we propose a two-stage robust scheduling algorithm. Finally, we provide evidence that the proposed approach can be extended to solve a complex robust problem with tardiness penalties and earliness revenues. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Project scheduling problem
Sources of uncertainty
Time/cost trade-off problem
Published Version (Please cite this version)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2010.05.046
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