A disjunctive graph model and framework for constructing new train schedules

Burdett, Robert L. & Kozan, Erhan (2010) A disjunctive graph model and framework for constructing new train schedules. European Journal of Operational Research, 200(1), pp. 85-98.

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Train scheduling is a complex and time consuming task of vital importance in many countries. To create completely new train schedules that are more accurate and efficient than permitted by current techniques, a novel job shop approach is proposed and implemented in this paper. Unique characteristics of train scheduling are firstly incorporated into the disjunctive graph representation of the solution. Dedicated "stand-alone" constructive algorithms that utilise this representation are then developed. The modelling approach and the constructive algorithms are essential as they provide the basis for which meta-heuristics and other improvements can be made. A numerical investigation and case study is provided and demonstrates the viability of the modelling approach. Furthermore it is demonstrated that good quality solutions are provided with reasonable computational effort.

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ID Code: 10665
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information or for a copy of the item contact the author at r.burdett@qut.edu.au.
Keywords: Train scheduling, job shop scheduling
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2008.12.005
ISSN: 0377-2217
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Operations Research (010206)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Mathematical Sciences
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:13

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