Minimising the conflict between rail operations and infrastructure maintenance

Lake, Maree & Ferreira, Luis (2002) Minimising the conflict between rail operations and infrastructure maintenance. In Taylor, M.A. (Ed.) Transportation and Traffic Theory in the 21st Century: Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory. Elsevier, Amsterdam ; London :, pp. 63-80.


This paper presents a method aimed at reducing the conflict between the trains and track maintenance by the short-term scheduling of the maintenance and the required resources. The risk of delays to the trains and maintenance is incorporated in the process of developing the maintenance timetable. The problem is formulated as a binary integer non-linear programming problem, with the following heuristics techniques applied: Simulated Annealing; Local Search; Multiple Local Search; and Tabu Search. The most appropriate solution method to solve the short-term maintenance scheduling problem as formulated here is found to be Simulated Annealing. Sensitivity analysis is conducted to examine the effects of variation in the input parameters, such as different priorities for the railway company.

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ID Code: 2434
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: conflict minimisation, rail operations, infrastructure maintenance, scheduling, delays, binary integer non, linear programming, heuristics, simulated annealing
ISBN: 9780080439266
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Elsevier
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:33

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