Optimized group replacement scheduling for water pipeline network

Li, Fengfeng, Ma, Lin, Sun, Yong, & Mathew, Joe (2016) Optimized group replacement scheduling for water pipeline network. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 142(1), 04015035.

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Replacement of deteriorated water pipes is a capital-intensive activity for utility companies. Replacement planning aims to minimize total costs while maintaining a satisfactory level of service and is usually conducted for individual pipes. Scheduling replacement in groups is seen to be a better method and has the potential to provide benefits such as the reduction of maintenance costs and service interruptions. However, developing group replacement schedules is a complex task and often beyond the ability of a human expert, especially when multiple or conflicting objectives need to be catered for, such as minimization of total costs and service interruptions. This paper describes the development of a novel replacement decision optimization model for group scheduling (RDOM-GS), which enables multiple group-scheduling criteria by integrating new cost functions, a service interruption model, and optimization algorithms into a unified procedure. An industry case study demonstrates that RDOM-GS can improve replacement planning significantly and reduce costs and service interruptions.

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ID Code: 91193
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Water pipeline, Replacement planning, Group scheduling, Multiobjective optimization, Service interuption, Replacement decision optimization model for group scheduling (RDOM-GS)
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000559
ISSN: 0733-9496
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 13 Dec 2015 23:06
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2016 01:17

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