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An exact algorithm to minimize the makespan in project scheduling with scarce resources and generalized precedence relations

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  • Bianco, Lucio
  • Caramia, Massimiliano

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In this paper we propose an exact algorithm for the Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem (RCPSP) with generalized precedence relationships (GPRs) and minimum makespan objective. For the RCPSP with GPRs we give a new mathematical formulation and a branch and bound algorithm exploiting such a formulation. The exact algorithm takes advantage also of a lower bound based on a Lagrangian relaxation of the same mathematical formulation. We provide an extensive experimentation and a comparison with known lower bounds and competing exact algorithms drawn from the state of the art.

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  • Bianco, Lucio & Caramia, Massimiliano, 2012. "An exact algorithm to minimize the makespan in project scheduling with scarce resources and generalized precedence relations," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 219(1), pages 73-85.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:219:y:2012:i:1:p:73-85
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2011.12.019
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    1. Carvalho, Andréa Nunes & Oliveira, Fabricio & Scavarda, Luiz Felipe, 2016. "Tactical capacity planning in a real-world ETO industry case: A robust optimization approach," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 180(C), pages 158-171.
    2. Lucio Bianco & Massimiliano Caramia & Stefano Giordani, 2016. "Resource levelling in project scheduling with generalized precedence relationships and variable execution intensities," OR Spectrum: Quantitative Approaches in Management, Springer;Gesellschaft für Operations Research e.V., vol. 38(2), pages 405-425, March.
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    4. Carvalho, Andréa Nunes & Oliveira, Fabricio & Scavarda, Luiz Felipe, 2015. "Tactical capacity planning in a real-world ETO industry case: An action research," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 167(C), pages 187-203.

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