Graph theory and computer aided facilities design
Four variations of an algorithm based upon graph theory are developed for solving the facilities design problem. The facilities design problem involves locating economic activities, each of which requires a given amount of space, on a floor within a building in such a manner to optimize an appropriate measure of effectiveness such as, for example, the total cost of materials handling. This problem has been called the location-allocation problem in some of the earlier management science literature. The algorithm uses strings to represent the graphs in order to be able to handle the computing more effectively. The algorithm is illustrated throughout the article by an example. Experience with both FORTRAN and PL/1 is reported. The topic is likely to be of interest to facilities designers, graph theoreticians and computer scientists.
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Volume (Year): 6 (1978)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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