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Network planning and resource allocation for project control Arden, Nicholas Russel

Abstract

The problems involved in network planning for project control are examined with reference to the published work in this field. Various solutions are described and compared. A detailed investigation is made of the standard assumptions concerning expected activity durations. The different approaches to the estimation of these times are shown to be inconsistent with their areas of application. A global heuristic solution to the problem of finding the minimum value of the maximum resource requirement during a project is presented. This procedure uses a modified resource profile. The results of a comparison between this solution and a standard local solution indicate a slight improvement with a considerable increase in computing time. The new approach permits easier subminimization. A combination of these methods is proposed.

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