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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 4/5
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper II.8

An Integrated Computer Aided Algorithm for Optimal Resource Allocation

C. Ephremidis

Department of Construction, Project Management, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

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C. Ephremidis, "An Integrated Computer Aided Algorithm for Optimal Resource Allocation", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 71-74, 1987. doi:10.4203/ccp.4.2.8
The following paper refers to the first results of an attempt towards the optimization of resource allocation. It is based on a reliable computer program which was developed for microcomputers, thus easy to be used by the construction industry.

The Time and Cost squeduling procedures must be considered to-day more as sophisticated means to produce useful managerial tools towards productivity improvement rather than target aspects. One of the most useful tools derived from the CPM analysis is resource levelling, which is receiving more attention today due to the world wide inflation spiral as well as to the explosion on the computer technology facilitating the application of optimization algorithms. The paper presents a new computer aided algorithm based on the Wiest procedure for the resource allocation problem. The main goal is the resource levelling by project due date. The number of the different production resources, used through out the project, is in this case unlimited. The problem of optimizing the project duration time by limited resources can also be solved by the program. An interesting extension of the algorithm is its application for the "just in time" availability of resources and the minimization of the total starting current peak by multimotor industrial plants.

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