An Imitation and Heuristic Method for Scheduling with Subcontracted Resources

Anna Antonova, Konstantin Aksyonov, Olga Aksyonova
2021 Mathematics  
A scheduling problem with subcontracted resources is widely spread and is associated with the distribution of limited renewable and non-renewable resources, both own and subcontracted ones based on the work's due dates and the earliest start time. Scheduling's goal is to reduce the cost of the subcontracted resources. In the paper, application of a few scheduling methods based on scheduling theory and the optimization algorithm is considered; limitations of these methods' application are
more » ... hted. It is shown that the use of simulation modeling with heuristic rules for allocation of the renewable resources makes it possible to overcome the identified limitations. A new imitation and heuristic method for solving the assigned scheduling problem is proposed. The comparison of the new method with existing ones in terms of the quality of the found solution and performance of the methods is carried out. A case study is presented that allowed a four-fold reduction of the overall subcontracted resources cost in a real project portfolio.
doi:10.3390/math9172098 fatcat:557nddzs2fg7tnvwtsbyerkjfy