The traditional network scheduling methods such as the Critical Path Method (CPM), Programme Evaluation Review Technique (PERT), and bar charting are typically not effective for the planning of linear construction projects. Linear scheduling methods, on the other hand, model the progress of repetitive activities in sloping lines and are more effective for linear modelling and analysis. Nonetheless, their use in the construction industry has so far been very limited. Among other reasons for this is the unfamiliarity of construction personnel with these techniques, which plays a major role in hampering their application. This paper introduces a graphically based approach to assist in the linear programming (LP) modelling of linear scheduling analysis. The Planning & Optimization for Linear Operations (POLO) system provides a graphic LP modelling environment in which model formulation can be easily accomplished in a graphic and interactive fashion. Thus, the application of linear scheduling methods can be facilitated. The Isle of Palms Connector Bridge project in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is used to demonstrate the use of the system.
HUANG, R. and HALPIN, D.W. (2000), "Graphically based LP modelling for linear scheduling analysis: the POLO system", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 41-51. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb021131Download as .RIS
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