Investigating the Effectiveness of Certain Priority Rules on Resource Scheduling of Housing Estate Projects

Kanit R., Gunduz M., Ozkan O.

JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT, vol.135, no.7, pp.609-613, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The heuristic method is one of the methods used for the scheduling of resource-constrained projects. This method is commonly used in programming the projects with high number of activities and resources such as construction investments. This paper investigates the effectiveness of three heuristic method priority rules applied in the resource scheduling of ten Turkish housing estate projects which were scheduled according to three preselected priority rules [maximum remaining path length (MRPL), latest finish time (LFT), and minimum slack time (MNSLCK)] in resource-constrained conditions. The performance of each priority rule was evaluated in relation to the duration of the project. The results revealed that MRPL priority reduced the project duration to minimum in six projects, whereas LFT priority yielded the best duration results in three projects and MNSLCK priority in only one project.