K.U.Leuven - Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics
DTEW - KBI_0604 pages:1-26
The majority of research efforts in project scheduling assume a static and deterministic environment with complete information. In practice, however, these assumptions will hardly, if ever, be satisfied. Proactive scheduling aims at the generation of robust baseline schedules that are as much as possible protected against anticipated disruptions that may occur during project execution. In this paper, we focus on disruptions that may be caused by stochastic resource availabilities and aim at generating stable baseline schedules, where the solution robustness (stability) of the baseline schedule is measured by the weighted deviation between the planned and the actually realized activity starting times during project execution. We present a tabu search procedure that operates on a surrogate free slack based objective function. The effectiveness of the procedure is demonstrated by extensive computational results obtained on a set of randomly generated test instances.