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Construction Site Layout Planning Problem Using Metaheuristic Algorithms: A Comparative Study

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Material handling is one of the essential activities in the construction industry. Suitable location of facilities in the construction site can affect the costs and duration of the construction material handling process. The construction site layout planning to supply material and engineering demands within the minimum transportation distance is a quadratic assignment problem. Metaheuristics are widely used to solve construction site layout planning problems. In this article, the performance of four metaheuristic algorithms called charged system search, whale optimization algorithm, vibrating particles system, and enhanced vibrating particles system (EVPS) are compared in terms of their effectiveness in resolving a practical construction site layout problem. Results show that EVPS performs better than the other three methods.

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Kaveh, A., Vazirinia, Y. Construction Site Layout Planning Problem Using Metaheuristic Algorithms: A Comparative Study. Iran J Sci Technol Trans Civ Eng 43, 105–115 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40996-018-0148-6

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Keywords

  • Construction site layout planning
  • Quadratic assignment problem
  • Vibrating particles system
  • Metaheuristic algorithm
  • Material handling