Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 167–179 | Cite as

Hospital Layout as a Quadratic Assignment Problem

  • Alwalid N. Elshafei
Case-Oriented Paper


The problem of locating hospital departments so as to minimize the total distance travelled by patients can be formulated as a Quadratic Assignment Problem. In this paper we discuss some practical considerations of the problem, its formulation, we present a heuristic procedure to solve it and comment on our computational experience with the heuristic.

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© Operational Research Society 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alwalid N. Elshafei
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute of National PlanningEgypt

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