A railway system needs a substantial amount of maintenance. To prevent unexpected breakdowns as much as possible, preventive maintenance is required. In this paper we discuss the Preventive Maintenance Scheduling Problem (PMSP), where (short) routine activities and (long) unique projects have to be scheduled in a certain period. To reduce costs and inconvenience for the travellers and operators, these activities have to be scheduled as much as possible together. We present a mathematical formulation for this problem and some greedy heuristics to solve it fast. Moreover, we compare the performance of these heuristics with the optimal solution using some randomly generated instances.

heuristics, maintenance, optimization, rail transport, scheduling
hdl.handle.net/1765/1632
Econometric Institute Research Papers
Erasmus School of Economics

Budai-Balke, G, Huisman, D, & Dekker, R. (2004). Scheduling preventive railway maintenance activities (No. EI 2004-41). Econometric Institute Research Papers. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/1632