A mixed linear integer model for military facility layout optimization problem

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015


Supervisor: RİFAT SÖNMEZ


The positioning and layout of facilities on a construction site has a significant impact on productivity, costs, and duration of construction projects. The main objective of general construction site layout planning problem is to arrange the temporary facilities such as office buildings, residences, and warehouse in such a way that the construction activities can be performed with minimal costs. The military facility layout planning problem which considers layout of military facilities is similar to the construction site layout problem. This thesis presents a military facility layout model to optimize the distances that are frequently used both by military personnel and vehicles in their daily activities. Daily activities of military troops require continuous displacement according to the schedules in military terrain. Therefore, the model has been developed by considering the movement costs of the vehicles along with the distances travelled by the personnel. Moreover, the model established here considers vehicle types, vehicle and personnel quantities according to facility characters as well as distances between facilities and possible stations travelled on a monthly basis. Alternative zones for some stations have been included in the model to find the best placement for facilities and stations. Within this context, a mixed linear integer model is presented for the military facility layout problem. Then, the developed mixed integer formulation was solved by using AIMMS ver. 4.2. The results were compared with an already existing military facility layout planning method and advantages of the proposed model were discussed.