Locations on a line and generalization to the dynamic p-medians

Thesis Type: Doctorate

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

Approval Date: 2012


Supervisor: HALDUN SÜRAL


This study deals with four location problems. The first problem is a brand new location problem on a line and considers the location decisions for depots and quarries in a highway construction project. We develop optimal solution properties of the problem. Using these properties, a dynamic programming algorithm is proposed. The second problem is also a brand new dynamic location problem on a line and locates concrete batching mobile and immobile facilities for a railroad construction project. We develop two mixed integer models to solve the problem. For solving large size problems, we propose a heuristic. Performances of models and the heuristic are tested on randomly generated instances plus a case study data and results are presented. The third problem is a generalization of the second problem to network locations. It is a dynamic version of the well known p-median problem and incorporates mobile facilities. The problem is to locate predetermined number of mobile and immobile facilities over a planning horizon such that sum of facility movement and allocation costs is minimized. Three constructive heuristics and a branch-and-price algorithm are proposed. Performances of these solution procedures are tested on randomly generated instances and results are presented. In the fourth problem we consider a special case of the third problem, allowing only conventional facilities. The algorithm for the third problem is improved so that generating columns and solving a mixed integer model are used repetitively. Performance of the algorithm is tested on randomly generated instances and results are presented