Optimality of a Heuristic Sequencing Technique

by Thomas L. Morin, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Industrial Engrg. and Mgmt. Sci. and Member of Urban Systems Engrg. Ctr.; Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 8, Pg. 1195-1202

Document Type: Journal Paper


The development of simple heuristic planning techniques which are capable of solving problems of the dimensions encountered in real-world water resources systems is important. However, guidelines on the optimality of such techniques must be developed before their potential use in water resources planning can be fully realized. In this note, the writer has provided guidelines for the optimality of an ingenious heuristic project sequencing technique developed by Tsou, Mitten, and Russell and demonstrated how their technique can be modified and used with decomposition in order to solve a more general class of problems. (Technical Note of the Technical Council on Water Resources Planning and Management)

Subject Headings: Water resources | Algorithms | Resource management | Water use | Project management | Decomposition

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