The high cost of skilled workers in labour-intensive production industries has motivated senior production managers to identify the best allocation strategy of crews of workers to appropriate processes. The aim of this paper is to develop a crew allocation system using Genetic Algorithms-based simulation modeling. The objective is to optimally allocate crews of workers to labour-intensive production industries to minimise labour costs. In this paper, a simulation-based Genetic Algorithm (GA) system dubbed "SIM_Crew" is developed to simulate the physical processes of a labour-driven facility. The GA is tailored to be embedded with the developed simulation model for improved solution searching. A chromosome structure is designed to apply such problems and a probabilistic selection of promising chromosomes is applied as a selection strategy, n-points crossover and mutation strategies are designed to add more randomness to the searching process. A case study in the precast industry is presented to demonstrate and validate the model.
|Title of host publication||Computing in Civil Engineering|
|Editors||Carlos H. Caldas, William J. O'Brien|
|Publisher||American Society of Civil Engineers|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|