Development of intervention programs for inland waterway networks using genetic algorithms

Inland waterways often consist of large numbers of man-made objects to ensure navigability. These objects are of many different types, ages and sizes, and deteriorate in uncountable of different ways. In order to ensure that the deterioration of the objects does not result in a loss of navigability, interventions must be executed. This, however, produces costs, in terms of both labour and material costs and costs of loss of service if the waterway is rendered non-navigable during intervention. In this paper, a methodology is presented to determine optimal multiple time period intervention programmes for inland waterways. The optimal intervention programme is the one that has highest net benefit, i.e. overall benefits minus overall costs, where benefits are the reduction in risk of failure. A genetic algorithm is used to overcome the problem of combinatorial explosion when many objects, in many states, over many time periods are to be considered. The exact formulation of the genome, as well as the genetic fitness function, are presented. They are used to determine an optimal intervention programme for a fictive inland waterway network. The results are presented and discussed, and an outlook is provided on further steps to improve this methodology.


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  • Accession Number: 01669342
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 2018 3:01PM