Finance-based scheduling multi-objective optimization: Benchmarking of evolutionary algorithms

Mohammed S. El-Abbasy, Ashraf Elazouni, Tarek Zayed

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Project scheduling and financing should be adequately integrated during the planning phase to avoid probable cost overruns and delays. Many studies addressed the achievement of integration between project financing and scheduling using multi-objective optimization in particular. However, up to the knowledge of the authors, there is no research conducted to evaluate and assess the performance of the multi-objective optimization techniques employed in this domain. Thus, the current study developed a finance-based scheduling multi-objective optimization model for multiple projects using the elitist non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm (NSGA-II). Further, the obtained results were compared with the results obtained by solving the same problem in another study from the literature using the multi-objective optimization technique of strength Pareto evolutionary algorithm (SPEA). Benchmarking was conducted based on the quality of the obtained solutions and performance. The results indicated that the NSGA-II outperformed SPEA in most aspects with achieved improvements range from 1.7% to 98.2%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103392
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Evolutionary algorithms
  • Finance-based scheduling
  • Multi-objective optimization
  • Multiple projects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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