Optimal restoration schedules of transportation network considering resilience

Kezhi Liu, Changhai Zhai, You Dong

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Transportation network is of vital importance for city maintaining and reconstruction especially after extreme events. Decisions on the restoration plan of transportation network have to be made in a short period after event, but taking into account various decision-making criteria and resource constraints. This paper explains the essential problems in network restoration scheduling, and presents a novel resilience-based optimisation model for post-disaster urban transportation network restoration. The proposed method could obtain a set of general optimal restoration schedules in an efficient manner, so that decision-makers could make a final choice by weighting other preferences and experience. In the methodology, a new travel speed-based metric is introduced for performance assessment of transportation network, and three normalised independent indicators are developed to characterise network resilience from the perspective of functionality curve. Furthermore, a bi-objective optimisation model based on the recovery trajectory is recommended to search for non-dominated optimal restoration schedules. To illustrate the proposed method, heuristic algorithms are used to solve the restoration schedule optimisation problem of a hypothetical transportation network.

Original languageEnglish
JournalStructure and Infrastructure Engineering
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Decision making
  • disaster engineering
  • optimisation models
  • post-disaster
  • resilience
  • restoration scheduling
  • transportation network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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