Resource allocation for concrete batch plant operation: Case study

Tarek Zayed, Issam Minkarah

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A concrete batch plant is an important element in any concrete construction process, whether it is working as a central mixing plant onsite or is offsite supplying ready mixed concrete to a project. This study tackles the problem of optimizing plant production to maximize profit and, if possible, revenue. A linear programming model has been designed to optimize the plant operation. The maximum production rate for each type of concrete can be obtained by solving the model under the given constraints. A sensitivity analysis is conducted to provide management with a flexible range of prices per cubic yard (cubic meter) and material storage limits. In addition, a model has been designed to determine the optimal number of transit mixers based upon the required quantity of concrete. A chart has been developed to determine the quantities of concrete ingredient materials required daily to organize the available storage space and to plan their delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-569
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Case studies
  • Concrete
  • Linear programming
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Optimization
  • Profits
  • Resource allocation
  • Resource management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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