Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2008


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Operations Resaerch

Course Number

EMGT 540


Efficient scheduling determines how well a watchstander is able to react during a Search and Rescue or Law Enforcement call. The Coast Guard Command Centers are mandated to have one watchstander from two positions (Operations Unit (OU) and Situation Unit (SU)) standing watch at all times. There are two 12-hour shifts per day: 5AM -5PM and 5PM-5AM. The Command Center scheduler needs an easier method to schedule all the watchstanders while satisfying all requirements. In this Command Center, there are two civilians working as an OU. These civilians have different requirements than the military watchstanders. In this paper, we will define and discuss the details that the Command Center encounters in regards to watch scheduling. Our objective is to prove that using our mathematical model with linear goal programming will be more efficient compared to a free hand scheduling. Our model can determine the following: - The number of watches per watchstander is evenly scheduled. - Civilian watchstanders are working 12 watches per month. - The junior most watchstanders will stand watches only with senior watchstanders for a more effective watchstanding. Our goal of this project is to satisfy as many constraints and personal preferences of the watchstanders as much as possible while implementing an efficient schedule.


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