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Publication Date

Fall 2021


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Operations Research

Course Number

ETM 540/640


Operations research -- Optimization, Resource allocation -- Mathematical models


Assigning employees with multiple skill sets to projects at the right time has long been a challenge in professional settings. Whether it is assigning a salesperson to a product, an employee to a task, or a company to a project, many variables affect such decisions and make them taxing for managers and owners. In this project, an optimization issue observed in a team member’s workplace is being addressed.. The aim is to efficiently allocate employees to different concurrent projects. The firm's organizational structure is similar to a Project Management Office (PMO) that has an employee pool with varying skill sets and work on multiple concurrent projects. The firm itself delivers civil engineering projects and assigns project managers, engineers, designers, and other technical employees to projects based on technical requirements. The main goal is to optimize the employees’ times for maximum utilization and profit and achieve clients’ milestones and deadlines. R is used as a tool to construct a linear programming model and solve it.


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