Improvement of given tours (plan-in) w/o additional unsched.

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Improvement of given tours (plan-in) w/o additional unsched.

Postby pacodea » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:32 am

Step#1:
We have created several tours (chains) with some planBasicTours-Requests from huge workload by complex and different preselects.

Step#2:
Now we like to invoke an improvement run of planBasicTours where the plan-in consists of all the chains calculated by step#1.

As we know that a planBasicTours with a plan-in w/o additional unscheduled orders in order-input will only check the feasibility of the given tours. I like to know how to call planBasicTours for step#2 - if possible ;) .

Target is that xTour reassigns some orders from one tour to another if this leads to "better" chains (tours).
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Re: Improvement of given tours (plan-in) w/o additional unsc

Postby Bernd Welter » Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:51 am

Hello Rolf,

let me try to summ up your scenario:
  • In step #1 you scheduled a set of orders 1,2,...n and created chains/tours for a set of vehicles.
  • Meanwhile some more UNSCHEDULED orders have been created and you'd like to add them to the existing tours (or to be more precise: chains).
  • It is an option that single scheduled orders are moved from their existing tour to another tour.

Well if this description is proper you should consider the following approaches / parameters:
  • if you want to allow swapping of orders from one tour to another tour you should consider StandardParams class as the required scenario parameter. Improvement phase enabled.
  • If you want to keep existing tour sets and only add further unscheduled stops to given tours AmendingParams is the correct way.

Besides those options of the PlanningParams you may have a look at the properties of your input tours and stops:
You can describe different levels of possible manipulations to input objects:
  • Tour:
    TourPointFixation (NONE, NO_TOUR_POINT_OUT, NO_TOUR_POINT_IN_AND_OUT, COMPLETELY_FIXED)
    vehicleFixed, trailerFixed
  • TourPoint:
    tourFixed

For example you can open the manipulations of a given tour to NONE (=worst case complete tour dissapears after IMPROVEMENT) but fix a specific tour point by setting tourFixed=true.

I hope this info helps you - if not: let me know what is missing!

Best regards Bernd
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Re: Improvement of given tours (plan-in) w/o additional unsc

Postby pacodea » Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:24 am

Dear Bernd,

thanks for your answer.

Seems that your summary do not describe my intentions - lets try again:

From the huge workload we preselect (filter) unscheduled orders by certain criterias and start planBasicTours. Now we change some criterias for the preselect (-> getting other unscheduled orders from workload) and start a new planBasicTours.

After n-runs (based on different sets of criterias) we have m chains/tours.

By-the-way: all runs are without a plan-in!

Here ends step#1!

Now we like to request planBasicTours without unscheduled orders but WITH the m chains/tours from step#1 as plan-in!

We would like to get the improved set of chains/tours - if there is potential for "better" chains/tours by reassigning some orders from one tour to another.

By my first vision I think your first answer do not cover my scenario. Perhaps we are disjunct due to my wording: workload means unscheduled orders in my application - not TransportOrders in xTour.

Kind Regards

Rolf
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Re: Improvement of given tours (plan-in) w/o additional unsc

Postby Bernd Welter » Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:24 am

ok, meanwhile I had a phonesession to get more details about this topic - looks like there is potential for misunderstanding. Let me summarize what we've been talking about:

  • The global setting is based on large number of orders and a heterogeneous fleet (expensive and less expensive vehicles with various "constraints").
  • With a first function call the "demanding" orders are assigned to the "expensive" vehicles (where there is no alternative). Let's call the output Output1.1. This output contains Chains1.1
  • With a second call based on "less expensive vehicles" and "some more orders" (except for the ones that are part of Output1.1) we generate some more chains Chains1.2
  • now from my understanding the question is: how can we combine the two Chainsets Chain1.1 and Chain1.2 and reduce required ressources? By using StandardParams (Improvement=true) and the scheduled orders of Output1.1 and Output 1.2 and an input plan based on Chains1.1+Chains1.2 where the manipulation level of the input tours is most flexible.
  • All input orders are part of input tours. All input vehicles are assigned to at least 1 tour. There are no unscheduled orders.

From my point of view this call will try to reduce the tours if possible - depending on the GOALs that are defined in the StandardParams.

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