07. Solving Large Scale Crew Scheduling Problems by using Iterative Partitioning

Erwin Abbink, Joel Van'T Wout & Dennis Huisman
This paper deals with large-scale crew scheduling problems arising at the Dutch railway operator, Netherlands Railways (NS). We discuss several methods to partition large instances into several smaller ones. These smaller instances are then solved with the commercially available crew scheduling algorithm TURNI. In this paper, we compare several partitioning methods with each other. Moreover, we report some results where we applied different partitioning methods after each other. With this approach, we were able to...