Accession Number : ADA559670


Title :   An Application of Course Scheduling in the Brazilian Air Force


Descriptive Note : Graduate thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT


Personal Author(s) : Lopes, Julio C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a559670.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 94


Abstract : The Air Force Institute of Logistics (ILA) in Brazil is responsible for executing the technical courses related to acquisition, supply, maintenance, and logistic functions for the Brazilian Air Force. These courses have an average duration of 2 weeks and a class size of approximately 30 students per course. The average number of courses per year is 34. In addition to these courses, the Institute also is responsible for organizing and executing seminars, meetings, lectures, and other unscheduled events. The Brazilian Air Force currently utilizes a manual process for course scheduling that is time consuming and does not even attempt to optimize the schedule. The result of this manual process is a solution that seems reasonable at best. Because of this, the final course schedule often results in conflicts with the unscheduled events, and also in the loss of quality due to the unavailability of resources to cover the courses and special events that occur at the same time. This work presents an approach to course scheduling that avoids these conflicts and allows better utilization of resources. This approach uses mathematical models and software to solve the timetabling problem and simulate various course scheduling scenarios to improve the overall quality of ILA's services.


Descriptors :   *BRAZIL , *COURSES(EDUCATION) , *DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *OPTIMIZATION , *SCHEDULING , *SCHOOLS , AUTOMATION , COMPUTER PROGRAMS , LECTURES , MATHEMATICAL MODELS , RESOURCE MANAGEMENT , THESES


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Operations Research
      Computer Programming and Software
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE