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Ferry Watch Scheduling Prototype and Recommended Future Work

Description:

This report documents the initial exploration of alternatives for a computer system that assists in the development of watch schedules for the Washington State Ferry System (WSF). A "watch schedule" is defined as a two-week set of work shifts to be followed by a group of WSF employees from a specific union. The report describes the programming alternatives considered, the program flow selected for prototype development, and the conclusions and recommendations drawn from the creation of that prototype. Continued development of the watch scheduling system is not recommended at this time.

 

 

  • Date Published: March, 1992
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 241.1
  • Last Modified: October 3, 2007
  • Authors: Mark E. Hallenbeck, Jua-Been Chang.
  • Originator: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
  • # of Pages: 82 p., 2,733 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Computer programs, Employees, Ferries, Ferry service, Hours of labor, Labor force, Labor unions, Prototypes, Recommendations, Schedules and scheduling, Shifts, Ship crews, Ship operations, Watchkeeping.
  • Keywords: Ferry system operations, crew scheduling, labor scheduling.
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This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008