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JSW 2013 Vol.8(11): 2967-2973 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.8.11.2967-2973

Approach for Optimizing 3D Highway Alignments Based on Two-stage Dynamic Programming

Wei Li, Hao Pu, Haifeng Zhao, Wei Liu
School of Civil Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410075, China

Abstract—Optimizing highway alignments is a very complex engineering problem. None of existing methods has totally solved the problem In this paper we build an optimization model for highway 3D alignment based on two-stage dynamic programming, in which the comprehensive cost and design constraints are embedded. In the first stage: we formulate the optimization of alignment as a network problem by establishing a three-dimensional grid representation for the study area. Then dynamic programming is used to find the best corridor alignment. In order to obtain a group of scenarios, we propose a bidirectional searching strategy in dynamic programming. In the second stage: we put forward an improved direction acceleration method considering constraints to refine the corridor alignments for resulting the alignment deviate from the grid points and reaching the global optimum. Experimental results show that the global optimal alignment with good diversity was ultimately obtained.

Index Terms—Highway alignment, alignment optimization, dynamic programming, direction acceleration method.

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Cite: Wei Li, Hao Pu, Haifeng Zhao, Wei Liu, "Approach for Optimizing 3D Highway Alignments Based on Two-stage Dynamic Programming," Journal of Software vol. 8, no. 11, pp. 2967-2973, 2013.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency:  Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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