Object Oriented Bus Vehicle Scheduling — the BOOST System
BOOST (Basis for Object Oriented Scheduling of Transport) embraces the object-oriented paradigm, which is much acclaimed for excellent conceptualisation, extensibility and reusability. The VAMPIRES algorithm, originated in the 1960s for scheduling train locomotives and later formed the basis of the BUSPLAN system within the BUSMAN package, has been updated using the object-oriented approach and used as the core scheduling algorithm in BOOST. In this paper the advantages of the object-oriented approach, as compared with the traditional procedural approach, are illustrated through the re-modelling of the VAMPIRES algorithm. Concepts and domain knowledge are abstracted at different levels dependent on the contexts. Thus the object-oriented scheduling processes are clear to understand and easy to extend. BOOST features a Windows- based graphical user interface (GUI). The styles of data management and interactive schedule manipulation utilities are described. Results of testing BOOST against the conventional BUSPLAN and recent practical applications of BOOST are reported.
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