Facilities Planning and Design


The course seeks to introduce several key analytical methods and tools to support the design and the improvement of productive layout systems (in manufacturing and services). At the end of the course, students should be able to:

- Correctly design facilities layouts

- Characterized activities relationships.

- Planning and measure flows

- Plan facilities layouts

- Use computer-aided for facilities layouts.

- Correctly apply storage methods and warehouse configuration models.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Carlos Bárbara Grilo, Nuno Alexandre Correia Martins Cavaco


Weekly - 2

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



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- Tompkins, J.; White, J., Bozer, Y., Tanchoco, J. (2010). Facilities Planning(4th ed.). Wiley & Sons.

- Sule, D. (2008). Manufacturing Facilities: Location, Planning, and Design (3rd ed.). CRC Press.

- Chang, Y-L (2003) WinQSB: Decision Support Software for MS/OM. John Wiley & Sons.

- Francis, R.,  & . White, J. (2001). Facility Layout and Location: An Analytical Approach. Prentice-Hall.

- Muther, R. & Hales, L. (2001): Systematic Planning of Industrial Facilities - SPIF (Vol, 1 & 2). Management & Industrial

Teaching method

The discipline has the Technical-practical format, so the classes are a combination of: a) oral presentation of explanation of concepts and principles, with debate on examples and practical cases, and b) explanation of methods and problem solving.

Evaluation method

The evaluation method consists of 3 moments:

IT - Individual work (15%)

Test (35%)

TG - Group / project work (50%)

The final grade is calculated according to the following expression, rounded up to the hundredth:

NF = 0.15 (TI) + 0.35 (Test) + 0.50 (TG)

Failure to deliver the TG does not give frequency to the discipline.

Subject matter

1. General PPI concepts, their strategic relevance (competitiveness factor) and relationship with digital transformation and industry 4.0

2. Positioning the PPI in the context of macro and micro localization

3. Facility configuration - building blocks concept and block diagram method

4. Characterization of activity relationships

5. Space planning and configuration and computer-aided configuration.

6. Quantification and optimization of flows and distances (facility locatoion problems)

7. -Storage methods and warehouse configuration models.


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