Modelling and scheduling projects using Petri nets

Yuval Cohen, Ofer Zwikael

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This paper addresses the modelling suitability of Petri Nets (PNs) for project planning and control. PNs, while being vastly used for the modelling and analysis of discrete event systems, were scarcely mentioned in the context of project management. This paper familiarises the readers with PNs and illuminates its modelling advantages. Next, the PN suitability for modelling and scheduling a project is discussed. Finally, a new PN type, called the Petri Project Net (PPN), is proposed and it best addresses the special features required by project scheduling problems, including the practical implications for scheduling and resource planning in an uncertain environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-233
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Project Organisation and Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008


  • Petri nets
  • discrete event system
  • performance evaluation
  • performance modelling
  • project modelling
  • project nets
  • project scheduling
  • simulation


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