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See detailOperational costs and externalities in optimal intermodal network design
Mostert, Martine ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Caris, An

Conference (2016, July 13)

Transportation of goods is essential for the economy but also leads to harmful impacts related to human health aspects. Intermodal transport is promoted by Europe to reduce these negative externalities ... [more ▼]

Transportation of goods is essential for the economy but also leads to harmful impacts related to human health aspects. Intermodal transport is promoted by Europe to reduce these negative externalities. The objective of this paper is to analyze at the strategic level how the flow repartition varies between three modes (road, intermodal rail and intermodal inland waterway) according to different implemented policies. A mathematical allocation model is developed and tested on the Belgian case study, in order to determine the observed changes between the single minimization of (operational or health-related external) costs and the introduction of additional road taxes. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimal returnable transport items management
Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Martin, Adeline; Paquay, Célia ULg

Conference (2016, July 11)

Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are the main reasons why companies share their returnable transport items (RTIs) among the different partners of a ... [more ▼]

Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are the main reasons why companies share their returnable transport items (RTIs) among the different partners of a closed-loop supply chain. Face-to-face interviews with senior executives from seven companies involved in RTIs were conducted to gain a thorough understanding of how they manage the flow of RTIs as well as how they determine the number of RTIs needed in a fleet. Results indicate that RTIs managements are quite diverse, that some common beliefs about RTIs do not apply to all RTI types, and that research efforts are needed in the areas of RTI acquisition; warehouse layout, inventory routing problem; production planning and control; tracking and scheduling. [less ▲]

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See detailBRAIN-TRAINS: Scenario development to explore intermodal rail transport expansion in, from and towards Belgium
Troch, Frank; Vanelslander, Thierry; Sys, Christa et al

Conference (2016, July)

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See detailLa distribution par des véhicules électriques
Bay, Maud ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Scientific conference (2016, May 25)

The objective of vehicle routing problems is to design a set of efficient vehicle routes to provide goods from a depot to a set of customers satisfying specific constraints. Classical variants of these ... [more ▼]

The objective of vehicle routing problems is to design a set of efficient vehicle routes to provide goods from a depot to a set of customers satisfying specific constraints. Classical variants of these problems consider that routes are performed by internal combustion engine vehicles. These vehicles have a long and easy-to-restore driving range. However, due to the short driving range, long battery recharging times and the limited availability of charging infrastructure, routing algorithms for EV need to be developped. Maximizing the driving range of the vehicle leads to an examination of the main factors in energy consumption which are: the mass of the vehicle and its payload, engine efficiency, vehicle speed, the drive pattern, road grade, and vehicle recharge ability while driving. Results from this research will provide an optimal management of urban logistics where night delivery, through the use of those silent vehicles, remains one of the main benefits. [less ▲]

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See detailLogistics Service Quality: The Case of Da Nang City
Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Giang, Ho Thi Quynh; Cools, Mario ULg

in Procedia Engineering (2016), 142

Cost minimization is a key objective in managing logistics services. In this context, a growing interest in quality improvement can be observed. However, service quality is hard to quantify as it is a ... [more ▼]

Cost minimization is a key objective in managing logistics services. In this context, a growing interest in quality improvement can be observed. However, service quality is hard to quantify as it is a function of varying customer perceptions over time, of the measurement process and of the analysis of the data gathered. This study examines the logistics service quality by scales developed according to SERVQUAL instrument. A survey of 200 customers of logistics service providers (LSP) was conducted in Da Nang City. The data analysis shows that LSPs in Da Nang city need to improve Research and Development and to develop Customer Care programs. [less ▲]

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See detailBi-objective Road and Pipe Network Design for Crude Oil Transport in the Sfax Region in Tunisia
Belaid, Emna ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Mostert, Martine ULg et al

in Procedia Engineering (2016), 142

In this paper, we examine a bi-objective road and pipe network design for crude oil transport in the Sfax region in Tunisia. In particular, we search for the minimum spanning trees (MST) that connect the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we examine a bi-objective road and pipe network design for crude oil transport in the Sfax region in Tunisia. In particular, we search for the minimum spanning trees (MST) that connect the different oil fields with the port of La Skhirra. In the determination of the minimum spanning trees, two objectives are taken into account, i.e. accident risk and construction costs. By using an improved ɛ-constraint resolution technique, the Pareto optimal combinations of risk and cost are found. Results indicate that the network solutions by pipe outperform the solutions by road. When the minimum spanning trees for the two extremes on the Pareto curves, i.e. the cost minimum and risk minimum, are compared, one could note considerable differences in the links that form the MST. This implies that policy makers have an important role in deliberating between costs and risks. [less ▲]

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See detailThe inventory-routing problem of returnable transport items with time windows and simultaneous pickup and delivery in closed-loop supply chains
Iassinovskaia, Galina; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; RIANE, Fouad

in International Journal of Production Economics (2016)

Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are the main reasons why companies share their returnable transport items (RTIs) among the different partners of a ... [more ▼]

Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are the main reasons why companies share their returnable transport items (RTIs) among the different partners of a closed-loop supply chain. In this paper, we consider a producer, located at a depot, who has to distribute his products packed in RTIs to a set of customers. Customers define a time window wherein the service can begin. The producer is also in charge of the collection of empty RTIs for reuse in the next production cycle. Each partner has a storage area composed of both empty and loaded RTI stock, as characterized by initial levels and maximum storage capacity. As deliveries and returns are performed by a homogeneous fleet of vehicles that can carry simultaneously empty and loaded RTIs, this research addresses a pickup and delivery inventory-routing problem within time windows (PDIRPTW) over a planning horizon. A mixed-integer linear program is developed and tested on small-scale instances. To handle more realistic large-scale problems, a cluster first-route second matheuristic is proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailExternal Costs as Competitiveness Factors for Freight Transport — A State of the Art
Mostert, Martine ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in Transport Reviews (2016)

External costs have been a key issue in the last years of transport research. In Europe, this trend is in line with the political willingness to internalize externalities in transport pricing policies ... [more ▼]

External costs have been a key issue in the last years of transport research. In Europe, this trend is in line with the political willingness to internalize externalities in transport pricing policies. This paper has two purposes. It first identifies the recent work achieved in the field of external costs of road and intermodal freight transport, where each paper is assessed in terms of its perspective (academic or project oriented), its objective (prescription, application, projection), the type of externality (air pollution, climate change, noise, accidents, congestion) and the type of cost (marginal, average, total) that is considered. The literature review reveals a gap in the development of generic mathematical functions for external costs of transport. The second objective of the paper is thus to highlight the usefulness of such functions by identifying the main parameters that influence freight transport competitiveness in terms of external costs, and by determining which of these parameters should be incorporated in further research works. [less ▲]

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See detailPDIRPTW Instances
Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in Iassinovskaia, Galina; Limbourg, Sabine; Riane, Fouad (Eds.) The inventory-routing problem of returnable transport items with time windows and simultaneous pickup and delivery in closed-loop supply chains (2016)

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See detailA Mixed Integer Programming formulation for the three dimensional bin packing problem deriving from an air cargo application
Paquay, Célia ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in International Transactions in Operational Research (2016), 23(1-2), 187-213

The present paper looks into the problem of optimising the loading of boxes into containers. The goal is to minimise the unused volume. This type of problem belongs to the family of Multiple Bin Size Bin ... [more ▼]

The present paper looks into the problem of optimising the loading of boxes into containers. The goal is to minimise the unused volume. This type of problem belongs to the family of Multiple Bin Size Bin Packing Problems. The approach includes an extensive set of constraints encountered in real-world applications in the three-dimensional case: the stability, the fragility of the items, the weight distribution and the possibility to rotate the boxes. It also includes the specific situation in which containers are truncated parallelepipeds. This is typical in the field of air transportation. While most papers on cutting and packing problems describe ad-hoc procedures, this paper proposes a mixed integer linear program. The validity of this model is tested on small instances. [less ▲]

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See detailComment réduire l'impact environnemental pour le transport de marchandises ?
Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2015)

Avec l'internationalisation des activités économiques, la demande de transport a considérablement augmenté suite à l’allongement des distances et à la multiplication des fréquences d’envois. Pour répondre ... [more ▼]

Avec l'internationalisation des activités économiques, la demande de transport a considérablement augmenté suite à l’allongement des distances et à la multiplication des fréquences d’envois. Pour répondre aux exigences du e-commerce et des livraisons à domicile, de nouveaux schémas logistiques sont indispensables. Ces défis doivent être relevés tout en minimisant les nuisances environnementales. A l'occasion de ce lunch-conférence, Sabine Limbourg exposera le résultat de ses recherches, basées sur des méthodes quantitatives, explorant trois options permettant de réduire l'impact environnemental pour le transport des marchandises. Ces options sont le transport intermodal qui combine efficacement plusieurs modes de transport, l'intégration de véhicules électriques en milieu urbain et le partage de ressources de transport réutilisables qui circulent en boucle entre les acteurs d’une chaîne logistique. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling Agents’ Behavior in the Context of River Floods: An Ant Colony based Approach
Saadi, Ismaïl ULg; El Saeid Mustafa, Ahmed Mohamed ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg et al

Conference (2015, September)

This paper presents a model for understanding short-term travelers’ behavior in the context of river floods. In several cities, river floods are considerably affecting urban transportation systems. In ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a model for understanding short-term travelers’ behavior in the context of river floods. In several cities, river floods are considerably affecting urban transportation systems. In this regard, decision makers need comprehensive models to define efficient risk management strategies. The dynamic nature of this problem requires an algorithm able to deal with traffic redirecting during the micro-simulation process. Furthermore, a transportation network contains a significant number of links and nodes which lead to large computation times. In this regard, an Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) algorithm is proposed to solve such combinatorial problems. In a basic ACO, some ants/agents might push the algorithm to converge toward non-optimal solutions. In this context, a MAX-MIN Ant System (AS) approach is included in the algorithm to stimulate the best solutions. In addition, the discrete choice model is adapted to allow more behavioral reactions regarding simulated river floods. [less ▲]

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See detailBrain trains: scenario development to explore intermodal rail transport expansion in, from and towards Belgium
Troch, Frank; Vanelslander, Thierry; Belboom, Sandra ULg et al

Conference (2015, September)

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See detailBrain Trains: Intermodal Rail Freight Transport and Hinterland Connections - A Swot Analysis to Assess the Belgian Rail Practice
Troch, Frank; Vanelslander, Thierry; Sys, Christa et al

in Proceedings of the IAME Annual Conference 2015 (2015, August)

This paper focuses on transversal research of the role and influences of rail freight transport, as a part of intermodal transport in Belgium. The scope of the research concentrates on port hinterland ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on transversal research of the role and influences of rail freight transport, as a part of intermodal transport in Belgium. The scope of the research concentrates on port hinterland flows. A large SWOT analysis of the current situation is conducted, starting from the actual weak usage of this mode of transport. Five different fields have been identified, impacting the economy and society. Each field indicates critical internal strengths and weaknesses for intermodal rail transportation in Belgium, and identifies possible future developments and setbacks. A Delphi-like approach is used, including a heterogeneous panel of experts discussing and validating the SWOT results. To prioritize the characteristics, a survey on the different SWOT elements was performed, asking the experts to rate each statement on its influence and likelihood of happening (level of uncertainty). [less ▲]

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See detailBilevel optimization in the context of intermodal pricing: state of art
Tawfik, Christine Maher Fouad ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Scientific conference (2015, July)

With the rising interest to stimulate intermodal transport, determining pricing strategies can be intrinsically challenging. We provide a review on the current state of research in intermodal pricing ... [more ▼]

With the rising interest to stimulate intermodal transport, determining pricing strategies can be intrinsically challenging. We provide a review on the current state of research in intermodal pricing, through which we identify a peculiar gap in optimization approaches. A suggestion to exploit the bilevel optimization technique is presented, as well as an account of its widely successful application to price setting problems. The different approaches to express the network users’ behavior, regarded as the lower level problem, are highlighted together with the particular modeling aspects of intermodal networks. [less ▲]

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