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See detailInventory-routing problem with pickups and deliveries of RTI in closed-loop supply chain
Iassinovskaia, Galina; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Riane, Fouad

Conference (2014, July 17)

Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are the main reasons why companies share their Returnable Transport Items (RTIs) among 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 different partners of a closed-loop supply chain. This research deals with an inventory-routing problem with pickups and deliveries of RTIs. A mixed-integer linear program is developed and tested on small instances. To handle realistic large size problems, a clustering algorithm is coupled with a simulation model. This hybrid heuristic allows assessing the benefits of information and RTIs sharing among partners. [less ▲]

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See detailInventory-routing problem with pickups and deliveries of RTI in closed-loop supply chain
Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Scientific conference (2014, July)

Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are the main reasons why companies share their Returnable Transport Items (RTIs) among 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 different partners of a closed-loop supply chain. This research deals with an inventory-routing problem with pickups and deliveries of RTIs. A mixed-integer linear program is developed and tested on small instances. To handle realistic large size problems, a clustering algorithm is coupled with a simulation model. This hybrid heuristic allows assessing the benefits of information and RTIs sharing among partners. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to locate intermodal terminals for achieving economic and environmental competitiveness?
Mostert, Martine ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference (2014, April 25)

Europe has a strong commitment to the development of competitive and sustainable transportation. An intermediate objective cited in the “White Paper” is to shift 30% of 300 km and above road freight ... [more ▼]

Europe has a strong commitment to the development of competitive and sustainable transportation. An intermediate objective cited in the “White Paper” is to shift 30% of 300 km and above road freight transportation to more environmentally-friendly modes of transport such as rail and water by 2030. Improving and expanding the intermodal network is one way to achieve this goal. However, intermodal transport requires intermodal terminals where the transfer from one mode to another can occur. The location of those terminals is of strategic importance for the competitiveness of intermodal transport. The objective of this paper is therefore to develop a network design model which allows the optimal location of intermodal terminals to be determined, subject to both economic and environmental efficiency. Three possible combinations are considered: (i) Road-only, (ii) Intermodal transport using road (drayage) and rail (long-haul) and (iii) Intermodal transport using road (drayage) and inland waterways (long-haul). External costs are also included in the analysis, i.e. costs that are generated by an economic agent but supported by other agents of the society. This strategy is in line with the willingness of Europe to internalize external costs. The developed model can be used to test how modal split is influenced by the undertaken policies, such as internalizing external costs in the transportation costs. Tests are carried out on the case study of Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailLogistics hub: the case of Liège
Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Mostert, Martine ULg; Paquay, Célia ULg

Conference (2014, April 24)

A logistics hub can be defined as a specific area where all the activities relating to transport, logistics and goods distribution are carried out. With its central location in Europe, highly developed ... [more ▼]

A logistics hub can be defined as a specific area where all the activities relating to transport, logistics and goods distribution are carried out. With its central location in Europe, highly developed infrastructures, airport and inland terminals, the region of Liège claims to be a logistics hub. This paper applies a strategic decision model based on seven relevant criteria (infrastructure, proximity to market, land availability, government and industry support, labour supply, origin/destination distances and congestion) to assess the efficiency of the logistics hub of the region of Liège. Two SWOT analyses are performed in parallel to evaluate the positions of Liège Airport and of the inland freight hub, Trilogiport, in relation to their own performances and the competition. The two main development factors of inland freight hubs are considered: the possibility of modal shift from road transport to more environmentally friendly transportation modes and the avoidance of the congestion of the two seaport areas of Antwerp and Rotterdam. This article concludes by highlighting that the bid of the region of Liège and its characteristics should contribute to a more efficient intermodal transport in Europe, helping to boost the distribution of products, and at the same time, encourage the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. However, the development of Liège as an inland freight hub depends on its ability to generate a critical mass, notably thanks to the local businesses, in order to realise economies of scale. [less ▲]

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See detailA constructive heuristic for the three dimensional Bin Packing Problem with transportation constraints
Paquay, Célia ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference (2014)

The aim of this work is to propose a Relax-And-Fix heuristic to build a good initial solution to the 3D BPP. First, a mathematical formulation has been developed taking into account several types of ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to propose a Relax-And-Fix heuristic to build a good initial solution to the 3D BPP. First, a mathematical formulation has been developed taking into account several types of constraints such as the stability and fragility of the boxes to pack, their possibility to rotate, the weight distribution inside the bins and their special shapes. Since this model contains a lot of integer variables, we have decided to apply the Relax-and-Fix method. We have selected several sets of variables to be the branching variables and carried out some tests. [less ▲]

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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 (2014)

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 detailClimatological influences on inland waterway transport capacity
Cools, Mario ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference (2014)

Climate change may affect inland waterway transport through disturbances in waterway hydrology: longer periods with strong water swells and drops. To allow fully loaded barges, the water level must be ... [more ▼]

Climate change may affect inland waterway transport through disturbances in waterway hydrology: longer periods with strong water swells and drops. To allow fully loaded barges, the water level must be neither too high (limited air draught) nor too low (limited draught). Therefore, the water level impacts the load factor of barges and thus the transportation costs. Moreover, in winter, ice jams can paralyze inland waterway traffic on the river. In this paper, the effect of various climatological changes on the capacity of inland waterway in terms of barge transport is examined. The paper focusses on the development of a methodology for assessing the sensitivity of inland waterway systems to climatological changes and takes into account an experts' opinion survey that provides insight into the perceived likelihood of the different scenarios that are investigated. The analysis focusses on the inland waterway systems in Belgium, which has the second highest density of European inland waterways. It enables the integration of inland waterway transport in the intermodal supply chain. The results are related to investment planning and management in inland waterways transport. They are intended to be interesting to researchers and to inland waterways actors developing intermodal transport as well. [less ▲]

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See detailEmpty Container Management in the Benelux Waterways
Salmon, Frédéric ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in Pianic Smart Rivers 213 (2013, September 25)

The scientific contribution of this paper is the development of a model for empty container management in the hinterlands of the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. The objective of the proposed model is to ... [more ▼]

The scientific contribution of this paper is the development of a model for empty container management in the hinterlands of the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. The objective of the proposed model is to minimize the total operational cost while satisfying the demand for empty containers. This goal is achieved by choosing the most efficient transportation mode between a seaport and its hinterland: road, inland waterways or intermodal transport. Moreover, to fit the real-life operation and management as well as possible, our model also includes container substitution and container leasing options. [less ▲]

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See detailThe economic and environmental feasibility of biogas buses in Liege
Mostert, Martine ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in 2013 BIVEC-GIBET Transport Research Days - Proceedings (2013, May 30)

Everyday, many students at the University of Liège have to drive to the Sart-Tilman village to attend their courses. These journeys are responsible for the emission of harmful particles which have ... [more ▼]

Everyday, many students at the University of Liège have to drive to the Sart-Tilman village to attend their courses. These journeys are responsible for the emission of harmful particles which have negative impacts on climate and human health. This paper analyzes the economic and environmental feasibility of using biogas buses for public transport in Liège. The idea of implementing biogas buses is based on the proposed recycling of organic waste by the company INTRADEL, which manages and treats waste in the region. The economic and environmental advantages and drawbacks of biogas buses are developed and compared with those of the current diesel bus fleet. The main conclusion of this study is that, while internalizing external costs due to pollution, the use of biogas buses becomes an attractive option compared with classical diesel buses. Nevertheless, it requires investment and might lead to resistance to change. However, it remains a good solution for the reduction of CO2 emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailIntermodal network design for freight transportation in Belgium - location of rail/road and road/inland waterway terminals
Mostert, Martine ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference (2013, February 07)

In the recent years, growing concerns about environmental, societal and economic issues have emerged in the society. The improvement and the expansion of the multimodal network is one way of solving those ... [more ▼]

In the recent years, growing concerns about environmental, societal and economic issues have emerged in the society. The improvement and the expansion of the multimodal network is one way of solving those kinds of problems. The objective of this work is therefore the integration of inland waterway, rail and road transport into the linear modeling of intermodal terminal location problems, based on transportation costs functions which are nonlinear with the distance traveled. The model should also take into account the capacity constraints linked to the different modes of transport. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization model for empty container repositioning
Salmon, Frédéric ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference (2013, February 07)

Empty container management is a transportation issue relating to the imbalance of container demand and supply in various parts of the world. Hence the necessity for shippers to move empty containers to ... [more ▼]

Empty container management is a transportation issue relating to the imbalance of container demand and supply in various parts of the world. Hence the necessity for shippers to move empty containers to supply areas. The purpose of this research is to develop a decision support tool applying to intermodal freight transport. This project aims at minimizing the overall cost of empty container management in the hinterlands of the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. The proposed model is a two-stage stochastic network model which takes account of transit time between ports and terminals, shipping cost, the carrying capacity of the various modes of transport, the stochastic demand and supply of each terminal and port as well as other parameters such as substitution or holding costs. In addition, the proposed model considers the possibility of intermodality with road transportation. Along with the optimal solution, our experimental data should yield an understanding of the impact of costs on the repartition of ows and inventories [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization model for empty container repositioning
Salmon, Frédéric ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Scientific conference (2013, February 07)

Empty container management is a transportation issue relating to the imbalance of container demand and supply. This project aims at minimizing the overall cost of empty container management. It takes ... [more ▼]

Empty container management is a transportation issue relating to the imbalance of container demand and supply. This project aims at minimizing the overall cost of empty container management. It takes account of transit time, shipping cost, the carrying capacity of the various modes of transport, the stochastic demand and supply of each terminal and port as well as other parameters such as substitution or holding costs, plus the intermodality with road transportation. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of Inland Waterway Transport in the Intermodal Supply Chain: a Joint Research Agenda
Caris, An; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Macharis, Cathy et al

in Rigo, Philippe; Wolters, Milou (Eds.) Proceedings of the PIANC SMART Rivers Conference 2013 (2013)

This paper identifies research opportunities which will enable the further integration of inland waterway transport in the intermodal supply chain. Intermodal transport may be interpreted as a chain of ... [more ▼]

This paper identifies research opportunities which will enable the further integration of inland waterway transport in the intermodal supply chain. Intermodal transport may be interpreted as a chain of actors who supply a transport service. Inland navigation can play a crucial role in increasing supply chain service performance. A first group of research challenges has the objective to encourage efficient operations in IWT: development of a system wide model for IWT, integration of operational planning systems and analysis of bundling networks. A second group of research efforts is directed towards shippers and consignees who use the intermodal transport chain to send or receive their goods: further development of models that integrate intermodal transport decisions with supply chain decisions and creation of green supply chains. A third group of research challenges concerns the problem domain of external cost calculations. Finally detailed time series data on freight transport should be collected to support these future research tracks. [less ▲]

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See detailInland intermodal freight transport modelling
Carreira, Joana; Santos, Bruno; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in ETC Proceedings (2012, October 10)

The demand for goods has grown in the past decades, in such a way that today freight transport has become essential for the support of modern economies. The search for a competitive freight transport ... [more ▼]

The demand for goods has grown in the past decades, in such a way that today freight transport has become essential for the support of modern economies. The search for a competitive freight transport system, able to cope with the growing freight flows, has lead in the last decades to large investments in intermodal transport options, mainly in Europe and North America. Intermodal freight transport is the movement of goods done with the same loading unit (or vehicle) by successive modes of transport, without handling the goods themselves when changing the modes. This paper focus on inland intermodal freight transport, in particular, on the rail?truck transport of cargo containers in Belgium. The work aims to discuss the strategic decision of locating the rail-truck intermodal terminals in Belgium, in which freight can change between modes, while tacking into account the containerized cargo flows between the seaports of Belgium (Antwerp, Zeebruge, Ghent, and Ostend), the main generation centres in Belgium, and the generation centres at the border regions of neighbouring countries. The competitiveness of rail-truck networks in comparison of truck-only is discussed, in particular, for a relative small country as Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailThe sensitivity of optimal rail‐road terminal locations to intermodal freight costs variations
Carreira, Joana; Santos, Bruno; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference (2012, September 05)

In the last decades, the market of goods became globalized, increasing international trade relations and the demand for long distance transportation. As a consequence of the larger distances traveled and ... [more ▼]

In the last decades, the market of goods became globalized, increasing international trade relations and the demand for long distance transportation. As a consequence of the larger distances traveled and of the containerization of goods, maritime transportation became more efficient and reliable. In the hinterland, intermodal (rail-road) freight transportation emerged as a competitive alternative to truck-only transportation. In one of its possible meanings, intermodal freight transportation is the multimodal chain of container-transportation services [1] that, e.g., brings containers from (or to) the seaport by barge or rail to (or from) an intermodal terminal in the hinterland from where they are shipped by truck to their final destination (or origin). This study focus on inland intermodal freight transport, in particular, on the rail–truck transport of cargo containers in Belgium. This European country has a long rail system and in the last years has readapted this system in order to handle with containerized cargo. Since 2004, some rail-road terminals have been built and new intermodal services between the seaports of Belgium have been established. In addition, with the aim of promoting the modal share of intermodal rail-road transport, the federal government of Belgium started subsidizing part of the rail transport cost and of the transshipments costs at the rail-road terminals. With these investments the intermodal freight flows in Belgium have increased. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatic Cargo Load Planning: Special shipments
Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg

in ILS 2012 Proceedings (2012, August 28)

The aircraft loading problem is a real-world combinatorial optimisation problem highly constrained. Indeed, loading the aircraft so the gross weight is less than the maximum allowable is not enough. This ... [more ▼]

The aircraft loading problem is a real-world combinatorial optimisation problem highly constrained. Indeed, loading the aircraft so the gross weight is less than the maximum allowable is not enough. This weight must be distributed to keep the centre of gravity within specified limits. Moreover, an aircraft has usually several cargo compartments with specific contours and structural limitations such as floor loading, combined load limits and cumulative load limitations. Finally, some shipments are particularly restrictive to transport, like dangerous goods, live animals and perishable goods. This paper is concerned with the incorporation of these latter constraints in a mixed integer linear program for the problem of loading a set of Unit Loading Devices and bulk into an aircraft. Experimental results show that our method achieves optimal solutions within only few seconds. [less ▲]

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See detailNetwork design model for intermodal transport: the case of the hinterland of the Port of Cotonou
Lihoussou, Messan ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in ILS 2012 Proceeding (2012, August 27)

Since 2006, the Millennium Challenge Account program subsidizes a project to improve the performance of the Port of Cotonou, through modernization of infrastructure and management systems, and ... [more ▼]

Since 2006, the Millennium Challenge Account program subsidizes a project to improve the performance of the Port of Cotonou, through modernization of infrastructure and management systems, and strengthening institutional reforms. But the project mainly concerns the port, not the development of its hinterland. However, no port can develop without its links with its hinterland. That’s why we analyse the issues relating to the hinterland transport network. Both rail and road transportation networks will be examined. We also investigate inland terminals in order to build up intermodal transportation which is almost non-operational. Thus, the objective of this paper is to determine the optimal number and locations of the terminals so that the total costs of the distribution network are minimized. [less ▲]

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