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See detailIntegration of Accurate 2D Inundation Modelling, Vector Land Use Database and Economic Evaluation
Ernst, Julien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2008, October 02)

Within the global framework of the climate change, according to most Regional Climate Mod-els the maximum peak discharges in river will increase in importance and frequency. Therefore the people will have ... [more ▼]

Within the global framework of the climate change, according to most Regional Climate Mod-els the maximum peak discharges in river will increase in importance and frequency. Therefore the people will have to face worst inundation conditions. In order to protect themselves from the increasing flood risk, the communities have to draw up suitable flood protection measures. The selection and the evaluation among the different possible flood mitigation measures requires developing decision-support system (DSS). This sys-tem has to take into consideration parameters such as hydraulic, economic, social or environmental. This pa-per focuses on the integration between two components of the DSS, namely the evaluation of the economic impacts of floods and the hydrodynamic modelling. The hydraulic simulations are conducted by means of WOLF 2D flow modelling system and provide as an output high resolution flood maps detailing the distribu-tion of water depth and flow velocity in the floodplains. The integration is ensured by the use of very accurate geographic databases and an automated procedure which makes the most of geomatic methods. The paper de-tails the application of the integrated assessment procedure for a case study along the river Ourthe located in the Meuse basin (Belgium). Moreover, possibilities of validation of the economic damage evaluation proce-dure are investigated by comparing computation results with real damage data recorded by the Belgian Disas-ter Fund after several major flood events (2003, 2002, 1995, and 1993). [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of data from different marker panels: current applications in human genetics
Druet, Tom ULg

in Interbull Bulletin (2010)

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See detailAn integration of external information for foreign stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation for jumping horses
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Janssens, Steven; Buys, Nadine et al

in Journal of Animal Breeding & Genetics (2013), 130(3), 209-217

The aim of this study was to test the integration of external information, i.e. foreign estimated breeding values (EBV) and the associated reliabilities (REL), for stallions into the Belgian genetic ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to test the integration of external information, i.e. foreign estimated breeding values (EBV) and the associated reliabilities (REL), for stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation for jumping horses. The Belgian model is a bivariate repeatability Best Linear Unbiased Prediction animal model only based on Belgian performances while Belgian breeders import horses from neighbouring countries. Thereby, use of external information is needed as prior to achieve more accurate EBV. Pedigree and performance data contained 101,382 horses and 712,212 performances, respectively. After conversion to the Belgian trait, external information of 98 French and 67 Dutch stallions were integrated into the Belgian evaluation. Resulting Belgian rankings of the foreign stallions were more similar to foreign rankings according to the increase of the rank correlations of at least 12%. REL of their EBV were improved of at least 2% on average. External information was partially to totally equivalent to 4 years of contemporary horses’ performances or to all the stallions’ own performances. All these results showed the interest to integrate external information into the Belgian evaluation. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of external information into genetic evaluations by a Bayesian procedure
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

Poster (2012, February 10)

One of the most important theoretical assumptions of methods used to assess genetic values is that all available information has to be considered simultaneously to obtain unbiased estimates. However, the ... [more ▼]

One of the most important theoretical assumptions of methods used to assess genetic values is that all available information has to be considered simultaneously to obtain unbiased estimates. However, the widespread international exchange of genetic material and, more recently, the important development of the genomic selection lead to the coexistence of different genetic evaluations. Therefore, the blending of the different sources of information is necessary to achieve better prediction. Integration of external information into genetic evaluations by a Bayesian procedure can partially resolve the problem under some assumptions. Results from such a method that also avoids double counting among external animals are highly similar to those from a joint evaluation. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of farmers in the shrimp subsector in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam
Ho, Thi Minh Hop ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Hatcheries, input dealers, farmers, collectors and processors are the primary actors of shrimp value chain in the Mekong River Delta (MRD) Vietnam, a sector that has many problems of disease, shrimp seed ... [more ▼]

Hatcheries, input dealers, farmers, collectors and processors are the primary actors of shrimp value chain in the Mekong River Delta (MRD) Vietnam, a sector that has many problems of disease, shrimp seed, environmental pollution, and management skills. Holding the strongest power in the shrimp value chain, the processors determine shrimp prices and set up requirements of shrimp quality and size in the market though quality control has not been completely implemented due to the limitations of financial capital, knowledge, awareness, as well as the quality of raw material supplied by collectors and farmers. Farmers stayed in the weakest position in the chain due to their small individual scale, and low skills. The results of the study show that most of the shrimp farmers stay out of vertical integration under farming contracts while the rest joined in the game without success. Contract farming seems not for small scale farmers who account for a large part in the MRD, and not interesting for producers who get success with their cultivation. Farmers prefer a non-contract option due to non-transparency of interest share as well as cost account. Food safety standards, decision No. 80/2002/QĐ-TTg, culture, trust, government structure, credit support and corruption are the main factors affecting farmers’ integration chances. Floor price mechanism, risk sharing, small scale of the model of vertical integration and excess suppliers in the market, administrative misconception and inefficient public management are the main reasons of failures of contract farming of two case studies in the MRD. Planning and projection of shrimp production zones are therefore the priority matters to address. Furthermore, re-organizing shrimp farmers into legal teams or groups or cooperatives is also necessary to increase the size of the existing shrimp cultivation units in Vietnam in order to improve the sector. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of foreign breeding values for stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation for jumping horses
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg

Master's dissertation (2010)

The aim of this study was to test the integration of foreign breeding values for stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation of jumping horses. Belgian breeders import horses from neighbouring countries ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to test the integration of foreign breeding values for stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation of jumping horses. Belgian breeders import horses from neighbouring countries for which foreign information is needed as prior to estimate a more accurate breeding value. The Belgian model is a bivariate repeatability BLUP animal model. For the year 2009, pedigree and data files provided by the Catholic University of Leuven contained 101 382 horses and 712 212 performances. 98 French and 67 Dutch stallions were selected and their foreign estimated breeding values had to be converted into Belgian national trait. Also, the associated reliabilities had to be estimated. Then, this prior information was integrated into the Belgian evaluation using a Bayesian approach. It led to a slight modification of the average estimated breeding value and of the standard deviation for the whole population. It also led to a new Belgian ranking of the foreign stallions more similar to foreign rankings. However, despite these modifications, the adequacy of the Belgian model was not damaged. Within regards to prediction ability, Bayesian evaluations using the conversion equation estimated by the Weighted Least Squares procedure predicted the best traditional estimated breeding values of the year 2009 for the French stallions. For the Dutch ones, it were the evaluations associated to the Wilmink‟s conversion equation. For both countries, Bayesian evaluations using Goddard‟s conversion method improved most the stability of breeding values. Finally, integration of French and Dutch information improved reliabilities of the Bayesian estimated breeding values. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of foreign breeding values for stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation for jumping horses
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Janssens, Steven; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Book of Abstracts of the 62nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2011, August)

The aim of this study was to test the integration of foreign estimated breeding values (EBV) for stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation for jumping horses. Belgian breeders import horses from ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to test the integration of foreign estimated breeding values (EBV) for stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation for jumping horses. Belgian breeders import horses from neighbouring countries for which foreign information is needed as prior to estimate a more accurate EBV. The Belgian model is a bivariate repeatability BLUP animal model. For the year 2009, pedigree and data files contained 101 382 horses and 712 212 performances. 98 French and 67 Dutch stallions were selected and their foreign EBVs were converted into Belgian national trait. Associated reliabilities were also estimated. A Bayesian approach (Legarra et al., 2007) was applied to integrate this prior information into the Belgian evaluation. It led to a slight modification of the average EBV and of the standard deviation for the whole population. It also led to a new Belgian ranking of the foreign stallions more similar to foreign rankings. However, the adequacy of the Belgian model was not damaged. With regards to prediction ability, Bayesian evaluations using conversion equation estimated by Weighted Least Squares procedure predicted the best traditional EBVs of the year 2009 for the French stallions. For the Dutch ones, it were the evaluations associated to the conversion equation based on Wilmink et al. (1986). For both countries, Bayesian evaluations using conversion equation based on Goddard (1985) improved the most the stability of EBVs. Finally, integration of French and Dutch information improved reliabilities of the Bayesian EBVs of at least 5% and 2% for French and Dutch stallions, respectively. These results confirm the interest to integrate foreign information into the Belgian evaluation for jumping horses. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of foreign breeding values for stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation for jumping horses
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Janssens, Steven; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

Poster (2011, August 30)

The aim of this study was to test the integration of foreign estimated breeding values (EBV) for stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation for jumping horses. Belgian breeders import horses from ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to test the integration of foreign estimated breeding values (EBV) for stallions into the Belgian genetic evaluation for jumping horses. Belgian breeders import horses from neighbouring countries for which foreign information is needed as prior to estimate a more accurate EBV. The Belgian model is a bivariate repeatability BLUP animal model. For the year 2009, pedigree and data files contained 101 382 horses and 712 212 performances. 98 French and 67 Dutch stallions were selected and their foreign EBVs were converted into Belgian national trait. Associated reliabilities were also estimated. A Bayesian approach (Legarra et al., 2007) was applied to integrate this prior information into the Belgian evaluation. It led to a slight modification of the average EBV and of the standard deviation for the whole population. It also led to a new Belgian ranking of the foreign stallions more similar to foreign rankings. However, the adequacy of the Belgian model was not damaged. With regards to prediction ability, Bayesian evaluations using conversion equation estimated by Weighted Least Squares procedure predicted the best traditional EBVs of the year 2009 for the French stallions. For the Dutch ones, it were the evaluations associated to the conversion equation based on Wilmink et al. (1986). For both countries, Bayesian evaluations using conversion equation based on Goddard (1985) improved the most the stability of EBVs. Finally, integration of French and Dutch information improved reliabilities of the Bayesian EBVs of at least 5% and 2% for French and Dutch stallions, respectively. These results confirm the interest to integrate foreign information into the Belgian evaluation for jumping horses. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of fuzzy linear optimization and scenario analysis in network flow problems: disaster response perspective
Barbarosoglu, Gulay; Arda, Yasemin ULg

in IEPM 01, International Conference in Industrial Engineering and Production Management, Québec, Canada, 20-23 August 2001 (2001, August 20)

In this paper, we address the problem of transporting vital commodities and emergency personnel during the response stage of a disaster relief operation by integrating fuzzy linear optimization and the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we address the problem of transporting vital commodities and emergency personnel during the response stage of a disaster relief operation by integrating fuzzy linear optimization and the principles of scenario analysis. We treat this transportation system as a probabilistic multi-commodity multi-modal network flow problem and first develop a fuzzy model that allows the satisfaction of demand requirements through different supply nodes over a fuzzy network. Since the available information in case of disasters is generally vague and imprecise about the values of model parameters, fuzzy linear optimization is employed to deal with this uncertainty and to generate different scenarios depending upon the preferences of the decision maker. Then these scenarios are handled within the framework of the scenario analysis by defining a scenario as a joint realization of the uncertain parameters. Here, scenario analysis method can be considered as a search for a robust solution that guarantees the maximum satisfaction of demands with the minimum transportation cost. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of fuzzy optimization and stochastic programming in multi-commodity network flow problems
Arda, Yasemin ULg

Master's dissertation (2001)

This study analyzes the problem of transporting vital commodities and emergency personnel during the response stage of a disaster relief operation by integrating fuzzy linear optimization and stochastic ... [more ▼]

This study analyzes the problem of transporting vital commodities and emergency personnel during the response stage of a disaster relief operation by integrating fuzzy linear optimization and stochastic programming. This transportation system is treated as a probabilistic, multi-commodity, multi-modal network flow problem and first a fuzzy model that allows the satisfaction of demand requirements through different supply nodes over a fuzzy network is developed. Since the available information in case of disasters is generally vague and imprecise about the values of model parameters, fuzzy linear optimization is employed to deal with this uncertainty and to generate different scenarios depending upon the preferences of the decision maker. Then these scenarios are handled within the framework of stochastic programming by defining a scenario as a joint realization of the uncertain parameters. Multi-commodity network flow problem is decomposed into uncapacitated single-commodity network flow problems by using Lagrangian relaxation. An exact algorithm is developed for each subproblem, and a sequential structure is designed to maintain consistency and feasibility between the solutions of these subproblems. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of III-V on Si for High-Mobility CMOS
Waldron, Niamh; Wang, Gang; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg et al

Conference (2012)

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See detailIntegration of InGaAs Channel n-MOS Devices on 200mm Si Wafers Using the Aspect-Ratio-Trapping Technique
Waldron, Niamh; Wang, Gang; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg et al

in 221st ECS Meeting (2012)

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See detailIntegration of InGaAs Channel n-MOS Devices on 200mm Si Wafers Using the Aspect-Ratio-Trapping Technique
Waldron, Niamh; Wang, Gang; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg et al

in ECS Transactions (2012), 45

We report on the fabrication on InGaAs/InP implant free quantum well (IFQW) n-MOSFET devices on 200mm wafers in a Si CMOS processing environment. The starting virtual InP substrates were prepared by means ... [more ▼]

We report on the fabrication on InGaAs/InP implant free quantum well (IFQW) n-MOSFET devices on 200mm wafers in a Si CMOS processing environment. The starting virtual InP substrates were prepared by means of the aspect-ratio-trapping technique. Post CMP these substrate resulted in a planar substrate with a rms roughness of 0.32 nm. After channel and gate processing source drain regions were formed by the selective epitaxial growth of Si doped InGaAs. Contact to the source/drain regions was made by a standard W-plug/metal 1 process. The contact resistance was estimated to be on the order of 7x10-7 [ohm sign].cm2. Fully processed devices clearly showed gate modulation albeit on top of high levels of source to drain leakage. The source of this leakage was determined to be the result of the unintentional background doping of the InP buffer layer. Simulations show that the inclusion of the p-InAlAs between the InP and InGaAs can effectively suppress this leakage. This work is a significant step towards the integration of InGaAs based devices on a standard CMOS platform. [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 detailIntegration of inland waterway transport in the intermodal supply chain: a taxonomy of research challenges
Caris, An; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Macharis, Cathy et al

in Journal of Transport Geography (2014), 41

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 lies in the evolving relationship between transport geography and logistics activities. The next set 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 third 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 fourth cluster 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 detailIntegration of longevity into the Walloon genetic evaluation system
Vanderick, Sylvie ULg; Croquet, Coraline; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

in Interbull Bulletin (2006), 35

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See detailIntegration of longevity into the Walloon genetic evaluation system
Vanderick, Sylvie ULg; Croquet, Coraline; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

Conference (2006, June)

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See detailIntegration of Migrants from a comparative perspective
Martiniello, Marco ULg

Scientific conference (2005, May 26)

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See detailIntegration of near-surface geophysical, geological and hydrogeological data with multiple-point geostatistics in alluvial aquifers
Hermans, Thomas ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Alluvial plains constitute essential geological bodies for environmental studies such as contaminated sites remediation, low-enthalpy geothermal energy or groundwater resources. The heterogeneity of these ... [more ▼]

Alluvial plains constitute essential geological bodies for environmental studies such as contaminated sites remediation, low-enthalpy geothermal energy or groundwater resources. The heterogeneity of these deposits governs flow processes and needs to be quantified. A proper description of such complex deposits requires an integrated approach combining geological, geophysical and hydrogeological data. Solving such spatial inverse problems in the Earth Sciences remains a considerable challenge given the large number of parameters to invert for, the non-linearity of forward models and, as a result, the ill-posedness of the problem. Geostatistics is therefore needed to specify prior models, more particularly, information to control the spatial features of the inverse solutions. Two-point geostatistical approaches have been developed to describe the heterogeneity of one geological formation but fail to reproduce the heterogeneity of fluvial deposits with multiple facies. Multiple-point statistics (MPS) introduced the training image (TI) concept to replace the variogram within an extended sequential simulation framework. The use of geophysics to constrain such simulations has been studied in the petroleum industry with wave-based methods (seismic reflection), but little research has been done to assess the use of near-surface potential methods to condition MPS in environmental studies. In this work, we propose to integrate geological (borehole logs), geophysical (electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) profiles) and hydrogeological (hydraulic heads) data within MPS models on the alluvial plain of the Meuse River, Belgium. Potential-based geophysical methods being integrative, they suffer from a relatively poor resolution. We first study how we can improve the informative content of geophysical inversion by including prior information in the ERT inverse problem. Three methods are tested and compared in several field cases, namely the reference model inversion, the structural inversion and the regularized geostatistical inversion. If every method has advantages and drawbacks, the best suited method for the considered problem is the regularized geostatistical method. Electromagnetic borehole logs enable to derive the vertical correlation length of electrical resistivity in the deposits and to subsequently use it to constrain the inversion. In addition to the knowledge of the bedrock position, it enables to retrieve an electrical resistivity distribution of the deposits close to direct observations. This ensures that geophysical models will be informative to constrain MPS simulations. Given the lack of geological and sedimentological data to build accurate TIs, a data base of TIs is built using several different parameters and scenarios. They are all based on a three facies description: clay/loam, sand and gravel corresponding to low, intermediate and high hydraulic conductivity. Then, we develop a methodology to verify the consistency of independently-built TIs with geophysical data. Our methodology starts by creating subsurface models with each TI. From these models we create synthetic geophysical data and from this synthetic data, synthetic inverted models. These models are now compared with a single inverted model obtained from the field survey, allowing for our definition of what is ``consistent''. To that extent, we calculate the Euclidean distance between any two inverted models as well as field data and visualize the results in a 2D or 3D space using multidimensional scaling (MDS). With this technique, it is possible to verify if field cases fall in the distribution represented by synthetic cases, and thus are consistent with them. In a second step, we present a cluster analysis on the MDS-map to highlight which parameters are the most sensitive for the construction of TI. Based on this analysis, a probability of each geological scenario is computed through kernel smoothing of the densities in reduced projected metric space. The integration of hydrogeological data is made through a stochastic inversion method: the probability perturbation method (PPM), using MPS constrained with geophysical data to generate models. The PPM algorithm automatically seeks solutions fitting both hydrogeological data and training-image based geostatistical constraints. Only geometrical features of the model are affected by the perturbation, i.e. we do not attempt to directly find the optimal value of hydrogeological parameters (chosen a priori), but the optimal spatial distribution of facies whose prior distribution is quantified in a training image. Tracing experiments may be used to further constrain hydrogeological models. ERT has proven its ability to monitor salt tracer tests, but few studies have investigated its performances in thermal tracing experiments. In this study, we demonstrate the ability of surface and crosshole ERT to image quantitatively temperature changes during heat injection experiments. Such resistivity data provides important information to improve hydrogeological models. Our study proves that ERT, especially crosshole ERT, is a reliable tool to follow thermal tracing experiments. It also confirms that ERT should be included to in situ techniques to characterize heat transfer in the subsurface and to monitor geothermal resources exploitation. [less ▲]

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