In this course you will learn to:
• describe transportation networks, logistics operations and distinguish between related synchronization issues in the network;
• design and apply models and solution approaches for port logistics and transportation;
• design and apply mathematical models and solution approaches to solve specific decision problems such as vehicle routing, scheduling and inventory control;
• indicate the challenges and solve specific decision problems in synchromodal transportation networks.
The aim of this course is to learn how to plan and control transport operations in supply chain networks. We study how to design and apply solution approaches to deal with typical decision problems that arise in transportation networks to make sure that the presented objectives will be met. In this course, we show you both qualitative and quantitative approaches to reach this goal for freight transportation. We study several types of facilities in more detail such as ports and cross-docking facilities. We treat various decision problems at the tactical and operational levels and examine supply chain synchronization issues in more detail. Examples include port logistics, vehicle routing in hinterland transportation networks and inventory-routing. Several modelling and simulation techniques are addressed to show how to tackle each of these decision problems and how to deal with uncertainty in the network. We discuss several important trends such as synchromodal transportation networks and new mathematical formulations.
Lecture 2 and 3: