This project will develop a mathematical model and computer tools that will help with the distribution of products harvested in cutblocks to plants, so as to minimize transportation expenses and the cost of moving forestry equipment. This model will consider the possibility of backhauls, which reduces empty-load transportation. Constraints will include the offer from cutblocks by period and by product, as well as the demand from plants by period and by product. The model will take into account travel distances between each starting point and each destination. It will be solved with a linear integer programming software, and the tools developed will be integrated into the industrial partner's existing software programs.
Dr. Bernard Gendron
Automotive and transportation
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