Decision Support Platform for Urban Freight Transport

TitleDecision Support Platform for Urban Freight Transport
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsQuijano, PDavid Guti
EditorBlecker, T, Kersten, W, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsOperational Excellence in Logistics and Supply Chains
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-7375-4056-8
Other NumbersISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
KeywordsAgent-based, GIS, Supply Chain, Transport

Urban transport in cities is composed of many micro-transport systems. Each one of
these has negative effect on the urban mobility. The study and analysis of one of
these micro-transport systems is an effective way to understand the problem and
consequently to propose new solutions, as well as a source of information to improve
the urban transport system. In this paper we focus on the urban goods
transport system that emerges from a particular supply chain, we support on a GIS
(Geographic information system) computer simulation model to understand and analyze
a case study. The simulation model developed is an example on how the abstraction
approach of agent-based modeling (ABM) integrated with GIS can be used
to represent the complexity inherent in the urban transport system. The novelty of
our approach lies mainly in the fact of being able to analyze the combined effect between
supply chain management and transportation system. The use of ABM allow
us to model behaviors, negotiations and other social properties of the system’s entities
represented as agents, it can also help with understanding the emerging system’s
behaviors from an independent level. As a result of our study, the conceptual
multi-agent model is presented and implemented in JAVA programing language,
which is used for simulation experiments on the analysis of routing and departure
time choice, with the goal to propose a plan to improve the micro-transport system
under study.