Elise Miller-Hooks

Publications: Journal 50

“Scheduling Deliveries with Backhauls in Thailand's Cement Industry”

Transportation Research Record 2269, 73-82.
Paraphantakul, C., E. Miller-Hooks and S. Opasanon (2012)

Pub50In this study, the Truckload Delivery with Backhaul Scheduling Problem (TDBSP) is formulated and an Ant Colony Optimization methodology developed for a related problem, the Vehicle Routing Problem with Backhaul and Time Windows (VRPBTW), is adapted for its solution. The TDBSP differs from the VRPBTW in that shipments are in units of truckloads, multiple time windows in multiple days are available for delivery to customers, limited space for servicing customers is available and multiple visits to each customer may be required. The problem is motivated by a real-world application arising at a leading cement producer in Thailand. Experts at the cement production plant assign vehicles to cement customers and lignite mines based on manual computations and experience. This study provides mathematical and computational frameworks for modeling and solving this real-world application.


Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

Phone: 703.993.1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu

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Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
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