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10-06 Moving Containers Efficiently with Less Impact: Dynamic Modeling and Decision-Support Architecture for Clean Port Technologies

Project Number

10-06

Project Summary

Moving Containers Efficiently with Less Impact: Dynamic Modeling and Decision-Support Architecture for Clean Port Technologies

Project Status

Complete

Project Report

Year

2010

Topic Area

Goods Movement & International Trade

Co-P.I.

Associate Professor, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; USC Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California
3715 McClintock Ave.
Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center (GER) 206B
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0193
United States
mrahimi@usc.edu

Project Objective:

We propose to use system dynamics modeling to assess the impacts of clean technologies and fuels on three factors (emissions, cost, and time) associated with the transport of a typical twenty foot equivalent (TEU) container. We will do this at two, interdependent spatial scales: 1) factory in China to U.S. retailer and 2) Port of Los Angeles to Inland Empire distribution centers. The results from the modeling will form the architecture for an internet-based goods movement decision- support tool.

Task Descriptions
(1) Define and Scope the System Boundary

(2) Gather and Validate the Data

(3) Build the Model Prototypes

(4) Validate and Refine the Models

(5) Address computational constraints

(6) Build and Evaluate the Model Interface and Architecture

(7) Project Deliverables

Milestones, Dates:
(1) August 24th, 2009 - September 30th, 2009

(2) October 1st, 2009 - December 1st, 2009

(3) September 1st, 2009 - December 1st, 2009

(4) December 1st, 2009 - February 1st, 2010

(5) February 1st, 2010 - May 30th, 2010

(6) October 1st, 2009 - July 30th, 2010

Total Budget:
$89,341

Student Involvement:
Two graduate students at 25% effort, 11 months

Relationship to Other Research Projects:
Related to 99-03, 07-01; part of the goods movement focus area

Technology Transfer Activities:
Project report will be posted soon

Potential Benefits of the Project:
Expansion of clean air and technology programs for freight on a global basis

TRB Keywords:
Global connectivity, reduced congestion, environmental stewardship

Primary Subject:
2p.1 To assess the impacts of clean technologies and fuels with the transport of a typical container