Developing schedules for mixed rail and road cane transport systems

Kent, Geoffrey Alan (2013) Developing schedules for mixed rail and road cane transport systems. In Bruce, Robin C. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 35th Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Townsville, QLD.

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This paper addresses the problem of scheduling a cane transport system involving both rail transport and road transport, where the road transport operates from several sidings in the rail network.

An iterative approach for scheduling the rail transport system has been developed using existing rail transport scheduling tools. The assumption that harvesters serviced by road transport are effectively operating from the rail siding from which their bins are supplied seems a reasonable starting point for the analysis. There is a need to manually modify the schedule to take into account the road transport schedule to ensure that full bins are not collected before the road transport system delivers them back to the rail siding.

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ID Code: 59447
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Scheduling, Cane transport, Cane rail transport, Cane road transport
ISSN: 0726-0822
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Operations Research (010206)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Copyright Statement: © 2013. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission of the publisher. Published in 2013 in Mackay, Queensland, by the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Ltd (
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2013 22:19
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 13:00

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