Scheduling techniques to optimise sugarcane rail transport systems

Masoud, Mahmoud, Kozan, Erhan, & Kent, Geoff (2009) Scheduling techniques to optimise sugarcane rail transport systems. In Kozan, Erhan (Ed.) 20th National Conference of Australian Society for Operations Research & the 5th International Intelligent Logistics System Conference, 27-30 September 2009, Gold Coast, QLD.


In Australia, railway systems play a vital role in transporting the sugarcane crop from farms to mills. In this paper, a novel job shop approach is proposed to create a more efficient integrated harvesting and sugarcane transport scheduling system to reduce the cost of sugarcane transport. There are several benefits that can be attained by treating the train scheduling problem as a job shop problem. Job shop is generic and suitable for all trains scheduling problems. Job shop technique prevents operating two trains on one section at the same time because it considers that the section or the machine is unique. This technique is more promising to find better solutions in reasonable computation times.

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ID Code: 94339
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Scheduling, Optimisation, Rail, Cane
ISBN: 9780646521152
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2016 04:35
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2016 01:32

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