An integrated approach to optimise sugarcane rail operations

Masoud, Mahmoud, Kozan, Erhan, Kent, Geoff, & Liu, Shi Qiang (2016) An integrated approach to optimise sugarcane rail operations. Computers and Industrial Engineering, 98, pp. 211-220.

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In Australia, the railway system plays a vital role in transporting the sugarcane crop from farms to mills. The sugarcane transport system is complex as it routines a daily schedule, which consists of a set of train runs to satisfy the requirements of the mills and harvesters. A constrain programming approach is used to formulate this complicated system. Metaheuristic techniques and constraint programming are hybridised as an efficient solution approach. Thus, a better sugarcane transport scheduling system is achieved to maximise the throughput of sugarcane transport. A numerical investigation is presented and demonstrates that high-quality solutions are obtainable for industry-scale applications in a reasonable time.

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ID Code: 96015
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sugarcane Transport; Train Scheduling; Job Shop Scheduling; Constraint Programming; Metaheuristics
DOI: 10.1016/j.cie.2016.06.002
ISSN: 0360-8352
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.cie.2016.06.002
Deposited On: 09 Jun 2016 22:03
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2016 04:05

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