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Title Tactical Evaluation of Intermodal Transportation Routes
Author Vetevood, Sigrid
Supervisor Larsen, Allan (Logistics & ITS, Department of Transport, Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark)
Institution Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Thesis level Master's thesis
Year 2008
Abstract The demand for transportation is increasing due to the globalisation, at the same time the imbalance between transport modes is enlarging. These issues give rise to several transportation originated problems such as congestion, increased travel time, noise, accidents and emissions to name a few. In addition, the prices of transport do not reflect the real cost to society, because the externalities of transportation are not considered. The European Commission intends to impose charges for external cost of transport over the coming years, therefore a directive proposal has already been made. Furthermore, business sector is becoming more aware of environmental issues. The foreseeable changes in transport sector and a highly competitive business environment forces the companies to revise their distribution networks occasionally, in order to keep their competitive advantages. The work presented in the given thesis is considering intermodal transport chains and is dedicated to specifying the requirements for a general evaluation model framework. The objective of the model is to optimise the overall transport cost, while taking into account the externalities of transport. First it is identified whether there exists the need for an evaluation model, which is ap- plied on business level and is able to compare unimodal and intemodal transportation alternatives. A review of the work done within field is given. The model parameters, including the Key Performance Indicators of the companies, and the requirements for developing the model are clarified by interviewing specialists and relevant parties. A small example of an evaluation model is developed and demonstrated. The conclusion drawn from this thesis is that there exists a huge potential for such an evaluation model. The representatives from the transportation sector who were interviewed for this thesis are interested in revising their transportation network and willing to consider alternative transport opportunities. However there are obstacles preventing a prototype implementation of the framework at the moment. First, it is very complicated to develop a general model which would be suitable for specific company’s network. In addition, the revealed lack of data and data inconsistency is a serious issue, which only can be overcome by the cooperation between business sector and the European Union institutions.
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