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A decision support system to load containers to double-stack rail cars

TitleA decision support system to load containers to double-stack rail cars
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsPacanovsky D.L., Jahren CT, Palmer RN, Newman RR, Howland DL
JournalCivil Engineering Systems
Volume11
Issue4
Start Page247
Pagination247-261
Date Published05/1995
Keywordsfreight, intermodal, Railroad, Simulation
Abstract

This paper investigates intermodal rail terminal operations and describes the development of a computerized decision support system to load containers on double-stack trains efficiently. The support system, referred to as the Double Stack Planner (DSP), simulates many tasks performed by rail personnel who manually assign containers to rail car locations. DSP's rule base may be modified to load trains according to a variety of loading strategies, however, all maintain platform and truck load restrictions. Comparisons of these loading strategies illustrate the sensitivity of different criteria to the load quality of a train.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02630259508970149
DOI10.1080/02630259508970149