Quotation Hrusovsky, Martin, Demir, Emrah, Jammernegg, Werner, Van Woensel, Tom. 2021. Real-time disruption management approach for intermodal freight transportation. Journal of Cleaner Production. 280 (2)




The share of intermodal transportation, which is often considered as a sustainable transportation alternative, is rather low compared to road transportation. There are several reasons for this situation, including the increased need for coordination of scheduled transport services and the reduced reliability of intermodal transport chains in case of disruptions. In this regard, developing an advanced algorithmic approach can help to handle real-time data during the execution of transportation and react adequately to detected unexpected events. In this way the reliability of intermodal transport can be increased, which might help to increase its usage and to minimize the negative externalities of freight transportation. This paper proposes a novel real-time decision support system based on a hybrid simulation-optimization approach for intermodal transportation which combines offline planning with online re-planning based on real-time data about unexpected events in the transportation network. For each detected disruption, the affected services and orders are identified and the best re-planning policy is applied. The proposed decision support system is successfully tested on real-life scenarios and is capable of delivering fast and reasonably good solutions in an online environment. This research might be of particular benefit to the transport industry for using advanced solution methodologies and give advice to transportation planners about the optimal policies that can be used in case of disruptions.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Real-time disruption management approach for intermodal freight transportation
Volume 280
Number 2
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://api.elsevier.com/content/article/PII:S0959652620348708?httpAccept=text/xml
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.124826
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652620348708?via%3Dihub


Hrusovsky, Martin (Details)
Jammernegg, Werner (Details)
Demir, Emrah (Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
Van Woensel, Tom (Eindhoven Unkiversity of Technology, Netherlands)
Institute for Production Management (Reiner) (Details)
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