Modeling Dynamic Behavior of Navigable Inland Waterways

The inland waterway freight system is a tremendous and underutilized asset within the United States (U.S.) transportation system, providing an economical and environmentally sound mode for moving cargo. However, the system is challenged with aging infrastructure and limited operations and maintenance budgets which can cause transportation delays and economic losses. The research team proposes to utilize their previously developed Maritime Transportation Simulator (MarTranS), which integrates agent-based modeling, discrete-event simulation, and system dynamics, to further explore the relationship between inland waterway transportation system components and regional economic impact factors. The team will also develop statistical models and decision support tools to provide expanded information about the system and its current and future behavior. This research is needed to provide new data analytics and knowledge that can guide future investment, operations, and maintenance decisions.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $233604
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center

      University of Arkansas
      Fayetteville, AR  United States  72701
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

      Department of Industrial Engineering
      Fayetteville, AR  United States  72701
    • Principal Investigators:

      Nachtmann, Heather

      Chimka, Justin

    • Start Date: 20180813
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240331
    • Actual Completion Date: 20240331
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01681644
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747130
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 22 2018 2:19PM