Maximizing Port and Transportation System Productivity by Exploring Alternative Port Operation Strategies

The ultimate objective of this project is to explore solutions for maximizing both port and freight industry productivity with better visibility, understanding, and measure of their operations and interactions. These interactions will include the gate queue behavior and communication (e.g. container arrival time) between the port and the freight industry. A video-based sensing system will be developed to provide better visibility of gate operations and activities (e.g. truck waiting time and characteristics of the queued trucks). By collaborating with the port and freight industry's decision-makers about their processes and operations (e.g. freight dispatching and management), we will have a better understanding of all port operations. A stochastic simulation model of the interaction between the port and freight industry to provide better visibility and understanding on their interactions will be developed. The research team will work with the port and the freight industry, including Home Depot, to study port operations and freight management performance measures and decision-making processes. Through the study, we hope to identify new processes and an information sharing platform between the freight industry and the port of Savannah that can lead to more productive truck arrivals.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The outcomes of this research, including the gate queue study, will provide crucial information for ports in the nation that are seeking a win-win strategy to increase port and freight industry productivity and to reduce local traffic congestion.


  • English


  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Georgia Logistics Innovation Center

    190 Technology Circle
    Suite 173
    Savanah, Georgia  USA  31407

    Georgia Transportation Institute University Transportation Center

    790 Atlantic Drive
    Atlanta, GA  USA  30332-0355
  • Project Managers:

    Tsai, James

  • Performing Organizations:

    Georgia Southern University

    Department of Construction Management and Civil Engienering Technology
    P.O. 8047
    Statesboro, GA  USA  30460

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Atlanta, GA  USA  30332
  • Principal Investigators:

    Shen, Junan

    Tsai, James

  • Start Date: 20090901
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100901
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23190

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01475647
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Georgia Transportation Institute University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0051
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 15 2013 12:56AM