Development of a Tool to Assess Effectiveness of Intermodal FacilityLocations and Designs

Description: Current logistics systems in the U.S. are inefficient and the results of this inefficiency is wasted fuel, increased costs, and escalating congestion along roads and within urban centers. This project will explore fundamental elements of both innovative infrastructure that is part of a connected logistics system and functional features of this system that will be required to support a future paradigm based on on-demand logistics. Our execution plan begins with a literature review focusing especially on collaborative logistics and multimodal facilities that use connectivity in any form (e.g., autonomous material handling device to move freight). Then, we will use South Carolina as a case study to investigate location and functional requirement on freight transfer terminals as well as exploring the effectiveness of on-demand logistics. To accomplish this, real data will be used to quantify and estimate future freight flows. Then, several types of freight transfer facilities will be identified that support short and long-term improvements. Models will be developed that capture key parameters of freight flow and provides strategic insight into possible locations for multimodal freight terminals and the functional requirements for these terminals. Intellectual Merit: A practical and user-oriented tool will be developed based on insights from the models to assist decision makers assess the effectiveness of different intermodal facility locations and designs with respect to different freight movement strategies. Broader Impacts: This project will identify and provide the means to enhance synchronization between transportation modes and create synergies with vehicle and infrastructure automation in order to provide intermodal network flexibility, reliability, resiliency, and demand-responsive customization.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $142887
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551747117

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility

    Clemson University
    Clemson, SC  United States  29634

    University of South Carolina, Columbia

    502 Byrnes Building
    Columbia, SC  United States  29208

    Clemson University

    110 Lowry Hall
    Box 340911
    Clemson, SC  United States  29634-0911
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of South Carolina, Columbia

    502 Byrnes Building
    Columbia, SC  United States  29208
  • Project Managers:

    Huynh, Nathan

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of South Carolina, Columbia

    502 Byrnes Building
    Columbia, SC  United States  29208

    Clemson University

    110 Lowry Hall
    Box 340911
    Clemson, SC  United States  29634-0911
  • Principal Investigators:

    Huynh, Nathan

    Ferrell, William

  • Start Date: 20171001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180430
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01689033
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747117
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 18 2018 12:39PM