Improving Freight Transport Mobility and Efficiency via Synchronization

Description: This research project will explore opportunities for dynamic re-planning of a facility’s inbound and outbound shipments as well as the rescheduling of trucks to minimize the impact of disruptions on the supply chain. A proof of concept system, focusing on cross-docks, will be developed. The goal of the proof-of-concept is to demonstrate how current connected vehicles and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies can be used to enable two-way communications between the cross-dock and connected trucks at different distances/time intervals to enable synchronized operations. To accomplish this, cross-dock operations and truck movements will be simulated and evaluated in an emulated environment using the Connected Vehicle Application Development Platform (CVDeP) developed by the Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility (C2M2). Intellectual Merit: The goals and objectives of the proposed research are to explore opportunities for dynamic re-planning of a facility’s inbound and outbound shipments as well as the rescheduling of trucks to minimize the impact of disruptions on the supply chain. A proof of concept system will be developed to show that dynamic re-planning and rescheduling can be facilitated by using connected vehicles and V2I. It is anticipated that the proposed proof-of-concept can be extended and applied to actual freight systems. Successful implementation of freight synchronization will create a transportation system that is: (1) more resilient to disruptions and (2) more efficient by requiring fewer resources to produce higher throughput. Additional benefits include reduced cost, fuel/energy consumption, and carbon footprint. Broader Impacts: The broad aim of this research project is to produce a useful and practical tool. To this end, the developed models and tools will be made available for use by South Carolina’s DOT, Council of Governments, and Department of Commerce. Codes, sample data sets, and tutorials will be made available on the C2M2 website as well as on Github for other researchers to access, analyze, and extend.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $112602
    • 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

      Mason, Scott

    • Start Date: 20200915
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220916
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01838168
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747117
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Mar 4 2022 3:39PM