European Transport / Trasporti Europei (2010) 46/XVI

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Special issue on: Freight Transport Modeling

Riccardo Rossi, Massimiliano Gastaldi, Silvio Nocera, Romeo Danielis
Introduction

Antonio Polimeni, Francesco Russo, Antonino Vitetta
Demand and routing models for urban goods movement simulation

Jan Fabian Ehmke, Dirk Christian Mattfeld
Data allocation and application for time-dependent vehicle routing in city logistics

Annamaria Tiso, Mauro Dell'Orco, Domenico Sassanelli
A community of agents as a tool to optimize industrial districts logistics

Armando Carteni, Stefano de Luca
Analysis and modeling of container handling equipment activities

Gian Carlo Cassone, Daniela Gattuso
Models of intermodal node representation

Alessandro Baldassarra, Stefano Impastato, Stefano Ricci
Intermodal terminal simulation for operations management

Valentina Boschian, Mariagrazia Dotoli, Maria Pia Fanti, Giorgio Iacobellis, Walter Ukovich
A metamodelling approach for performance evaluation of intermodal transportation networks

Romeo Danielis, Lucia Rotaris, Edoardo Marcucci
Urban freight policies and distribution channels: a discussion based on evidence from Italian cities

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    European Transport / Trasporti Europei
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    Urban freight policies and distribution channels: a discussion based on evidence from Italian cities
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010)
    Danielis, Romeo
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    Rotaris, Lucia
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    Marcucci, Edoardo
    Urban areas are vital centers of economic activity and innovation generating large economies of density and proximity. Yet, procuring and distributing goods in an urban context is fraught with difficulties because of infrastructure congestion, external costs, conflicting objectives among stakeholders, and asymmetric information. In order to improve the performance of the urban goods transport system many policies have been proposed, including goods vehicle time windows, vehicle-type restrictions, loading\unloading policies, fiscal policies, the promotion urban transhipment and consolidation centres. Unfortunately, not much is known concerning how these policies affect the existing distribution practices. It is quite likely that the impact is differentiated by type of product and distribution channel. The aim of this paper is to explore this issue. Drawing on the existing literature and on the empirical evidence from some Italian cities, the paper identifies and discusses the relationship between each of the above-mentioned policies and the distribution channels of some goods (fresh food sold in retail stores, food distributed by Hotels, Restaurants and Catering (Ho.Re.Ca.), pharmaceutical products and clothing&footwear) which are commonly distributed in Italian urban centers. It is found that the distribution of pharmaceutical products is unaffected by these policies, whereas the distribution of fresh food is negatively affected especially by access time regulation and loading\unloading policies. The Ho.Re.Ca. and the clothing&footwear channels are likely to be impacted the most by fiscal policies and by the promotion of urban transhipment and consolidation centres.
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    A metamodelling approach for performance evaluation of intermodal transportation networks
    (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010)
    Boschian, Valentina
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    Dotoli, Mariagrazia
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    Fanti, Maria Pia
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    Iacobellis, Giorgio
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    Ukovich, Walter
    The paper proposes a metamodelling procedure devoted to provide a reference model to be used by decision makers in the performance evaluation of Intermodal Transportation Network (ITN). In order to obtain a generic model describing a nonspecific ITN from the structural and behavioural point of view, the metamodelling approach consists in applying a top down and modular procedure. The model is specified by the well known Unified Modelling Language (UML), a graphic and textual modelling formalism intended to describe systems from structural and dynamics viewpoints. Hence, the paper models a generic ITN starting from the network description and shows by a case study the metamodel of one of the most important nodes that compose it: the port subsystem. Moreover, the case study model is translated in a simulation software and the performance measures obtained by the simulation results are shown.
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    Intermodal terminals simulation for operation management
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    Baldassarra, Alessandro
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    Impastato, Stefano
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    Ricci, Stefano
    A freight terminal is a key node in a transportation network and the transit time of containers through this terminal represents one of the most relevant bottleneck in logistic chains. The system performance reduction and the corresponding increase of transit time is often due to the increase of the freight flow without a corresponding increase of stacking and handling capacity. For this purpose it was decided to approach the problem by a discrete event simulation model, in order to reproduce the activities carried out inside an intermodal terminal, to calculate the total transit time and to identify the bottlenecks. The transit time of a cargo unit in a terminal is the summation of times required for the development of each phase of the process (waiting time + operational time). Therefore, the first step was the identification of the main activities and the analysis of waiting and operational phases, in order to quantify the times of each phase. For modelling the software Planimate® was used. Planimate® allows the simulation of a process as a set of discrete events, in series or in parallel, through the use of hierarchical networks. In order to optimise handling operations on containers, different scenarios were simulated with various fleets of trailers and front cranes to investigate the corresponding variations of performance indicators. For the application of the model an Italian case study was chosen: the container terminal inside the harbour of Livorno (Darsena Toscana Terminal).
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    Models of intermodal node representation
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    Cassone, Gian Carla
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    Gattuso, Domenico
    This paper analyses three different approaches of supply representation for intermodal nodes and proposes some functional and topological models for the representation of ports and Freight Villages. Besides in the paper functional and topological representation of container port and freight village are proposed. Further research is directed to the specification and calibration of cost functions, useful for cost estimation for different components of node network, with a view to facilitate the analyses of freight mobility on multimodal large networks.
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