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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2010 Vol.11 No.12 P.992-997


Distributed framework for yard planning in container terminals

Author(s):  Kap Hwan Kim, Xiao-hui Zhang

Affiliation(s):  Department of Industrial Engineering, Pusan National University, Gumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735, Korea, Department of Logistics Information Technology, Pusan National University, Gumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735, Korea

Corresponding email(s):   kapkim@pusan.ac.kr, zhangxh@pusan.ac.kr

Key Words:  Workload, Yard planning, Container terminal, Distributed planning

Kap Hwan Kim, Xiao-hui Zhang. Distributed framework for yard planning in container terminals[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2010, 11(12): 992-997.

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This study discusses a yard planning system, which considers various resources such as storage space, yard cranes, and traffic areas in container terminals. The system is based on the function for estimating resource requirements of yard plans. For a given yard plan, the proposed system allows planners to check the feasibility of the plan which requires a certain amount of workload of resources in related blocks during a planning horizon. The yard planning system in this study is aimed at balancing workloads among the blocks and providing the ability to modify current yard plans by detecting blocks and periods with overloaded workloads. The system implements its planning function in a distributed manner in which planners construct yard plans under their individual control and send and receive only limited necessary information for the negotiation.

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