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Combined Transport - Advanced Systems

Course Description:

Combination of transport modes. Systematic analysis of modes, evolutionary trends, terminals and operational cost for different transport modes (road/rail/air modes, public transport, combined transport and unitized cargoes. Operation and Exploitation. Just-in-time methods. Demand Management. Organization of transport systems and terminal design. Operating cost of transportation projects. Energy and environmental aspects of transportation.

Prerequisite Knowledge

Basic knowledge on port design, mathematics (analytical models, queuing theory, simulation), elementary economics.

Course Units

# Title Description Hours
1 Introduction Basic Definitions. Unitized cargo. Systematic analysis of modes, evolutionary trends, operational cost (Theory). 2Χ4=4
2 Terminal Design Transport Systems organization. Terminal design for cargo handling with emphasis on container terminals. Problem solving by use of Queuing Theory and Simulation models (Theory and Exercises) 10Χ4=40
3 Cost and Demand Demand management. Operating cost of transport projects (Theory and Exercises). 1Χ4=4
4 Energy and Environment Energy and environmental aspects of transportation (Theory) 1Χ4=4

Learning Objectives

After the successful completion of the course the students will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic types of unitized cargoes, the handling equipment at the yardside and landside of the terminals as well as the alternative organizational schemes of the associated operations. Moreover, the students will have a full understanding of the 3 methods used to design port terminal layouts (numerical method, queuing theory and simulation).
  2. Realise the interrelationship among individual choices and how they should be made in order to produce the best result.
  3. Understand (a) the impact of the above choices in terms of space and cost requirements for the installations and (b) that identifying the adequate method to determine the terminal layout is strongly depended on the type of problem under investigation.
  4. Construct calculation models for terminal design following the 3 methods (numerical method, queuing theory and simulation).
  5. Calculate the area demand, the number of equipment and in general be able to estimate the basic dimensions and requirements of cargoes handling.

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods Class Lectures are performed by presentations on the big screen of the amphitheater of Railways, by use of projector. During the teaching session, exercise material is distributed (exercise sheets addressing the problem, with diagrams and tables, in order save the time of copying the relevant information from the blackboard) and the students are asked to solve the relevant problems before the correct solution is presented by the Instructor.
Teaching media Presentation over the blackboard. Power Point Slides.
Laboratories The project assigned to the students is a simulation of the real procedure of setting up a technical office and submitting tender for undertaking a technical study.
Problems - Applications Problems: The students are requested to solve the problems in class, which are then corrected by the instructors and returned to the students.
Assignments (projects, reports) Project: The students are asked to carry out a “Project” that is mandatory for successfully passing the course. The assignment of the “Project” is done at the beginning of the course and its scope is to prepare a tender for undertaking a technical study concerning subjects relevant to the context of the course. The students have to form groups of 3 persons according to the formation of a technical office. Each group of students undertakes a different subject. The composing of the Tender Envelope is done gradually after several intermediate checks and guidelines from the Instructors. A pre-final examination is performed (without any impact on the final grade of the students) and a final oral examination on the context of the Tender Envelope.
Student presentations Oral presentation/examination of the project: In carrying out the assigned project, selected groups of students present their work at the end of the semester, in class, to the rest of their classmates.

Student Assessment

  • Final written exam: 70%
  • Assignments (projects, reports): 30%

Textbooks - Bibliography

  1. Stathopoulos A. (2006):”Combined transport-Specialised Systems-Computational Methods”, NTUA
  2. Abacoumkin C. “Unitized cargoes-Combined freight transport”, Symmetria Ed.
  3. Exercise material, delivered during the lectures (optional)

Lecture Time - Place:

  • Thursday, 13:45 – 17:30,
    Rooms:
    • Αμφ. Σιδ/κής