A hybrid method based on linear programming and tabu search for routing of logging trucks
2009 (English)In: Computers & Operations Research, ISSN 0305-0548, Vol. 36, no 4, 1122-1144 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper, we consider an operational routing problem to decide the daily routes of logging trucks in forestry. This industrial problem is difficult and includes aspects such as pickup and delivery with split pickups, multiple products, time windows, several time periods, multiple depots, driver changes and a heterogeneous truck fleet. In addition, the problem size is large and the solution time limited. We describe a two-phase solution approach which transforms the problem into a standard vehicle routing problem with time windows. In the first phase, we solve an LP problem in order to find a destination of flow from supply points to demand points. Based on this solution, we create transport nodes which each defines the origin(s) and destination for a full truckload. In phase two, we make use of a standard tabu search method to combine these transport nodes, which can be considered to be customers in vehicle routing problems, into actual routes. The tabu search method is extended to consider some new features. The solution approach is tested on a set of industrial cases from major forest companies in Sweden.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 36, no 4, 1122-1144 p.
Forestry, Routing, Tabu search, Linear Programming, OR in Practice
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85519DOI: 10.1016/j.cor.2007.12.012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-85519DiVA: diva2:571178