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Multi-terminal vehicle-dispatch algorithm

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  • Gillett, Billy E
  • Johnson, Jerry G
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    This paper introduces the Multi-Terminal Sweep Algorithm, a heuristic algorithm for obtaining an approximate solution to the multiple terminal vehicle-dispatch problem. The procedure determines a set of routes by which vehicles from two or more terminals can service a collection of demand points so that the total distance traveled is kept near to the minimum. This solution also satisfies constraints on the vehicle load and on the length of each route. Application of the algorithm to eleven multiple terminal vehicle-dispatch problems shows that near-optimal solutions to large-scale problems can be found in a reasonable amount of computer time.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Omega.

    Volume (Year): 4 (1976)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 711-718

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:4:y:1976:i:6:p:711-718

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    3. Nagy, Gabor & Salhi, Said, 2005. "Heuristic algorithms for single and multiple depot vehicle routing problems with pickups and deliveries," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 162(1), pages 126-141, April.
    4. Crevier, Benoit & Cordeau, Jean-Francois & Laporte, Gilbert, 2007. "The multi-depot vehicle routing problem with inter-depot routes," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 176(2), pages 756-773, January.
    5. Matsatsinis, Nikolaos F., 2004. "Towards a decision support system for the ready concrete distribution system: A case of a Greek company," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 152(2), pages 487-499, January.

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