An application of discrete-event theory to truck dispatching
This article focuses on the dispatching problem of an oilsand excavation process subject to production objectives and specifications. Herein, we cast the truck dispatching task in a decision-making framework for determining solutions and helping a dispatcher to make decisions. In this paper, we apply the discrete-event formalism to investigate the dispatching of a large truck fleet. For this purpose, we examine the capabilities and limitations of two distinct theories: discrete-event system (DES) and vector discrete-event system (VDES). Despite their differences, both theories can be used to model the logical structure of the dispatching process. These theories also provide techniques for implementing specifications and representing solutions in a compact manner. The results of this paper demonstrate that current procedures and tools available for DES allow a broader range of techniques to be applied, thus increasing the likelihood of finding a suitable solution. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2007
Volume (Year): 15 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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