WIT Press


Use Of Operations Research To Facilitate And Improve Railway Planning

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CR000221

Volume

50

Pages

9

Published

2000

Size

851 kb

Author(s)

R.M. Lentink, M.A. Odijk, R. Freling & IS. de Wit

Abstract

Use of Operations Research to facilitate and improve railway planning R.M. Lentink, M.A. Odijk, R. Freling & IS. de Wit ORTEC Consultants bv The Netherlands Abstract In this paper we address two different railway-planning tools that ORTEC Consultants has developed for Dutch railway companies. Both tools are based on a sophisticated use of Operations Research techniques and provide living examples of the power of mathematical modelling when applied to railway planning problems. 1 Introduction The first tool we discuss is an application to calculate the traffic load on parts of the Dutch railway network given a cyclic timetable. This tool, called the Traffic Load tool, is built by ORTEC for Railned (Utrecht, The Netherlands) on top of the DONS database. DONS is Railned's automatic timetable generator that is well known from previous COMPRAIL meetings. As such, the Traffic Load tool serves to analyze the robustness of timetables generated using the DONS system. The Tr

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