BE LOGIC: Benchmarking Logistics Chains

BE LOGIC is a European FP7 project which aims at benchmarking transport chains. For this purpose two tools have been developed: (1) the Logistics Benchmarking Tool, to compare two alternative transport chains on six main criteria: time, cost, flexibility, reliability, quality and sustainability. The tool can be used to support companies, especially Small Medium Enterprises, to chose proper modes of transport and their combinations while aiming at improving their logistics sustainability performance; and (2) the European Intermodal Route Finder (EIRF), enabling users to construct their own intermodal routes (direct terminal-terminal relations and indirect terminal relations using one transshipment terminal). The EIRF can best be compared to a public transport route planner or for flights, but for containers instead. It offers the possibility to print intermodal route reports, providing the user with an overview of intermodal alternatives on a certain origin-destination relation (OD), including information on transit times, frequencies and modes used for each alternative that has been found in the database. The EIRF comprises around 800 intermodal terminals (including sea, inland waterways and rail) across the EU27 plus Norway and Switzerland. The route finder has been developed in MS Access for the stand alone version; a web version of the EIRF, based on SQL Server, is available at In the period November 2010 - January 2011 both tools have been demonstrated and tested in real use cases. Based on the outcomes of the testing, preliminary recommendations have been made on the further development and exploitation of both tools. Since BE LOGIC ended in February 2011, the main question now is how to keep the tools alive and even further improve them. The paper will describe both tools in detail and the options to improve them along the recommendations made by the users.


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  • Accession Number: 01487512
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2013 1:58PM