Efficient Dredging Strategies for Improving Transportation Infrastructure Resilience

The inland navigation system is highly dependent on uncertain natural factors such as shoaling that can render waterways unnavigable. In order to ensure waterway navigability, maintenance dredging must be completed. The authors consider the problem of selecting a budget-limited subset of maintenance dredging projects to maximize the expected commodity tonnage that can be transported through the inland waterway system. Our model incorporates uncertainty due to unpredictable amount of budget required for emergency dredging. This problem is modeled as a two-stage stochastic program and a genetic algorithm is developed as a solution approach. The model and heuristic is implemented using data obtained for the U.S. inland waterway network.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center (MarTREC)

    University of Arkansas
    4190 Bell Engineering Center
    Fayetteville, AR  United States  72701

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Sullivan, Kelly
    • Ahadi, Khatereh
  • Publication Date: 2017-2-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Research Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 37p

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  • Accession Number: 01630039
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC50
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2017 9:29AM