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Diseño de terminales interiores y portuarias de contenedores: herramientas y metodologías para el proceso de toma de decisiones

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20170217001
Publicado:
14/03/2017
Caducidad:
14/03/2018
Resumen:
Una pyme española con experiencia en desarrollar herramientas innovadoras para diseñar terminales de contenedores mediante técnicas de toma de decisiones acaba de crear una serie de herramientas basadas en el proceso de análisis jerárquico (AHP) que tiene en cuenta los aspectos más importantes: vigilancia y seguridad, cuidado del medioambiente y rentabilidad. La metodología desarrollada para el proceso de toma de decisiones se presenta a los usuarios en una interfaz gráfica (GUI) sencilla y está dirigida a ingenieros, diseñadores e investigadores del sector de terminales de contenedores, gestores de terminales existentes que quieran validar el diseño actual y gestores de terminales nuevas. La empresa busca socios con el fin de establecer acuerdos de investigación o comercialización con asistencia técnica para adaptar las tecnologías a situaciones y necesidades específicas.

Details

Tittle:
Inland and port container terminals design: tools and methodologies for the decision-making process
Summary:
A Spanish SME, expert in developing innovative tools for designing the layout of terminals of containers based in multicriteria decision-making techniques, has recently created a series of tools based on the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) that consider the most relevant points: safety and security, environmental care and cost efficiency. They seek partners for R-Y-D agreements or commercial agreements with technical assistance to adapt the technologies to specific situations and requirements.
Description:
International transport of containers is rising every year, increasing the risks associated with their handling and storage in seaports, and rising traffic in port access roads. Moreover, hazardous goods can only be stored in seaports for a determined period of time, and private warehouses by law can store only a determined quantity. To address these problems, safe inland terminals need to be developed.

Previous academic research and projects conducted in the field of inland terminals dealt with aspects of management and operations, cost efficiency and safety and environmental issues of conventional inland terminals.

A high percentage of papers published on the topic are focused on container handling equipment (CHE) performance in a direct study of costs or an indirect approach based on space and loading-unloading operating time minimisation. For example, an optimization model has been proposed to determine the layout of a container yard with the objective of minimizing costs and genetic algorithms have been applied for solving container handling problems in ship service time (loading/unloading).

There are also papers about the environmental aspects applied to the design of terminals: a model to minimise the distance covered by the equipment in load and unload operations has been developed and different CHE have been compared based on three criteria: working efficiency, energy saving, and carbon reduction performances.

The studies facing the design from a safety point of view are very scarce. A book chapter dealing with layout evaluation indexes system of ports with dangerous goods based on analytical hierarchy process (AHP) method was published.

Regarding to previous projects, they had been focused on different aspects: the identification of environmental key performance indicators for inland terminals, the study of container handling in intermodal nodes, the reduction of carbon footprint or the study of eco-efficient alternatives for cranes and operations at ports.

However one of the main problems of current container terminal design methodologies is that they do not face the design of the terminals from a general point of view, taking into account all the areas involved. Another disadvantage of current methodologies is that they do not address the presence of dangerous goods and the extrapolation is a complex issue.

A Spanish SME dedicated to R-Y-D-Y-I activities and services provider is expert in developing innovative tools for designing the layout of terminals of containers based in multicriteria decision-making techniques, and they have recently created a series of tools based on the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) technique in order to consider the most relevant points: safety and security, environmental care and cost efficiency.

The developed methodology for the decision-making process is presented to users in an easy GUI (graphical user interface) that is addressed to:

(i) Engineers, designers and researchers in the field of container terminals.
(ii) Managers of existing terminals that want to validate the actual layout design, or manage changes of machines and layouts in an appropriate way.
(iii) Managers of new container terminals.
The described technology can be used in the design of port and inland container terminals with or without dangerous goods, reducing the carbon footprint and increasing the safety and cost efficiency.

The company would like to find partners to establish research agreements in the framework of European Programmes for R-Y-D-Y-I. Furthermore collaborations as commercial agreements with technical assistance to adapt the technologies to specific situations and requirements are also considered. This kind of cooperation could be established with managers and designers of port and inland container terminals, consultants and certification/inspection bodies and authorities, associations and other involved stakeholders.
Advantages and Innovations:
The main advantage of the developed multicriteria decision tool for container terminals based on AHP technique is that it allows the design of container terminals taking into account different criteria (operational, environmental and safety criteria) at the same time and considering the presence or not of dangerous goods in the terminal.

The main innovation of the developed AHP multiple criteria decision tool is that it will allow the introduction of new inland port terminals with dangerous goods (DG). This will:

- Allow customers to leave/pick up their containers with chemicals and DG in inland port terminals without restrictions to needs of the surrounding industry;
- Drastically diminish consequences in case of accident or terrorist attack in sea ports.
- Increase the use of the most energy-efficient transport modes using more efficient connections, in particular rail.
- Reduction of road congestion, noise and stress.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
IPs:
Secret Know-how,Trade Marks

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
For research collaboration agreements any kind of partner will be welcome, university, technology centre or companies.

For the commercial agreements with technical assistance, the potential partners could be companies, designers, consultancies or port managers.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 11-49
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
02009022 Sistemas de seguridad
02010003 Sistemas y transporte