I have returned from a week-long conference trip from Poznan Poland. 14th EWGT Meeting was fun. I have presented a paper in the session on location which I also chaired. The research themes were too broad therefore making a problem to get directly correlated papers with my research interests. Anyway there were few interesting presentation.
The papers submitted to the Conference several months ago and positively reviewed by reviewers were accepted for the publication in the Elsevier journal, Procedia – Social and Behavioral Science, Vol. 20 (2011). It is published and available for free on the web site:
This was our paper:
Cathy Macharis, Ethem Pekin, Piet Rietveld, Location Analysis Model for Belgian Intermodal Terminals: towards an integration of the modal choice variables, Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 20, 2011, Pages 79-89, ISSN 1877-0428, 10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.08.013.
Abstract: Intermodal transport, the combination and integration of several transport modes, with the use of loading units, is in most cases more environmentally friendly than unimodal road transport for the carriage of goods. The LAMBIT-model (Location Analysis Model for Belgian Intermodal Terminals) has been developed to analyse the market areas of intermodal terminals and potential ones. In the LAMBIT model, barge/road and rail/road intermodal chains can be compared to unimodal road transport within Belgium. In this paper we show how to include, next to market prices the value of time in the model and how to integrate other cost factors, such as congestion, the possibility to use the terminal as an empty depot function and the distance of the post haulage section.
Keywords: Intermodal transport; GIS network model; modal choice variables