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Near-optimal location of two landings on flat, uniform terrain

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This paper presents a solution to the general transportation problem of optimally locating two facilities in the plane with the objective of minimizing expected straight-line travel cost from the facilities to demand points that are continuously distributed in probability across a complex polygonal region. Using this procedure, two landings can be optimally located on a harvest unit with respect to yarding costs; however, the cost of building roads to and hauling logs from the two landings must be optimized separately. In this respect, the present model does not optimize the trade-off between yarding and trucking of logs. Two examples are presented and analyzed. Future research opportunities are identified.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 11, 2012

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