Part of #An appropriate approach to routing disaster relief assessment teams# :
Publishing year : 2014
Conference : The 2nd International Congress on Architecture, Urban Development and Architecture
Number of pages : 11
Abstract: After having struck a major natural disaster like a earthquake, various organizations run around to reduce losses. These organizations may have their own strategy, but true demand information as their operational feed is a problem that they absolutely have something to do with. Assessment of demand is one of the most important parts of disaster response operations. Relief assessment teams are a group of vehicles that are sent to affected areas to assess relief demand. As time is a very sensitive factor in disaster management, routing and scheduling these teams is indispensable. The purpose of this paper is to formulate this issue more accurately based on two major problems that are vehicle routing and parallel machine scheduling so that the true demand is available for saving and rescue as soon as possible. The performance of the approach is tested on a number of randomly generated networks and the results show 13 percent improvement in the total completion time of operation in comparison with previous approaches.