1st Edition

Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Optimization

By Sami Faiz, Saoussen Krichen Copyright 2013
    176 Pages 12 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book deals with the basic concepts of GIS and optimization. It provides an overview of various integration protocols that are termed GIS-O integration strategies applied to practical applications. It also develops an integration approach for the vehicle routing problem with resource and distance requirements and approves it with numerical results. The book will be useful for researchers, decision makers, and practitioners who try to implement upgraded systems that derive benefits of both GIS and optimization.


    Geographical Information Systems: Basic Concepts
    Geographical databases
    Geographical information systems
    Research areas

    Optimization: Basic Concepts
    Design of an optimization problem
    Features of an optimization problem
    Potential problems in optimization
    Solution approaches

    Integration Strategies of GIS and Optimization Systems
    The importance of GIS-O integration strategies
    The full GIS-O integration strategy
    The loose GIS-O integration strategy
    The tight GIS-O integration strategy
    Comparison between integration strategies
    Potential applications of GIS-based optimization tools

    A GIS-O Framework for the Vector Loading Distance Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem
    General context
    VRP variants
    The VL-DCVRP
    A loose GIS-O integration for the VL-DCVRP



    Faiz, Sami; Krichen, Saoussen

    "Another CRC Press instant book, another slim volume, but this one meets a largely unfulfilled need; for it links the optimization techniques of operations research (OR) with the spatial data management and analysis techniques of GIS. … The book is laid out in a clear and straightforward manner and consequently is remarkably easy to follow."
    ––Gerald McGrath, GEOMATICA Vol. 67, No. 1, 2013