An introduction to pragmatic methods for solving complex problems in facilities location: choosing from among known feasible sites or a broad range described as an area, placing facilities, and assigning customers. It emphasizes careful location and customer allocation to determine optimum use of time and cost - improving flow of materials and services and reducing the need for duplication or construction redundancies.
". . .a happy medium between theory and practice… …can be for advanced undergraduate or early graduate students."
". . .enhance[s] understanding of the subject. The objective is achieved."
---The Cost Engineer
Introduction and qualitative methods: introduction and traditional approach; fuzzy logic and analytical hierarchy procedure. Basic quantitative models: single-facility minisum location; alternate objectives in single-facility location; multiple-facility location; basic location allocation model; network facility location. Tour development models: logistics in tour development. Additional quantitative models: dynamic facility locations; simultaneous facility location; transportation network problems; allocation-selection models in production environment.