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Urban Transportation and Logistics
Health, Safety, and Security Concerns

ISBN 9781482209099
Published December 13, 2013 by CRC Press
280 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Although society has become increasingly dependent on the timely operation of logistics systems, we still face many problems regarding efficiency, the environment, energy consumption, and safety in urban transport and logistics—under normal cases and in disasters. As such, understanding how to address these challenges has become essential for creating better urban planning and policy implementation.

Presenting the best practices of leading experts from around the world, Urban Transportation and Logistics: Health, Safety, and Security Concerns provides cutting-edge concepts and a vision for urban transport and logistics relating to human security. Its comprehensive coverage supplies the foundation for examining transport and logistics systems in urban areas from the viewpoint of safety and security considerations on human life. Topics covered include:

  • Hazardous material transport
  • Healthy transport
  • Road safety
  • Network design for freight transport and supply chain
  • Transport and logistics in Asian cities
  • Vehicle routing and scheduling with uncertainty
  • Urban transport and logistics in natural disasters
  • Future perspectives on urban freight transport

The book addresses Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Intelligent Transport System (ITS) applications within urban logistics. It considers supply chains, road safety in hazardous material transport, and logistics and transport design in mixed traffic areas. It also introduces the notion of the megalopolis and the need for improved planning relative to human usage, freight transportation, and city logistic planning.

This book provides numerous examples and case studies of real-world scenarios from around the world, making it useful for both practitioners and researchers involved in urban transport and logistics planning.

Table of Contents

Concepts and Visions for Urban Transport and Logistics Relating to Human Security. Transport and Logistics in Asian Cities. Healthy Transport; Hazardous Material Transportation. Mixed Traffic in Asian Cities. Road Safety. Network Design for Freight Transport and Supply Chain. Vehicle Routing and Scheduling with Uncertainty. Urban Transport and Logistics in Cases of Natural Disasters. Application of ICT and ITS. Future Perspectives on Urban Freight Transport.

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Dr Russell G. Thompson, BAppSc, MEngSc, PhD, is currently the director of the Master of Transportation Systems program at the Joint Southeast University and Monash University Graduate School in Suzhou, China. He holds a bachelors degree in mathematics, masters degree in traffic and transport engineering, and a PhD in traffic modeling. Russell was a founding director and has been vice president of the Institute of City Logistics, based in Kyoto, since 1999. He is a core research partner in the Center of Sustainable Urban Freight Systems, a Volvo Center of Excellence. Russell has coauthored over 160 research publications, including over 70 refereed publications. He has also coauthored three research books as well as seven international conference books.

Russell has been a member of Kyoto University’s Global Center of Excellence in Human Security Engineering since 2008. He is currently a partner researcher in the Concert Japan Program on Resilience against Disasters and a lead researcher on the project Improving the Resilience of Road Freight Networks under Earthquakes. Since 2012, Russell has been a senior research fellow in humanitarian logistics at the Australian Defense Force Academy. He has been involved in a number of research projects associated with infrastructure recovery and humanitarian logistics after the Tohoku disasters in Japan in 2011.

Dr. T. F. Fwa is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is currently the Director of the Centre for Transportation Research, and Deputy Director, Centre for Maritime Studies, both of NUS. He received his BEng from the then University of Singapore, MEng from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and PhD from Purdue University, USA.

Professor Fwa's research covers various aspects of highway engineering, as well as planning, design, maintenance and management of transport infrastructure. He has published more than 250 technical papers, with more than 130 of them in leading international journals. He has received a number of awards for his academic and research contributions. Among the awards he received are the 1985 Eldon J. Yoder Memorial Award by Purdue University, USA; the 1992 Katahira Award by the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia; the 1992 Arthur M. Wellington Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers; the 1995 Katahira Award by the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia; the 2000 Engineering Achievement Award by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore; the Enterprise Challenge (TEC) Award 2002, Singapore; the 2005 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers, USA; the 2009 MAIREPAV-6 Best Paper Award by the Sixth International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements; the 2009 Alfred Noble Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers, USA; and the 2009 MAIREPAV-7 Best Paper Award by the Seventh International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements.

Dr Fwa has been invited to lecture and make technical presentations in 17 countries, including keynote lectures at international conferences. He is the Asia Region Editor for the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering since 1989. He is currently the President of the International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructure, Board Member of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, and Special Advisor to the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences.