The objective of the Applied Logistics project is to develop analytical tools and Business IT systems to enhance work place productivity, improve supply chain performance, ameliorate transportation provisions and augment operational efficiency of logistics systems.
In this era of globalisation, demand for unprecedented volumes of business and consumer products and services is creating vast transnational supply chains and logistics networks. Meanwhile increasing urbanization is overstretching the capacities of our cities’ infrastructure, landside transport networks, air and sea routes. With increasing trade and growing populations come urban planning issues, transportation constraints, engineering challenges and spatial decisions.
Finding solutions to the upgrading ageing logistics infrastructure and ascertaining the optimal location and development decisions for creating new urban centres and logistics hubs drives the research agenda for Applied Logistics program. In addition, the capacity of Emergency Services Agencies, such as Fire, Police, and Ambulance, to respond effectively is enhanced when these agencies have appropriate information about the likelihood and spatial distribution of emergency calls. Such information can be used to guide optimal resource allocation in anticipation of likely load, and to identify conditions of increased risk, so that preventive strategies can be implemented. The use of technologies such as real time database access and mobile phone provides unhitherto access to information required in the right place at the right time.
While working with many government departments and industry associations, the research project provides research infrastructure to develop applied business solutions to their logistics and supply chain problems. Using RMIT global presence and its international networks, the research activities of this project are being expanded to resolve various logistics problems internationally.
Emergency services management
The aim of the research is to use innovative advanced methods of geographic visualisation and spatially based temporal modeling of urban fires to demonstrate the utility of this approach, and to inform response strategies to be developed by Fire Services in the Queensland Department of Emergency Services.
The aim of the research is to investigate the flow and use of information and information quality in food and healthcare industry including the use of technologies in the supply chain to ensure that the right party is getting the right information in the right place at the right time.
Seaport and climate change
The aim of the research is to develop a better understanding of the vulnerability of critical seaport infrastructure (structural and functional), and to develop new knowledge and methodologies for enhancing port resilience to future climate change.
Workplace productivity in the logistics and transport sector
The overarching aim of the research is to substantially contribute to the skilling and workforce development knowledge base. In liaison with the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC), which develops national training packages for the sector, training providers and industry employers and employees, the study explored the relationship between skilling and workforce productivity. This research provided an evidence base for the development and focus of skills enhancement and training in the industry.
In 2012 the Applied Logistics project has completed a number of highimpact research projects including:
- Functional Resilience of port environs in a changing climate – assets and operations, Report Series: Enhancing the resilience of seaports to a changing climate. Report submitted to Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast.
- Bushfire, Heatwave and Flooding: Case Studies from Australia, a report submitted on the WEATHER Project to Fraunhofer-Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI).
- Employee Training and Workforce Productivity in the Transport and Logistics Industry; an assessment of the workplace productivity impact of the TLISC training packages. Report submitted to Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council.
- Research Project supported by the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) Grant in collaboration with Central Queensland University on The cumulative impact of growth on regional transport infrastructure: Central Queensland case study.
- A research project on the Implementation of Food Composition Database commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing. Report submitted July 2012.
- Trusted Information Source, funded by and in collaboration with GS1 Australia. Report published in 2012.