SCL IRC Seminar: Collaboration in Supply Chains that use Shared Infrastructure: the Case of a Coal Export Supply Chain

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The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute hosts a series of monthly seminars open to interested faculty, students and corporate partners as well as the general public. If you are interested in attending any of the sessions, please review the below information and register online. SESSION OVERVIEW The Hunter River region on Australia’s east coast is home to the world’s largest coal export operation. More tons of coal are exported each year from the port of Newcastle, at the mouth of the Hunter River, than from any other port in the world. Coal exported is mined by more than 10 competing producers operating upward of 40 mines, but uses shared infrastructure to reach the port, be blended into final products held in stockyards and loaded onto vessels at berth. The shared infrastructure, which consists of rail lines, trains, stockyards, stockpile stacking and reclaiming machinery, berths, vessel loading machinery, the river channel and tug boats, is owned and/or operated by several different organizations. All of these organizations must coordinate their activities so as to deliver coal in an effective and efficient way. In this talk, we will discuss how collaboration between the many stakeholders has been shaped and evolved, how collaboration has been essential to the delivery of productivity gains in this complex logistics system, and will touch on the critical role analytics and the tools of operations research have played.​ SESSION SPEAKER Natashia Boland, Fouts Family Professor, Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Register Online for upcoming SCL IRC seminars

Attendance to the sessions is complimentary for SCL corporate partners, SCL Industry Advisory Board members, SCL affiliated faculty and students, and students enrolled in the Masters in Supply Chain Engineering program. To take advantage of the included lunch, you must register by deadline noted on the registration page. If you have any questions, please email event@scl.gatech.edu.


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