Ongoing projects

The integrated urban geography of retail and logistics in the on-demand economy. 01/10/2020 - 30/09/2023

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The rise in e-commerce led to the advent of the on-demand economy with ever faster, cheaper and more personalised deliveries. This new consumer mindset severely complicates traditional retail and logistics processes and is reshaping their physical landscapes (Dablanc, 2019; Hagberg et al., 2016). Resultantly, this evolution changed the requirements of service provisions in and around urban areas, challenging local authorities to manage the urban fabric. Recent literature in the fields of consumer behaviour, economic geography and urban logistics recognized these issues and studies the impact hereof (Birkin et al., 2017; Donaldy, 2013; Heitz et al., 2018). Yet, each of these studies remain within the cocoons of established research fields, applying a retail or logistics perspective. The proposed research tackles the mentioned issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, considering retail and logistics as an integrated system and assessing their common impact through a geographical lens. This is done in three steps. First, the evolution of the demand and supply for retail and logistics services is studied. Second, the evolved demand and supply are contrasted by calculating two indices. One indicating omni-channel retail accessibility and another measuring urban retail and logistics performances in the on-demand economy. Third, the work is completed by studying how urban policy makers can better manage the ongoing integration of both sectors in dense urban areas.

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Novel inland waterway transport concepts for moving freight effectively (NOVIMOVE). 01/06/2020 - 31/05/2024

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Inland Waterborne Transport (IWT) advantages as low-energy and low CO2 emitting transport mode are not fully exploited today due to gaps in the logistics system. Inland container vessels pay 6-8 calls at seaport terminals with long waiting times. More time is lost by sub-optimal navigation on rivers and waiting at bridges and locks. In addition, low load factors of containers and vessels impact the logistics systems with unnecessary high numbers of containers being transported and trips being made. NOVIMOVE strategy is to "condense" the logistics system by improving container load factors and by reducing waiting times in seaports, by improved river voyage planning and execution, and by facilitating smooth passages through bridges and locks. NOVIMOVE's innovations are: (1) cargo reconstruction to raise container load factors, (2) mobile terminals feeding inland barges, (3) smart river navigation by merging satellite (Galileo) and real time river water depths data, (4) smooth passage through bridges/locks by dynamic scheduling system for better corridor management along the TEN-T Rhine-Alpine (R-A) route, (5) concepts for innovative vessels that can adapt to low water condition while maintaining a full payload, and (6) close cooperation with logistic stakeholders, ports and water authorities along the R-A route: Antwerp, Rotterdam, Duisburg, Basel. NOVIMOVE technology developments will be demonstrated by virtual simulation, scaled model tests and full-scale demonstrations. NOVIMOVE innovations will impact the quantity of freight moved by IWT along the R-A corridor by 30% with respect to 2010 baseline data. The NOVIMOVE 21-members consortium combines logistics operators, ports, system-developers and research organisations from 4 EU member states and two associate countries. The work plan contains 4 technical Work Packages. The project duration is four years; the requested funding is 8,9 MIO.

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SmartWaterway. 01/12/2019 - 30/11/2021

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By making waterway transport more cost-efficient, Smart Waterway will enable a modal shift for last mile urban logistics from the road to the small waterways in many European cities, including a city as Ghent. For small barges that could enter these waterways, however, the cost of automating a vessel is high compared to the construction cost. Hence, a cost reduction in automating small vessels will be crucial in this shift. We believe this can only be reached by drastically reducing the equipment cost on the autonomous vessel. This does, however, require significant advances in sensing and localization technology. Although a lower accuracy is sufficient for autonomous waypoint-based navigation, low-cost onboard sensors will not suffice in more complex scenarios (i.e. locks, bottlenecks such as bridges, loading and unloading bays) where accurate localization is needed to safely maneuver the vessel. To overcome this issue, these critical locations will be equipped with additional sensors (e.g., IR, cameras) and a novel ultra-wideband localization system. By combining low-cost onboard sensors with infrastructure near critical locations, Smart Waterway aims to achieve economically viable level 3 autonomy in urban waterways.

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How to make SNCB future-proof? 15/11/2019 - 31/12/2021

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The main objective of this research is to develop strategies for SNCB to deal with uncertain future developments concerning the demand for passenger rail transport. These strategies will be developed based on multiple scenarios, which in turn are identified based on scientific literature, trends and forecasts. Best-practices from foreign rail operators are identified. The main focus of the scenarios is on disruptions of passenger behaviour, leading to a potential change in the demand for passenger rail transport. Amongst others, ageing and sanitary disruptions, such as for instance COVID-19, are included in the analysis. Ageing is treated in the broad sense, i.e. with respect to digitalisation and physical mobility. For each scenario a strategy is developed, well defined within the scope of the priority objectives of SNCB. The strategies also take into account SNCB's aim to shift part of peak demand to the off-peak period. Consequently, an optimal strategy to be followed by SNCB is formulated, i.e. a strategy that is as robust as possible with respect to the different above mentioned scenarios.

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The socio-economic added value of the port of Antwerp for the hinterland. 14/10/2019 - 13/02/2021

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In 2015 a report was published by the University of Antwerp: "Socio-economic impact of the port of Antwerp on the hinterland". This report was part of a Framework Agreement between the University of Antwerp and the Province of Antwerp. The Antwerp Port Authority, Province of Antwerp and Antwerp University endorse the economic and social importance of the port of Antwerp. For this purpose, the three parties want an up-to-date view of the socio-economic impact of the port of Antwerp and initiate a new research project. The project consists of two work packages. On the one hand, the research wants to shed new light on the employment created in the port perimeter and the consequences for the development of the "Havencentrum" and other future-oriented initiatives for the port region. On the other hand the research wants to increase current knowledge on the economic impact of the different companies in the port region and their collaboration with other companies in Belgium, thereby focusing on economic networks.

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Smart shared green mobility hubs (E-HUBS). 11/01/2019 - 10/01/2022

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Congestion, pollution and growing urban population in NWE forces us to replace private cars by alternative mobility options. By providing a critical mass of eHUBS (physical cluster of shared electric mobility modes of transport) and make available shared mobility to the end-user, we kickstart the mobility transition. Private car use in cities will decrease. While eHUBS are technically feasible, deployment is hindered because of slow user adaptation, lagging urban planning and legislative/policy hurdles. Critical mass and scalability is key and knowledge transfer is absolutely necessary to remove barriers for local authorities. Partner cities from 5 countries will realize and promote eHUBS and pave the way for others to do the same. There will be eHUBS on strategic locations, connected to other modes (e.g. public transport), but also small eHUBS in living areas. The eHUBS implementation approach will differ per city to create an overall best practice that can easily be applied in other cities and regions. This will result in an additional 1,477 kg tons CO 2 reduction p/y at the project end and 287,022 kg tons CO 2 p/y 10 years later (compared to baseline, incl. replication cities). By kick starting the mobility transition in 6 pilot cities we will set an example for all of NWE. Other cities can benefit from applying the blueprint and copying best practices. A large-scale uptake will cause a leverage by significantly reducing CO2 emissions in the cities and creating a growing market for commercial shared e-mobility providers.

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Brain-Transversal assessment of intermodal new strategies trainer (BRAIN-TRAINER). 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2020

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The five thematic BRAIN-TRAINER tracks compose a truly interdisciplinary approach, with interlinkages and mutual inputs, and with feedback scenario loops among them. This provides governments realistic approaches to future developments. The output is useful not only in a Belgian context, but has scientific merits which are also applicable in other contexts, both as to the methods and techniques developed, as to the types of scenario applications made. The lessons learned and methods developed can for instance be applied also to measure economic and environmental impact for other economic activity sectors, to optimize regulatory setups, and to create a suitable government interaction and co-ordination framework.

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Opticharge. 01/12/2018 - 30/11/2020

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In the Opticharge project existing technological solutions for the automation of loading and unloading operations will be analysed, as well as innovative solutions that are being developed by technology providers, research institutions and universities. In a next step, these technologies will be linked to the needs of the companies participating in the project. These needs are examined by the Flemish Institute for Logistics. The project also includes the development of a tool, presented in a matrix, in order to calculate the ROI of the different technological solutions.

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Novel iwt and maritime transport concepts (NOVIMAR). 01/06/2017 - 31/05/2021

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NOVIMAR aims to adjust inland/short-sea shipping such that it can make optimal use of the waterborne system of waterways, vessels and ports/terminals. To achieve this NOVIMAR introduces the waterborne version of 'platooning', the Vessel Train. This is in essence a number of unmanned Follower Ships with own sailing/manoeuvring capabilities being temporarily led by a manned Leader Ship. Vessels will be able to join and leave such trains at places adjacent to their points of origin and destination at seaside or inland. Envisaged main benefits and impacts are: reduction of crew costs result in up to 47% total cost reduction for IWT and up to 88% crew cost reduction for short sea transport, enhanced logistic flexibility, 10-15% less energy use/emissions, solutions for overcoming barriers betrween transport modes and high potential for reducing road congestion and associated costs.

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BNP Paribas Fortis Chair in transport, logistics and ports. 01/10/2010 - 30/09/2021

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The University of Antwerp (Department of Transport and Regional Economics) and BNP Paribas Fortis have teamed to set up a Chair in transport, logistics and ports. Through the Chair, the University and the bank want to be able to react quickly and efficiently to new developments in the sea and logistics world. That world is constantly changing, and that is also true for the port and logistics sector. Large, new powers like India and Brazil will influence the transport sector. This Chair will respond to such issues, as well as to new trends in the field of logistics. There are also issues to act on at the micro level. For instance, once e-commerce gains strong ground, it will have consequences for the transport sector, the type of commodity flows, and the route that they follow. In the frame of this Chair, conferences and seminars will be organized to tackle these issues.

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Past projects

Follow-up panel climate and energy 12/06/2019 - 30/09/2019

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• This panel is requested to monitor and evaluate in the first place to what extent the already decided climate measures as well as the measures taken up in the Flemish Energy and Climate Plan (VEKP) contribute to realising the climate goals that the Flemish Government subscribed. • Next, the goal is to investigate which concrete additional measures the next Flemish Government could take, on top of all that was already executed, decided and planned in the VEKP, to achieve even quicker progress in the frame of the fight against climate change. • The panel should also investigate what the budgetary impact is of those additional measures, as well as the social impact on citizens and companies. • The panel researches also the cost efficiency of the proposed measures, i.e. their cost (for government/citizens/companies) in relation to the greenhouse gas emission reduction that can realised with it.

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Responsive sustainable urban logistics - Best practices last mile and co-operation models in city distribution (R!Sult) 01/04/2019 - 31/03/2020

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This project involves bringing together knowledge on finished, running and planned projects on last mile and more collaborative co-operation models in city distribution, and the state of the art on what moves in this market, in a manner that provides value added to all stakeholders in the project. It involves innovative last mile solutions, but also trends and insights).

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Responsive sustainable urban logistics (R!SULT). 01/03/2019 - 30/09/2020

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This project proposal treats following research question: RQ: What are the potential sustainable and integrated co-operation models for urban logistics flows, given a certain city? The focus is on testing the sustainable and integrated business cases within the urban logistics context, including all possible types of flows (B2B, B2C, retour, etc.). This proposal attempts to achieve this objective by answering three sub-questions in three consecutive workpackages. In order to test the sustainability of the various business cases, first a data-driven calculation model is drafted. This calculation model should allow comparing the various options objectively. RQ1: What are the most important components of a calculation model for a sustainable urban logistics policy, both on the side of input and output. Recent data on goods flows, within as well as outside cities, is very scarce though. This impedes an objective overview on urban logistics, which makes identifying opportunities more difficult. RQ2: Which goods flows take place in the concerned cities? The findings from the first two workpackages are used next to quantify proposals for pilot projects. These pilot projects have to be executed in the concerned cities and help identifying the barriers between the calculations and the real applications. RQ3: What are the barriers in translating the results of the calculation model into an effective, integrated reorganisation of the urban logistics flows.

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What is the study and the potential for Flanders of the transport concept 'Hyperloop' 04/02/2019 - 03/06/2019

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A literature review is carried out to identify key aspects linked to the state-of-the-art advancements of Hyperloop. Approximately 52 publications are consulted (technical report, academic literature online expert's public opinion and information publicly available through presentation websites or brochures) and an in-depth review is provided.

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Scientific Chair Dennie Lockefeer. 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2019

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The Chair Dennie Lockefeer is the result of an unique crowdfunding by the industry in memory of Mr. Dennie Lockefeer. The Chair is working on the topic 'future vision for inland shipping. The chair can be used for research (e.g. to support the inland shipping sector, innovative inland shipping concepts, etc.), education (e.g., awarding a biennial award for best thesis / doctorate, etc.) and services (colloquium, organizing a series of lectures, etc.)

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New technologies to be used by the Belgian customs for the implementation of an enhanced supervision of the container supply chain. 06/11/2018 - 06/11/2020

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The European Commission has agreed to provide technical support to the Belgian Customs in the form of expert consultancy services in the project aimed at exploring the use of new and advanced technologies to enhance the Belgian Customs' capacity and effectiveness. In order to accomplish this mission and to face challenges and threats arising from the current situation, especially in the Port of Antwerp, the Belgian Customs intend to substantially enhance the supervision of the container supply chain by improving their current control operations and by introducing additional highly efficient (technology) measures and means, which will significantly improve the supervision ratio of this supply chain. At the same time, cost and time impact on international supply chains through the port have to be kept to a strict minimum, so as to safeguard the competitive position of the Port of Antwerp.

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Universal middleware framework for automatic data integration used in dynamic transport operations (UMFADIDTO). 01/03/2018 - 28/02/2019

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A market study of ICT solutions used in contemporary transport operations conducted within the PhD study of Valentin Carlan at the University of Antwerp shows a high heterogeneity of systems, data sources, applications and working practices. This mix leads to segregation of the logistics supply chain and hinders further optimization possibilities. In this context, there is no coordination or standardisation that ensures a straightforward approach to develop and implement cross-sector IT solutions. Additionally, based on interviews and shared experiences, gaps in current business processes are identified. Different integrative state-of-the-art solutions are currently in place, which are non-optimal, not flexible and expensive to maintain. These solutions force transport companies to lock themselves into their initial software solution, limiting any migration or integration opportunities with other third-party software. Within this, a universal middleware framework will be developed to achieve a more flexible and extended data integration of IT solutions among transport companies. The proposed framework consists of two core functions/layers, namely the data acquisition and presentation layer and the data processing and interactions layer. As a result, creating these chains of sub-systems allows designing analysis and interactions models which are able to autonomously trigger events. These chains are adaptable for each transportation company depending on their automation needs. For this , we will focus on developing two different systems in this layer, particularly an automatic safety warning information system (SWIS) and a planner's tool for fleet management (PTFM). The latter would incorporates two functionalities: a static planning tool (SPT) and a dynamic dispatching system (DDS).

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Research into the economic effects of the Ballast Water Treaty 12/12/2017 - 31/10/2018

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On 8 September 2017, the Ballast Water Treaty was officially ratified by IMO. The goal of this Treaty is to protect the marine environment. This research therefore focuses on the economic (and societal) cost-benefit analysis of possible exceptions to the Treaty, in particular the possibility to of introducing a so-called 'Same Risk Area'.

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Simulation of Logistics and Transport Processes (SIMULTRA). 01/10/2017 - 30/09/2019

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The project involves technical and professional training for the transport and logistics industry, which, notwithstanding its historical origins (as a military activity), has in recent years with globalisation acquired an importance in business, becoming a competitive tool developed through education and training. The aim of the project is the development of innovative tools and solutions that go hand in hand with the already existing programmes in order to achieve and enable work-based learning. The purpose of this project is to develop technology workshops and simulations that faithfully replicate the operations and procedures of the specific areas of transport (maritime, rail, road, intermodal) and logistics (warehouse and chain management) in order to shorten or eliminate the gap that separates training from the workplace, encouraging the hiring of young students by companies and reducing the "on-the-job" training times companies often have to resort to as they seek to bridge the void between theory and practice.

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Research in the field of 'Inland waterway transport innovation' 01/10/2017 - 30/09/2018

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Innovative initiatives are numerous in the inland navigation industry but they experience difficulties to spread quickly in the industry. The average age of the active Rhine fleet which has a relatively slow vessel replacement rate and the limited investment capability of the industry are often raised as main bottlenecks for innovation. Innovations are expected to be rational and to have positive business cases. This research examines the conditions for technological, organizational and cultural innovation in inland navigation to materialize effectively and successfully. The innovation process is researched by means of in-depth-case studies by applying methods such as Social Cost-Benefit Analysis (SCBA) and Systems of Innovation Analysis (SIA).

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Green shipping: Governance and innovation for a sustainable maritime supply chain. 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2020

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In order to further advance the understanding of the impact of instruments related to maritime shipping, in preparation of the further work of the trade & logistics and the port governance working groups, a research sub-topic is handled in the area of quantifying environmental policy cost impact analysis.

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Port Truck Guidance 19/06/2017 - 15/10/2017

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Due to constant increase of road congestion to and from the terminals located in the port of Antwerp, there is an urgent need for a central coordination system to coordinate the traffic flows. Within this project, the functionalities of a truck guidance system (TGS) and the steps to successfully implement it are proposed. Equally, the roles of public authorities and private operators are also indicated. The ultimate goal of a TGS is to retrieve real-time data, consider conditions imposed by supply chain stakeholders, achieve a global optimal solution and coordinate at operational and strategic levels the aforementioned traffic flows generated by logistics operations.

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Open network of hyper connected logistics clusters towards Physical Internet (CLUSTERS 2.0). 01/05/2017 - 31/07/2020

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Clusters 2.0 vision is to leverage the full potential of European Logistics Clusters for a sustainable, efficient and fully integrated transport system. Clusters 2.0 will use an open network of logistics clusters operating in the frame of TEN-T. It will support local, regional and European development, while keeping neutral the local impacts such as congestion, noise, land use and local pollution levels.

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New elements of competition in the container liner shipping industry. 01/04/2017 - 31/03/2018

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Container shipping is experiencing some major issues (mergers and acquisitions, formation of new alliances,...) The pessimism in the containership sector has been re-enforced by the Hanjin bankruptcy. What is the impact of these recent developments on the degree of competition, intensity of competition, ... The project proposal consist of data collection to calculate some indicators of competition for the container liner shipping industry. The challenge is to collect monthly data and data for the container division of the carrier. A job student can support this research. the project starts from my doctoral research and results in an extended database, a developed Excel tool and a joint paper.

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Study on the emission reduction of the three main shipping segments given the international regulation as well as other market and policy factors. 12/12/2016 - 20/04/2017

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted regulations to address the emission of air pollutants from ships and has adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from international shipping (EEDI). The main purpose of this study is to determine the fuel consumption and emission reductions of the three main shipping segments i.e. container, bulk and tanker shipping due to the implementation of the proposed energy efficient regulation (EEDI).

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Co-operation cost impacts at seaport container terminals. 01/10/2016 - 30/09/2020

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Container handlers in the port have engaged into different forms of expansion, many of which have a co-operative character. This project tries to verify the advantages of mergers and acquisitions in particular. It is indicated to what extent economies of scale do emerge, how these depend on the cargo handling conditions, and how mergers and acquisitions in particular can generate economies of scale in goods handling. In preceding doctoral research, a first step in this direction was taken. Estimating concretely the size of these scale effects requires additional research though. The present research proposal wants to allow deciding on the size of the scale effects in a concrete terminal context, and quantifying the impact on market functioning. Three concrete objectives are aimed at: 1. It is verified whether effectively in all researched terminal contexts, effects and more particularly economies of scale are verified. 2. An analysis is made of the specific variables that lead to differences in scale effects. 3. It is verified whether mergers and acquisitions, that lead to a different company culture, can lead to specific scale effects. These three objectives translate into respective hyypotheses. To make these research objectives materialize, a threefold methodology is applied. 1. In the first place, the needed cost data are to be collected and made comparable. 2. Second, the specific terminal contexts need to be further delineated for all characteristics that distinguish among them. 3. Finally, scale effects in each of the cases are calculated, and it needs to be analysed which distinguishing terminal characteristics generate the largest differences in economies of scale.

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Oil spill response information collection. 15/07/2016 - 15/10/2016

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Understanding the spill response readiness and the general regime in a country are important to documenting port practice effectively. With that knowledge, University of Antwerp will be able to conduct interviews for both Antwerp and Rotterdam with managers in the Port Authority, organisations responsible for clean up, local government offices as appropriate.

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Writing a report on structure and challenges for the Port of Antwerp and competitors. 22/03/2016 - 29/04/2016

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Writing a paper on the port of Antwerp and the Northern range maritime activity in the future scenario: traffic analysis, characteristics of the port, the maritime and logistics supply chain which is spread throughout Flanders and Belgium.

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Flemish-Dutch Delta Monitor 2016 01/02/2016 - 24/10/2016

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Prov. Noord-Brabant. UA provides Prov. Noord-Brabant research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Validation Strategic Freight Model Flanders 15/01/2016 - 15/03/2017

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In this project, a validation and assessment is made of the Strategic Freight Model Flanders, its assumptions, calculation process and outcomes. To that purpose, the model's assumptions are tested, and calculations are benchmarked.

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Port capacity: pricing and investment under uncertainty. The development of a game-theoretical real options model in the maritime chain. 01/01/2016 - 03/08/2019

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The market shares, profits and net benefits of ports competing for the same fore- and hinterland can be significantly influenced by the decision when and how much to invest in additional capacity. The ultimate goal of this research is to evaluate and optimize investment and pricing decisions in ports under uncertainty resulting from economic, financial, environmental and technological variations. Port infrastructure projects are characterized as large-scaled, complex, irreversible and encompassing long lead times. Especially because demand is highly uncertain and cyclic and because ports are involved in an intertwined maritime supply chain inducing extra uncertainty, mismatching capacity can result in periods of overcapacity at high cost or scarcity resulting in waiting times. This influences the welfare of intertwined maritime actors. Private and social net benefits of port infrastructure projects are traditionally valuated using net present value analysis. Real options were introduced in literature as an alternative valuation method, allowing specifically for irreversibility and uncertainty. Inclusion of such a specific model with multiple actors in the cost benefit analysis allows going one step further and create a new, well-elaborated methodology to calculate and maximize benefits created in ports. This independent and fundamental research is required to calculate compensational transfers between the involved actors.

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Scientific Research - Maritime and Air Transport 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018

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This project represents a formal collaboration agreement between the UA on the one hand and the Province of Antwerp on the other hand. The University of Antwerp (C-MAT - Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management) and the Province of Antwerp will yearly draft a work-schedule where they define the specific programme for the year to come.

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Analysis of the future labur market in the port of Antwerpen: threats, opportunities and scenarios. 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2016

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The impact of innovation on the future employment in Antwerpen port is the central topic in this research. Changes in kind of jobs and amount of jobs for the period 2017-2027 will be investigated. Thriving forces behind these changes are among others disruption, sharing economy, big data, internet of things, automation, and robotisation. The two most important sectors in de port of Antwerpen,namely logistics and the chemical sector, will be investigated. The first part consists of an extended literature study. In this part the transition in international division of labor will be confronted with innovation in harbors. Possible scenarios for the future labor market in the Antwerp port in the next decennium are developed. Next, statistical data will be analysed to provide a picture of the actual and future labor market. Possible scenarios for the future labor market in the port of Antwerpen are developed. An overview of the job profiles needed in these scenarios will be detected using interviews with different stakeholders. These are not only the maritime, logistical and chemical companies and the related unions, but also other players linked with theport, such as financial institutions, legal experts, IT and technological developers.. Finally, the future job profiles will be confronted with the actual competences and education in the Antwerp educational context. A SWOT-analysis reveals which actions are needed for the future labor market in the Antwerpen port to remain competitive.

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Actualisering visiematrix van de stadsmonitor 01/01/2016 - 26/05/2016

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Flemish urban policy stimulates cities in their development towards sustainable cities. In doing so, it focuses on the role of the city as a motor for society, a place where innovative solutions are found for social challenges. The goal is a sustainable future for all. The Flemish Government has developed various instruments to achieve these objectives. The City Monitor is one of these instruments. The City Monitor is an instrument for cities and other involved actors. The Monitor describes the developments in 13 Flemish cities. These are the metropolitan areas of Antwerp and Ghent and the district towns of Aalst, Bruges, Genk, Hasselt, Kortrijk, Leuven, Mechelen, Ostende, Roeselare, Sint-Niklaas and Turnhout. So far, there have been 5 editions: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2014. In the government agreement 2014-2019 the Flemish Government cited the City Monitor as an example for the collection of local policy information for the benchmarking of municipalities. In the policy paper 2014-2019, the Local Government and Cities announce a new edition of the City Monitor concurrent with the municipal elections of 2018. An update of the vision matrix of the City Monitor is part of the preparation for the new edition.

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Public transport policy: discourse, accessibility and alternatives. 01/10/2015 - 30/09/2016

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This project is on why transport policy is the way it is and does what is does, or in more dramatic terms: why does transport policy fail? A variety of opinions exist on the shortcomings of public transport policy. These viewpoints are part of discourses which contain particular views on the problems and solutions, and transport policy can only be understood properly as the result of strategies and their eventual implementation. Public transport was chosen as the central topic since it touches upon many key issues in mobility such as congestion, pollution, equity and fairness. Besides an analysis of the discourses of transport economists, sustainable mobility proponents and other relevant actors, the impact of policy on the daily life of people will be investigated. In particular changes in access to normal activities and opportunities (e.g. work, shopping, healthcare) will be the subject of the investigation. In a final stage, the transport alternatives put forward by a variety of actors will be discussed. Although the focus is on how we think about public transport, the aim is to better understand transport policy and its impacts in general.

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Delivery of a logistic study on cross-border parcel delivery. 01/10/2015 - 31/01/2016

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This study explores the cross-border parcel logistics operations and its associated costs, in the context of the EU28, and focusing on B2C logistics chains. In particular, the study: - Describes the logistics operations in cross-border parcel delivery of postal operators, integrators, and other parcel delivery operators; - Estimates and analyses cost factors and drivers in different phases of the logistics chain; - Examines the cost impacts of last-mile delivery options (lockers, retail points, delivery to premises); - Describes the reverse logistics operations and its costs.

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LowCarb RFC- European Rail Freight Corridors going Carbon Neutral. 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2018

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The LowCarb-RFC study aims at identifying options and pathways for deep cuts in carbon emissions from long-distance freight transport in Europe. It looks at two main freight corridors crossing Germany, and in particular the federal state of North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The study will look at impacts along the corridors and in particular in the logistics sector of NRW. The options considered are a massive shift to carbon-free rail services versus a full unfolding of new technologies on the road. The analyses will be supported by investigations options, drivers and barriers to institutional change, supported by an international rail freight stake-holder platform.

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Intellectual services relative to roundtable on competition issues in liner shipping. 04/06/2015 - 20/06/2015

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the client. UA provides the client research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Project research into nearshoring 05/05/2015 - 30/06/2016

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Many companies that produced for long in Asia, take back the latest years the production or do open production facilities in Eastern Europe. To that purpose, together with VIL and seven companies, the project 'Nearshoring' runs to map the logistics opportunities of this trend and to play maximally into the trend.

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Sustainable Transport and Logistics. 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2019

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This project represents a research contract awarded by the University of Antwerp. The supervisor provides the Antwerp University research mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions stipulated by the university.

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Forecasting estimated ship arrivals: data analytics in nautical dataset. 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2016

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In this project, various factors that influence a ship's ETA will be investigated, such as crew performance, time/date of arrival, weather conditions and ship's specifications. The use of state-of-the-art Big Data techniques allows the merging of multiple models into one model in order to optimize all influencing factors at once. Not every process will be equally important as the bottleneck of the whole process. In this project we will try to optimize the accuracy of the ship's ETA towards the port of Antwerp.

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Business Models for Enhancing Funding and Enabling Financing of Infrastructure in Transport (BENEFIT). 01/12/2014 - 30/09/2016

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BENEFIT takes an innovative approach by analysing funding schemes within an inter-related system. Funding schemes are successful (or not) depending on the Business Model that generates them. The performance of the Business Model is affected by the implementation context and the transport mode. It is matched successfully (or not) by a financing scheme. Relations between actors are described by a governance model (contracting arrangements). These are key elements in Transport Infrastructure Provision, Operation and Maintenance. Success is a measure of the appropriate matching of elements. Within BENEFIT funding and financing schemes are analysed in this respect. Describing these key elements through their characteristics and attributes and clustering each of them is the basis of, first, developing a generic framework.

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Port capacity: pricing and investment under uncertainty. 01/12/2014 - 31/12/2015

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The ultimate goal of this research is to optimize total social welfare through both pricing and investment decisions in ports under uncertainty resulting from economic, financial and technological variations. Port infrastructure projects are characterized as large-scaled, complex, irreversible and encompassing long lead times. Because demand is highly uncertain and cyclic, mismatching capacity can result in periods of overcapacity at high cost or scarcity resulting in waiting times. This influences total and individual welfare of intertwined maritime actors, both public and private. Welfare in port infrastructure is often optimized using cost benefit analysis. This is not very well suited to deal with high uncertainty. Real Options were introduced in the literature as an alternative financial valuation method. Extension of this framework and recent literature are the bases of this research to go one step further and create a new, well elaborated methodology to calculate and maximize total and individual welfare in ports. The impact on individual actors has to be calculated for two reasons. At first, in projects with many actors, agency problems prevent individual parties to pay for this research. Independent and fundamental research is thus required. Secondly, to prevent individual actors from blocking a project that is creating welfare in general but reducing private benefits, compensational transfers between the involved actors in the project can be calculated.

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Francqui Chair 2014-2015 Prof. Isabelle Thomas. 01/10/2014 - 30/09/2015

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Proposed by the University, the Francqui Foundation each year awards two Francqui Chairs at the UAntwerp. These are intended to enable the invitation of a professor from another Belgian University or from abroad for a series of ten lessons. The Francqui Foundation pays the fee for these ten lessons directly to the holder of a Francqui Chair.

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Scientific review "Mobiliteitsbeeld 2014". 11/09/2014 - 19/11/2014

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the client. UA provides the client research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Industrial clusters in Belgium: exploring buyer/supplier linkages in the food industry. 01/09/2014 - 30/06/2015

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This project represents a formal research agreement between the UA on the one hand and the NBB on the other. The researcher shall conduct the project entitled "Industrial clusters in Belgium: exploring buyer/supplier linkages in the food industry". The NBB will coordinate the project and will provide the buyer/supplier data. In return, the researcher will deliver a written report presenting the results of the research. The Bank shall then decide if the Report or any part of it meets its quality standards and may be published. If so, the Report shall be published as a Working Paper of the Bank The project fits within the context of Smart specialization, a key concept in the current regional policy. Rather than focusing on the dichotomy between convergence and competitiveness, smart specialization would enhance greater regional specialization and cooperation. The concept of smart specialization puts forward policy integration along both horizontal lines (between regional, industrial and research policies) and vertical lines (multilevel governance) (Lagendijk, 2011). The concept of smart specialization plays a leading role in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the new Cohesion Policy of the EU (Foray, 2011; McCann, 2011). Smart specialization and related strategies aim to foster the growth of industrial clusters in regions. Therefore, this research will investigate the spatial distribution of the Belgian food industry based on buyer/supplier linkages provided by the NBB. A first part of the research is rather exploratory and employs several indices of spatial concentration (e.g. Local Indicators of Spatial Association). To analyze clustering in general, we will make use of statistics on employment, added value and other indicators (Balanscentrale). In the second step advanced methods for clustering and network analysis will be applied to buyer/supplier linkages of firms in the food sector. To measure linkages between firms in clusters, we aim to make use of an extensive set of micro-economic data. Although studies like Lüthi et al. (2010) can draw meaningful conclusions on the basis of a survey, the sample is biased since it depends on the willingness of firms to participate. Furthermore, studies are often restricted to a small geographical area, i.e. one city. Micro-economic data provided by the NBB on the other hand allows a richer analysis of the extra-firm linkages to other firms in the cluster and to customers and suppliers in the outside world. Network indices can be computed which define the centrality, hierarchy, density, reciprocity, connectedness, modularity… of and in the predefined networks. As a result, the researcher will define several networks of firms which belong to distinct clusters.

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Flemish Research Project Urban Logistics and Mobility. 01/07/2014 - 30/06/2016

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This project represents a research agreement between the UA and on the onther hand IWT. UA provides IWT research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Development strategic vision on the economic policy of the Province of Antwerp. 18/02/2014 - 01/06/2014

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The goal of this project is to come to a strategic vision for the provincial economy and the identification of spearhead sectors for the economic policy of the province of Antwerp. The spearhead sectors will be based on the strengths of the region, also the growth potential of subsectors will be taken into account. Together with an economic analysis, various stakeholders in the public and private sector will be consulted on their views on the future.

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Flemish-Dutch Delta Monitor 2014. 01/02/2014 - 30/11/2014

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Prov. Noord-Brabant. UA provides Prov. Noord-Brabant research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Brain-Transversal Assessment of Intermodel New Strategies (BRAIN-TRAINS). 01/12/2013 - 28/02/2018

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BRAIN-TRAINS deals with rail freight intermodality, and the extent to which it can be made successful, under market, society and policy-making challenges, and analyzing how intermodality contributes to answering these challenges. Starting point is the relative weak usage of this type of transport. The research proposal aims at building on existing knowiedge, integrating, and approaching the problem from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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Port Economic analysis , particularly with respect to generalized cost modeling of the entire supply chain. 19/11/2013 - 31/05/2015

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This port project has three objectives. They consist of testing the current chain model (validation), testing the interface and elaborating an additional application (external costs). These objectives concern the further elaboration of container transport.

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Integrated maritime logistics chain decision making. 01/10/2013 - 30/09/2018

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The aim of the research line is to quantify the relationships among chain actors, which are subject to serious change, their decision‐making framework, and the mutual impacts this has. This allows getting insight into the types of variables that impact on the different actors' behaviour.

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The development of research that focuses on the LNG bunker market, particularly in the context of the port of Antwerp. 01/09/2013 - 31/10/2014

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand het Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen. UA provides het Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Economic barometer province of Antwerp. 01/07/2013 - 30/09/2017

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Province of Antwerp. UA provides the Province of Antwerp research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Innovative Logistics in waste management for a Sustainable Environment (ILSE). 01/05/2013 - 31/03/2016

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand VIL. UA provides VIL research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Flemish-Dutch Delta Monitor 2013. 01/05/2013 - 31/03/2014

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. UA provides Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Port Strategy Moerdijk 2030. 05/09/2012 - 31/05/2013

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The municipality of Moerdijk develops together with the Port Authority Moerdijk and the province of Noord-Brabant a widely accepted Port vision. The University of Antwerp supports with providing advice, joining meetings, and reading and commenting documents.

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Working on competitiveness. Recommendations for a rail strategy for the Port of Ghent. 01/07/2012 - 30/11/2012

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Havenbedrijf Gent. UA provides Havenbedrijf Gent research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Monitoring the economic-logistics-spatial development of the Delta region. 10/05/2012 - 21/12/2012

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Province of Noord-Brabant. UA provides the Province of Noord-Brabant research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Research Centre Regional Economics (ORE) (2012-2015). 01/01/2012 - 31/12/2015

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Research Centre Goods and Passenger Transport (2012-2015). 01/01/2012 - 31/12/2015

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Assessing the educational needs of engineers and researchers in aeronautics and air transport (EDUCAIR). 01/11/2011 - 30/07/2013

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The purpose of EDUCAIR is to improve the match between needs (demand) in human resources and the educational and training offer (offer) of skills across Europe and other regions in the World. EDUCAIR will identify the air transport and aeronautics needs in terms of staff training and education in the horizon of 2020, in order to recommend improvement in the current educational offers.

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Towards a spatial-economic and logistics vision on the Delta region in 2040. 10/10/2011 - 16/12/2011

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The aim of the project is to make a spatial-economic and logistics vision on the Delta region / Flemish-Dutch delta based on existing material and interviews with decision makers at strategic level within companies, with a vision on 2040.

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Retrofitting ships with new technologies for improved overall environmental footprint (RETROFIT). 01/10/2011 - 31/01/2015

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Retrofitting is defined as the installation onboard ships of state-of-art or innovative components or systems and could in principle be driven by the need to meet new regulatory standards or by the ship owner interest to upgrade to higher operational standards. Retrofitting should become an established practice in the shipping industry involving the entire value chain and exploring the possibilities that may open to the industry on a continuous basis.

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Valorisation of organic flows - development of 2nd generation technologies for bio-based economy in Flanders. 01/09/2011 - 31/10/2015

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This project represents a research agreement between the UA and on the onther hand IWT. UA provides IWT research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Split Model Methodology. 04/04/2011 - 30/09/2011

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The Ghent Port Company regularly gets questions on the level of mode split of the port area. The mode split is in this context defined as the balance between freight transport via road, rail, inland navigation and pipelines (hinterland transport). At current, the Ghent Port Company uses a self-developed method for calculating this key figure, with the aid of a survey. The aim of this study consists of researching how this method can further be refined.

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Transport research market uptake (MARKET-UP). 01/10/2010 - 30/09/2012

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The concept behind this project becomes clearer when one understands the needs of a good market uptake of a research result. The purpose of a market uptake is to make research generated and scientific and technological developments accessible to private organisations. These stakeholders are encouraged to develop the technology further into new products, processes, materials or services that will enhance the industrial competitevess.

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Development strategic vision on the economic policy of the Province of Antwerp. 18/06/2010 - 30/09/2013

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The goal of this project is to come to a strategic vision for the provincial economy and the identification of spearhead sectors for the economic policy of the province of Antwerp. The spearhead sectors will be based on the strengths of the region, also the growth potential of subsectors will be taken into account. Together with an economic analysis, various stakeholders in the public and private sector will be consulted on their views on the future.

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Investigation of traffic flows from, to and within the Antwerp port area. 18/06/2010 - 31/10/2011

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This project will lead to an overview of traffic flows from, to and within the port of Antwerp, taking into account: - commuter traffic; - freight transport; - the flows between the left bank and the right bank.

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INLANAV - Innovative Inland Navigation. 01/05/2010 - 30/11/2011

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Three private partners (University of Antwerp, Schipco BV and Research Small Barges BV) are participating in the INLANAV-platform with a view of developing new vessel designs and facilitating market take-up. The concepts range from push barges powered by electric engines to the realization of an automatically guided barge with a greater hold; using new technologies and materials like for example composites. The University of Antwerp is examining a two stage tug and barge concept. In the first stage, the tug and barge concept sails on large waterways with several barges pushed by a single tug from seaports to the small inland waterways. In the second stage, at the entrance of a small inland waterway, the convoy is uncoupled and the small barges continue autonomously. The main focus of the concept is to combine economies of scale on large rivers (i.e. tugs and barges together) while the individual barges are small and economically feasible to sail on small waterways. This way the convoy can compete with its main competitor: road transport.

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Participation in the special commission charged with investigating the safety of the railway network in Belgium following the tragic train accident in Buizingen. 06/04/2010 - 07/05/2010

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This project represents a service agreement between the UA and the Chamber of Deputies. UA provides to the Chamber of Deputies research for "The safety of the railway network in Belgium following the tragic train accident in Buizingen" under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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INNOSUTRA - Innovation processes in surface transport. 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2011

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The main idea behind this project is to advance innovation integration in transport and logistics chains by focusing on improved market understanding, knowledge management and network organisation. Taking into account the main observations from the state of the art, it is clear that innovation in surface transportation and in logistics chains, as a change producing mechanism, needs to be much further assessed and benchmarked.

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High efficient and reliable arrangements for crossmodal transport (HERMES). 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2011

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HERMES project will provide development and analysis of new mobility schemes and associated organisational patterns at the interface and interconnection between long distance transport networks and local/regional transport networks. Although these are conceptually simple operations, requiring only some real-time telecommunication, there are organizational and contractual difficulties in its realisation. The first part should concentrate on identification of the key requirements of the travellers, the corresponding services and necessary underlying company agreements to provide them, followed by a business plan for the operation. The second part of the project would have demonstrations in the selected corridors for a period of at least 6 months of field experience.

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Accessibility to places and transport: social, economic and environmental interactions (INTERACT). 15/12/2009 - 31/01/2012

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In INTERACT we propose to integrate the results from accessibility-related research projects in order to develop a new vision on the accessibility issue in a context of sustainable development. The teams indeed performed analyses and developed indicators related to social, economic and environmental issues; our aim is here to find out how these studies are related to accessibility and what the INTERACTions imply in terms of sustainability. This is why the project takes its starting point in a heuristic approach that focuses on different groups of experts in connection with the assessments of quality of life and sustainability resulting from different accessibility and mobility preconditions.

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Regional economic policy of the province of Antwerp. Strengths, weaknesses, future-oriented analysis for advanced sector policies. 04/12/2009 - 31/10/2010

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The aim of the project is to find spearhead sectors for the econmic policy of the Province Antwerp. Finding out which sectors might be growing in the future and to what extent these sectors exist already in Antwerp is examined based on existing sources. Also an inventory of the economic activities, which are active in innovation centers throughout the province of Antwerp, will have to be made. Later on, in view of this analysis and after examination of experts' opinions, policy recommendations are formulated and advice is given where to allocate scarce resources for the provincial economic policy.

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Preparation of a database and modeling of relevant trade flows. 19/11/2009 - 18/11/2013

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen. UA provides Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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What future for Flanders' seaports? Optimising port expansion and investment 01/10/2009 - 30/09/2010

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During the preparatory phase to the Strategic Basic Research (SBO), the project proposal to be written will focus on the following topics. In Flanders, there is a growing polarisation on the issue of freight transport infrastructure in general and port expansion and investment in particular. Policy support tools and models are therefore needed to devise and implement sustainable port management strategies. The purpose of this study may be summarised as follows: developing innovative policy support instruments to complement existing mainstream analysis approaches. Due attention shall be paid to the tuning of and interactions between these tools.

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Specifications and Proof-of-Concept for a Cross Supply Chain Toolkit. 01/08/2009 - 31/07/2010

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Defining the specifications and elaborating a proof-of concept for a toolkit to support the development, setting up and monitoring of horizontal collaboration partnerships between companies with the aim to bundle supply chains to improve efficiency (reducing costs), effectiveness (customer service) and sustainability (including carbon footprint) of their logistics processes.

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Assessing and Developing Initiatives of Companies to control and reduce Commuter Traffic. (ADICCT - second phase) 01/01/2009 - 31/07/2011

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As source of home-to-work travel, companies generate a lot of traffic. Many employers are aware of this and develop initiatives in order to reduce the use of private cars by their employees. The ADICCT project assesses these Mobility Management initiatives. Next to an analysis of the Belgian Home To Work Travel (HTWT) questionnaire, key persons of companies with an advanced mobility policy will be interviewed in a case-study approach.

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Tactical study E313 by taking future scenarios and goods transport. 05/09/2008 - 05/09/2009

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The project deals with tactical research into possible measures for an improved traffic on the E313 motorway. A number of scenarios of economic development and policy are calculated. In these scenarios, among others, worldwide transport and logistics developments are considered, just like developments in seaports, inland navigation and rail, and logistics policy at Flemish, Belgian and European level.

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Problems and opportunities regarding the optimization of the fine-mazed distribution. 13/09/2007 - 28/10/2008

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The assignment comprises the visualization of the bottlenecks and opportunities in relation to the optimisation of fine-mazed distribution. This happens with the aid of an extensive and representative literature reivew, as well as the evaluation of relevant exemplary projects in the homeland and abroad. The aim of this enumeration is getting grip on the problem and the possibilities in terms of fine-mazed distribution, in order to select a concrete action around this theme and complete the Flanders Logistics subproject 'spreading freigth traffic in time'.

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Motorways of the sea-European style. (MOSES) 01/06/2007 - 31/05/2010

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MOSES' main goal is to develop a blue print establishing the detailed criteria and conditions for developing an innovative European network of Motorways of the Sea (MoS) as part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Today short sea shipping and intermodal transport have a market share of European transport of 43% and 9% respectively. There is still ample spare capacity for these more environment-friendly transport modes and the issue is how to increase their market share significantly so that the objectives of the Commissions reviewed Transport White Paper can be reached.

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The consequences of the growing low-cost-airline sector for transport infrastructures and passenger flows in Europe. 27/04/2007 - 26/10/2007

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Research into the optimization of the opening hours of seaports terminals. 21/03/2007 - 31/07/2007

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Review of paper: "The extent of congestion and the outlook for congestion in Inland, Maritime and Air Transport". 01/02/2007 - 19/02/2007

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Assistance in evaluating the outlook for the development of congestion and contributing to the next regarding ports and maritime and inland shipping.

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Policy Study Centre Space and Living Issues (2007-2011). 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2011

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Starting from a policy orientated view based on applied academic research, the Policy Research Centre on Regional Planning and Housing attempts to get a clear insight in the driving forces which determine the spatial structure in Flanders. The Policy research centre will look for transformations and developments in space and housing which take place in Flanders. Furthermore it will to investigate why and how these transformations take place. Within the Policy Research centre the work package 'transformations in space due to economy' is analyzing the current forms and changing characteristics of the use of economic space. Determining changes in the location choice of economic activities can lead to a shift in spatial patterns and requirements. In order to develop a sustainable spatial planning it is important to bear in mind the different trends in economic location and try to quantify them.

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Policy Study Centre Mobility and Public Construction (2007-2011). 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2011

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Assessing and Developing Initiatives of Companies to control and reduce Commuter Traffic. (ADICCT) 01/01/2007 - 31/01/2009

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As source of home-to-work travel, companies generate a lot of traffic. Many employers are aware of this and develop initiatives in order to reduce the use of private cars by their employees. The ADICCT project assesses these Mobility Management initiatives. Next to an analysis of the Belgian Home To Work Travel (HTWT) questionnaire, key persons of companies with an advanced mobility policy will be interviewed in a case-study approach.

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TRANSPORTNET-EST 01/05/2006 - 30/04/2010

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Study on the relation between location policy and durable mobility. 01/05/2006 - 31/12/2006

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The general objective of this project is to examine which impact an on mobility coordinated location policy can have on the sustainable development of mobility and conversely, considering the complex interaction between land use and transport. The recognition that land use and transport are linked, leads to the need to coordinate location- and mobility policy. From the point of view of transport policy, spatial scheduling must prevent that the mobility question increases unnecessarily by unbalanced planning of distances between home - and work areas. The study starts with exploring the complexity of the problem, which results in a range of research questions. A part of the answers can already be found in the scientific literature. Further, empirical research is conducted by means of the data of the Census of 1991 and the Socio-Economic Inquiry of 2001 for commuter traffic in Flanders.

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TRANSPORTNET - European Transport Research and Education Network - Training Courses. 01/02/2006 - 31/01/2010

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TRANSPORTNET - European Transport Research and Education Network - Training Courses. TRANSPORTNET is a network of eight European leading universities involved in transport research and education. One of the major targets of this network is the training of young researchers specialised in different fields of transport and a thorough knowledge of the requirements for implementing successfully transport policies.

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Analysis of the contribution of transport policies to the productivity and competitiveness of the European economy and comparison with the United States (COMPETE). 01/02/2006 - 15/04/2006

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Generalisation of research on accounts and cost estimation (GRACE). 01/07/2005 - 31/12/2007

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EMR Transport Database for the EU Region Maas-Rijn. 18/04/2005 - 17/10/2006

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SP2SP Spatial planning to strategic projects ¿ economic strategic projects. 01/04/2005 - 31/12/2009

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This project aims to develop an integrated and innovative approach (innovative spatial concept development, innovative policy instruments, and process architecture and quality management) for strategic projects. Strategic projects are defined as spatial projects, coordinated by public actors in close co-operation with the private sector, and other semi¿public actors. Strategic projects are considered necessary to achieve normative policy objectives and goals (such as sustainable development) embedded in strategic planning processes on different policy levels. Strategic projects have an impact on a larger area, and aim to transform the spatial, the economic, the socio-cultural development of this larger area through a punctual intervention. Strategic projects aim to integrate different goals and objectives of different policy sectors, ambitions and goals from the private sector, inhabitants and users of the area. The approach we aim to develop is open and generic in its character, since it will be applicable on a variety of spatial projects in different kinds of strategic planning processes and in different contexts (urban, neorural context, economic development). The project tries to bridge the gap between theoretical models and methods on governance, spatial planning, regional economic development, sustainable strategies, urbanism and a generic applicable approach for strategic projects.

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Direct and indirect effects of port acitivity: a disaggregate analysis. 01/04/2005 - 31/12/2005

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Freight Transport Models in the Netherlands: development and application. 01/01/2005 - 01/03/2005

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The currently within the Netherlands available freight transport models cannot be used to respond to some of the policy problems. Moreover, these models do not comply with the expectation pattern of the model user. This research project has to formulate an advice concerning the future development and application of freight transport models.

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Providing support in managing and improving the model MOBILEC. 08/09/2004 - 01/07/2005

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The future role of Brussels Airport concerning freight. 04/08/2004 - 03/02/2005

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The goal of the project is to make a 10 year forecast of the cargo demand at Brussels airport and to determine the required investments taken into consideration the barriers-to-change and the barriers-to-expand. The supply side analysis is based on a benchmarking of geographical competitors and the best performing European airports. Demand and supply characteristics are taken into consideration for the determination of the freight strategy to follow at Brussels airport.

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The cost structure of transport organizers. Building an instrument for determining cost price indices. 01/06/2003 - 30/11/2003

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Optimal landuse in and around European port regions: The search for a sustainable development for both region and port. 01/01/2003 - 31/12/2004

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This research project looks into the simultaneously evolving spatial systems region and port in large European port areas. Possibly a spatial conflict will present itself because of the enormous need for space resulting from both systems. On the other hand, to co-existence of city and neighbouring port results in quite a few advantages. As to fully picture the complete relationship, we will approach the developments from different dimensions. Resulting from empirical resarch and international cooperation-alliances, it is our goal to put forward some policy guidelines that will handle thus universal trouble-spot.

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To write an introductory report under the topic "Transport and economic growth: which interdependencies?" 01/01/2003 - 29/10/2003

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The promotor has been accepted to write an introductory reprot, together with H. Meersman, for the 16th international symposium of the ECMT (European Conference of ministers of transport) (budapest, 29-30 october 2003) over "50 years of transport research: post experience and major challenges ahead".

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Monography on commuting in Belgium. 01/12/2002 - 31/12/2006

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In the year 2001, another socio-economic survey was carried out by the Belgian government. This has been the case every 10 years since 1846. Some of the questions are particularly related to home-work and home-school commuting, such as the distance travelled, the time of departure, the transportation mode, the activities on the way to work, etc. Next to these variables, individual and household characteristics are added. These are, for example, gender, age, educational level, composition of the household income and number of people living in the household. Also a few spatial variables, such as the Standard Metropolitan Labour Area, are added to the dataset. The analysis of these variables will result in a monograph of home-work and home-school commuting. Subjects such as the relation between the place of living and the location of work or school, the possible spatial mismatch between them, the commuting behaviour during the peak hours, the influence of socio-economic characteristics and spatial characteristics on commuting behaviour will be addressed. Also the evolution between 1991 and 2001 (and if necessary even further back in time) will be part of the monograph. At the end, a part will be dedicated to the comparison of the availability and quality of data from the socio-economic survey and these of other sources such as the mobility surveys.

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Scientific support of the working of the Flemish Forum for Air Transport 01/11/2002 - 30/06/2004

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On demand of the ministry of the Flemish Community scientific support is given in air transport economics.

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Atlas: the economic activities. Valorisation of the results of the socio-economic survey 2001. 01/07/2002 - 31/12/2006

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Integrated freight analysis within cities (infact) 01/07/2002 - 30/06/2004

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Economic activities in European cities: do suburbs need cities? 01/05/2002 - 31/12/2003

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The main goal of the project is to describe and explain the urban spatial structure of Antwerp and its evolution in terms of employment and firms' locations. Using local and global autocorrelation indices as well as 3D-mapping and new visualisation techniques within a GIS-framework, we will scientifically test the existence and localisation of employment subcentres within the urban agglomeration. The hypotheses are: - There are centrifugal forces ledaing firms and employment to leave the city centres for the periphery; this process is not homogeneous and leads to new suburban employment centres. - The intensity of these centrifugal forces varies with type and activity and changes over time. Both will be tested using census data by statistical wards and activity types. As a result we should get a better insight in the way economic activities concentrate in urban space and a better understanding of the relationship between the centre and the periphery.

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Evaluation of the qualitative differences between modes of transport of goods. 15/12/2001 - 30/06/2005

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The purpose of this research project is to look into the qualitative differences for the various modes of transport. Specifically, among the features treated, there's safety, reliability, flexibility, punctuality, information and risk for damage. During the project, our intention is to measure, and possibly make use of the resulting (cost) advantages. The type of goods and organisation of shipper and addressee (organisation of stock and distribution) are decisive for the final mode choice. The importance of these factors due to the international character of most transports and the growing number of intermediaries. Through a questionnaire, the necessary information will be gathered to scientifically study this trouble spot,

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Spatial analysis and Modelling Based on Activities (SAMBA) 01/11/2001 - 31/05/2005

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The main goal of this research project is to obtain an estimation of the demand for displacements, all purposes included, in Belgiuml, based on activity chains. These will be drawn from data collected during the first Belgian national survey on household mobility (MOBEL) coordinated by GRT and financed by OSTC in the framework of SPSD I. It will also be drawn from data at the regional and local level, from data collected in Flanders and more especially at Antwerp, Ghent and Hasselt. To reach this objective, we will have to add a spatial dimension to the activity chains analysis, up to now, only studied for their time components. The project is built in 3 stages: - First there will be a specialization of data collected during the used surveys. - A second stage will study the modelling of activity chains that can be designed from these data. The crucial step is the extension from a temporal to a spatio-temporal approach.

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Company logistics costs and transport policy: the role of inventories and delivery times in case of multimodal choice 01/01/2001 - 31/12/2004

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Inventory costs and delivery times are important determinants of the toal logistic performance of a company. Moreover, both inventory costs and delivery times are closely related to modal choice decision making. A current problem to forecasting the fluctuations in demand and delivery time. With respect to both factors, several theoretical assumptions can be made. Related to above-statedproblem are a number of subproblems which are also important: e.g. such issues as optimal delivery quantitiy and order date, both are strongly related to the characteristics of the delivery time; cost/time of inventory keeping; importance of safety stocks and safety delivery times; risks and shortage costs and costs of late deliveries; and influence of new developments in logisitic management (time-based competition, just-in-time delivery and zero inventories, role of new information technologies, web applications). Besides theoretically analyzing and modelling the importance of inventories and deliverytimes with respect to transport decisions, the present project aims to test the proposed findeings by means of empirical evidence taken at company level. The obtained results will be used to answer a number of policy relvant questions regarding transport and mobility by means of simulations (e.g. Which government measures will influence the logistic trade-off between road and inland waterways? Whichgovenment actions will convince logistic managers to opt for inland waterways or rail instead of raodtransport?)

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