A new family of route formulations for split delivery vehicle routing problems

We propose a new family of formulations with route-based variables for the split delivery vehicle routing problem with and without time windows. Each formulation in this family is characterized by the maximum number of different quantities of demand that can be delivered to a customer during a vehicle visit. The larger that this number is, … Read more

Heuristic approaches for split delivery vehicle routing problems

We propose a matheuristic approach to solve split delivery variants of the vehicle routing problem (VRP). The proposed method is based on the use of several mathematical programming components within an Iterated Local Search metaheuristic framework. In addition to well-known VRP local search heuristics, we include new types of improvement and perturbation strategies that are … Read more

Metaheuristic, Models and Software for the Heterogeneous Fleet Pickup and Delivery Problem with Split Loads

This paper addresses a rich variant of the vehicle routing problem (VRP) that involves pickup and delivery activities, customer time windows, heterogeneous fleet, multiple products and the possibility of splitting a customer demand among several routes. This variant generalizes traditional VRP variants by incorporating features that are commonly found in practice. We present two mixed-integer … Read more

The vehicle allocation problem: alternative formulation and branch-and-price method

The Vehicle Allocation Problem (VAP) consists of repositioning empty vehicles across a set of terminals over a given planning horizon so as to maximize the profits generated from serving demand for transportation of goods between pair of terminals. This problem has been classically modeled using an extended space-time network which captures the staging of the … Read more

A top-down cutting approach for modeling the constrained two- and three-dimensional guillotine cutting problems

In this paper, we address the Constrained Two-dimensional Guillotine Cutting Problem (C2GCP) and the Constrained Three-dimensional Guillotine Cutting Problem (C3GCP). These problems consist of cutting a rectangular two-/three-dimensional object with orthogonal guillotine cuts to produce ordered rectangular two-/three-dimensional items seeking the most valuable subset of items cut. They often appear in manufacturing settings that cut … Read more

Two-stage and one-group two-dimensional guillotine cutting problems with defects: a CP-based algorithm and ILP formulations

We address two variants of the two-dimensional guillotine cutting problem that appear in different manufacturing settings that cut defective objects. Real-world applications include the production of flat glass in the glass industry and the cutting of wooden boards with knotholes in the furniture industry. These variants assume that there are several defects in the object, … Read more

Three-dimensional guillotine cutting problems with constrained patterns: MILP formulations and a bottom-up algorithm

In this paper, we address the Constrained Three-dimensional Guillotine Cutting Problem (C3GCP), which consists of cutting a larger cuboid block (object) to produce a limited number of smaller cuboid pieces (items) using orthogonal guillotine cuts only. This way, all cuts must be parallel to the object’s walls and generate two cuboid sub-blocks, and there is … Read more

A Column Generation Based Heuristic for the Split Delivery Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows

The vehicle routing problem with time windows (VRPTW) is one of the most studied variants of routing problems. We consider the Split Delivery VRPTW (SDVRPTW), an extension in which customers can be visited multiple times, if advantageous. While this additional flexibility can result in significant cost reductions, it also results in additional modeling and computational … Read more

A branch-and-price method for the vehicle allocation problem

The Vehicle Allocation Problem (VAP) consists of allocating a fleet of vehicles to attend to the expected demand for freight transportation between terminals along a finite multiperiod planning horizon. The objective is to maximize the profits generated for the completed services. The previous deterministic and stochastic approaches used heuristic procedures and approximations for solving large-scale … Read more

The heterogeneous multicrew scheduling and routing problem in road restoration

This paper introduces the heterogeneous multicrew scheduling and routing problem (MCSRP) in road restoration. The MCSRP consists of identifying the schedule and route of heterogeneous crews that must perform the restoration of damaged nodes used in the paths to connect a source node to demand nodes in a network affected by extreme events. The objective … Read more