Research projects

Projects contribute to operations planning for retail; value chain management for supply, manufacturers and freight; policy analysis; and tech applications

Logistics services efficiency review: Northern Territory Government

The Northern Territory Government (NTG) engaged RMIT University to provide specialist logistics advisory services for the purpose of assisting the NTG to: map, review and analyse current distribution activities across the NTG including, but not limited to, utilisation of general mail, courier and freight services; identify potential areas of improvement and strategies for achieving those improvements; recommend suitable contractual or other arrangements that complement these strategies.

Enhancing the resilience of seaports to a changing climate, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Commonwealth Government

The project delivered state-of-the-art assessment methodologies and decision support toolkits which will inform infrastructural, functional, and institutional responses to climate change, with the intention of enhancing the resilience of Australia's seaports to future multiple stressors. Specific deliverables will include: knowledge and methodologies for the assessment of infrastructure vulnerability to climate-related hazards (core and wider environs), software tools (including visualisation capacity), a system of resilience metrics based on structural (e.g. new design I materials), functional and institutional attributes, and the identification and evaluation of adaptation measures with recommendations for design guidance and management strategies.

Employee training and workforce productivity in the transport and logistics industry: transport and logistics industry skills council

The research assessed the industry context within which skills were developed and utilised; examined the utilisation of TLISC’s training packages in this context, specifically in the delivery of Certificates III and IV qualifications to people working in the area of warehousing and storage; determined the industry’s (employers, employees and trainers) perception of the productivity benefits of such training; and developed a framework for assessing the productivity impact of VET training for industry skills.

Blood supply chain

This research developed a decision support system that can evaluate the impact of reducing the shelf life of red blood cells in Australia. The provided model was a detailed mathematical/simulation model that designed based on massive data from 105 hospitals in Australia. The model can identify the required changes before reducing the shelf life of red blood cells. The outcome of this research project prevents any disruptions in supplying blood units to hospitals and saves the lives of the patients needing safe and quick transfusions. The proposed model is also able to evaluate the impact of other important operational policies such as network trans-shipment.

Global Logistics Cities: An Indicator based Strategic Framework; APEC Study Centre

The key objective of this project is to develop an indicator-based assessment framework for evaluating the strategic positioning of global logistics cities in terms of their transportation and logistics infrastructure capacity and service responsiveness.  It developed a set of policy actions at a sub-national level in managing the varied and complex challenges in enhancing connectivity of cities in the Asia Pacific region to global trade hubs and commodity chains. 

Enhanced agency response strategies through modelling geo-temporal characteristics of emergency services calls; Australian Research Council

The capacity of Emergency Services Agencies, such as Fire, Police, and Ambulance, to respond effectively is enhanced when these agencies have appropriate information about the likelihood and spatial distribution of emergency calls. Such information can be used to guide optimal resource allocation in anticipation of likely load, and to identify conditions of increased risk, so that preventive strategies can be implemented. This project uses innovative advanced methods of geographic visualisation and spatially based temporal modelling of urban fires to demonstrate the utility of this approach, and to inform response strategies to be developed by Fire Services in the Queensland Department of Emergency Services.

Reconfiguring East Asian Logistics Networks under the OBOR Environment, Global Research Network Program, Government of Korea

The project aims to improve our understanding of the emerging East Asian logistics network configuration under the Belt and Road (B&R) environment. It will generate empirical evidence to shape policy direction and business strategies to expand trade, stimulate growth, and improve logistics capacity and supply chain efficiency whilst mitigating risks and threats to businesses in Korea under the B&R environment. This project will develop a think-tank on B&R research, centered on East Asia, to generate evidence based empirically tested policy-driven research outputs for governments, industry and academia to shape new trade policies and economic strategies in a bid to promote sustainable development and resources cooperation between countries.

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