GIS to Minimize the Impacts of Hazardous Waste Shipments
Track: Transportation and Logistics
Author(s): Michael D Anderson, Robert Pitt, Samina Panwhar
This paper presents the use of GIS in the Birmingham, Alabama, metropolitan area to reduce the potential impact of hazardous waste transport shipment incidents. The assessment focuses on determining the optimal route for shipments that minimizes both the travel distance of the shipment and the population exposure along the route. The project developed a case study that compared school locations, number and mobility of students in the school, and the distance between school and hazardous waste route. The results demonstrate that GIS can develop a route that minimizes the impact of hazardous waste incidenst occurring along the roadway network.
Michael D Anderson
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Huntsville, AL 35899