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UAVs for humanitarian aid : simulation study for Dhading and Nuwakot (Nepal 2015)

Kazaferi, A. (2022) UAVs for humanitarian aid : simulation study for Dhading and Nuwakot (Nepal 2015).

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Abstract:WingsForAid (WFA) is a dutch start-up whose mission is the creation and delivery of cargo drones for humanitarian aid relief good distribution. As Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) popularize, there is a general lack of insight on how they can be applied and to what extent they can add value to relief operations. For this reason, we deliver a simulation model, further updated from v. Steenbergen and Mes (2020), modified to the logistics after the Nepalese 2015 earthquake. Particularly we study UAV applications in different regions, as the Nepal earthquake relief mission is characterized by mountain roads and altitudes too high for helicopters. A simulation study that considers a multi-objective function of deprivation and operational costs is conducted. At the center of the study is the creation of a GRASP-based heuristic with cheapest insertion and simulated annealing, which can facilitate UAV and truck utilization, and optimize both operational and deprivation costs. We attempt to conclude the types of heterogenous fleets needed, their deployment, and their utilization based on different scopes, in order to aid WFA's strategic considerations.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management BSc (56994)
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