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Computer-based interface for an LP regional integrated solid waste management optimization model

Computer-based interface for an LP regional integrated solid waste management optimization model
Computer-based interface for an LP regional integrated solid waste management optimization model
Planning a regional waste management strategy is a critical step that, if not properly addressed, will lead to an inefficient integrated solid waste management (ISWM) system. Regional planning affects the design, implementation, and efficiency of the overall ISWM scheme. Consequently, decision-makers must look for optimized regional waste management planning to achieve a successful strategy. The optimization of an ISWM strategy for an area requires the knowledge of available solid waste management alternatives and technologies, economic and environmental costs associated with these alternatives, and their applicability to the specific area. Decision-makers often have to rely on optimization models to examine the impacts of mass balance, capacity limitations, operation, and site availability as well as to analyze different alternative options in the selection of a cost effective, environmentally sound waste management alternative. In this context, the complexity associated with the formulation of optimization models may hinder its use, and consequently, user friendliness is a major concern. This paper presents an interface that was developed to address this concern, that is to formulate the matrices associated with an integrated waste management optimization model
optimization, linear programming, modeling, solid waste management
1364-8152
1151-1164
Abou Najm, M.
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El-Fadel, M.
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Abou Najm, M.
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El-Fadel, M.
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Abou Najm, M. and El-Fadel, M. (2003) Computer-based interface for an LP regional integrated solid waste management optimization model. Environmental Modelling & Software, 19 (12), 1151-1164. (doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2003.12.005).

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Planning a regional waste management strategy is a critical step that, if not properly addressed, will lead to an inefficient integrated solid waste management (ISWM) system. Regional planning affects the design, implementation, and efficiency of the overall ISWM scheme. Consequently, decision-makers must look for optimized regional waste management planning to achieve a successful strategy. The optimization of an ISWM strategy for an area requires the knowledge of available solid waste management alternatives and technologies, economic and environmental costs associated with these alternatives, and their applicability to the specific area. Decision-makers often have to rely on optimization models to examine the impacts of mass balance, capacity limitations, operation, and site availability as well as to analyze different alternative options in the selection of a cost effective, environmentally sound waste management alternative. In this context, the complexity associated with the formulation of optimization models may hinder its use, and consequently, user friendliness is a major concern. This paper presents an interface that was developed to address this concern, that is to formulate the matrices associated with an integrated waste management optimization model

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Published date: December 2003
Keywords: optimization, linear programming, modeling, solid waste management

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Local EPrints ID: 52918
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/52918
ISSN: 1364-8152
PURE UUID: 5c210f37-8a26-4ed5-be17-e54ee224a3a7

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Date deposited: 15 Jul 2008
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 20:41

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Author: M. Abou Najm
Author: M. El-Fadel

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