American Journal of Transportation and Logistics


Build-Operate-Transfer Model and Its Role in Developing Railways Transport Section in Sudan

Review Article of American Journal of Transportation and Logistics Build-Operate-Transfer Model and Its Role in Developing Railways Transport Section in Sudan Omar Ismail Omar Mohammad Sudan University of Science and Technology. This paper focuses on a solution to the finance restrictions that obstacle the development of railways section in Sudan. Sudan is a big country with an area estimated at more than 1,800,000 km2. It owns variety of natural and other resources. The transportation system in Sudan specially railways suffers a lot of restrictions that affect its contribution to the national economy. Sudan railways is one of the longest railways in Africa with about 5,000 km. Railways were the earliest mechanical means of transport to be introduced in Sudan. The construction of the first railway line started in the last decade of the Nineteen century. Railways have been playing a significant role in transportation for long time. However, railways in Sudan lack passengers’ trains recently. Moreover, the capacity of freight trains is enough to meet just 10% of needed capacity. Also, most of the rails are very old and exceeded their expire date; and as the result a lot of derailments had been occurred. Also, most of the rail on the western lines are not suited to all of the diesels. Moreover, most sleepers are creosoted wood which differ from that used in the neighboring countries that use steel or concrete. And to overcome all these issues, there is a huge need of finance. However, lacking of finance is one of the main restrictions that face the development of railways section in Sudan. And, in spite of that, the Build Operate-Transport (BOT) approach could be the best option to deal with the current situation that faces railways section in Sudan. Build-Operate-Transport Approach (BOT) is a well-known method of initiating, financing ...

Determining the Best Plan for Malls Parking Lot Based on Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process Model

Research Article of American Journal of Transportation and Logistics Determining the Best Plan for Malls Parking Lot Based on Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process Model Yixin Deng1*, Yulin Chen2 1College of International Communications, China Three Gorges University, Yichang, 443002, China. 2College of Science, China Three Gorges University, Yichang, 443002, China. With the rapid development of social economy, the number of family cars has entered a period of rapid growth and the consequent urban parking problem has become increasingly prominent, gradually becoming one of the problems facing cities in China. The regional planning of parking spaces can expand the number of parking spaces within a unit area. Therefore, considering safety, convenience, efficiency and other factors, how to maximize the number of parking spaces is the key to solve the parking problem. Based on the triangle division of Abdelfattah model and the analysis of PSU planning theory, the planning of mall parking lot is more realistic. This kind of planning maximizes the number of parking spaces on the basis of greatly increasing the flexibility of vehicle entry and exit, which is more conducive to our life. Keywords: Parking lot; Fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (AHP); Nonlinear programming; Abdelfattah model ...

Livestock Exports Growth in Sudan and Effect of Transport Section

Review Article of American Journal of Transportation and Logistics Livestock Exports Growth in Sudan and Effect of Transport Section Omar Ismail Omar Mohammad Sudan University of Science and Technology, College of Business Studies This paper presents guidelines to the needs and restrictions that affect the growth of Sudanese livestock exports resulting from the weakness of transportation section. Sudan has a huge livestock population. The livestock has a great contribution in the local economy. The production of livestock in Sudan is increasing effectively in the recent decades. Also, the contribution of livestock to exports has witnessed a gradual growing in the past few decades. The weakness of road and transport infrastructure, however, is affecting the growing of livestock export in Sudan. The livestock production is concentrated in rural areas that far away from the main roads and unconnected to them by paved roads. The road quality, in Sudan, is very poor. The infrastructure does not cover most Sudanese geographical area especially agricultural and livestock areas. Also, the cost of transportation is very high in comparison with international cost. Moreover, road maintenance is very weak and not cover all roads networks. And, there is a lack of finance for new road projects. This study finds out that the roads’ situation in Sudan is not helping the current growing progress of livestock exports and seriously declines that growing. Keywords: Livestock, Agricultural, Rural, Sudan, Exports, Transport, Roads, Economy ...

Evaluation of undergraduate Logistics & Transportation Management curriculum change from traditional lecturing to student-centered Problem-Based Learning (PBL) active learning environment

Research Article of American Journal of Transportation and Logistics Evaluation of undergraduate Logistics & Transportation Management curriculum change from traditional lecturing to student-centered Problem-Based Learning (PBL) active learning environment Leovani Marcial Guimarães and Renato da Silva Lima Institute of Industrial Engineering and Management (IEPG), Federal University of Itajuba (UNIFEI) - Brazil; Address: Av. B P S, 1303 - Pinheirinho, Itajubá - MG - Brazil. Problem This paper presents the outcomes of the Problem Based Learning (PBL) methodology implementation in the undergraduate Logistics & Transportation (L&T) Management course at the Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI), Brazil. The research explores a curriculum change evaluation by using Survey data from two stages, in two semesters of the L&T course, with different PBL scenarios and students. L&T course addressed several concepts of Logistics Management and the PBL approach enpowered students to self-learning, citical thinking, social and process skills. It was demonstrated that the majority of the students, over 91%, appreciated the benefits of PBL based curriculum in both semesters, with positive evaluation in all course dimensions. To support the conclusions of the study, special attention was given to the development of the questionnaires. The first stage, the pilot questionnaire, had a set of 21 scaled and structured questions, covering the course concepts and learning objectives. The second stage questionnaire was redesigned to a new set of 15 questions, modeled to three constructs by Factor Analysis, keeping up with the reliability and validity requirements. Keywords: Problem-Based Learning, Survey, curriculum change, Logistics & Transportation Management, Industrial Engineering ...

Professor Dr. Bruce Chien-Ta Ho
Chairman, Institute of Technology Management, Director, Center for Electronic Commerce & Knowledge Economics Research, Institute of Technology Management, National Chung Hsing University

Dr. Akshey Bhargava
Senior Professor, Civil Engineering, Global Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad

Dr. Malgorzata Pankowska
Professor, University of Economics, Department of Informatics, Faculty of Informatics and Communication

Dr. Yas Al-Sultani
Associate Professor, Innovation and Technology Management, Arabian Gulf University

Dr. Rajeev Rathi
Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Lovely Professional University

Dr. Er. Sitesh Kumar Singh
Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Career Point University

Dr. Rifat Reşatoğlu
Assistant Professor, Near East University

Dr Talha Harcar
Professor of Marketing and International Business, Department of Business Administration, Penn State University, Beaver Campus, Monaca, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Mark Goh
Professor, National University of Singapore

Dr. Saad Sarsam
Professor and Head, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Baghdad

Dr. P.K.Agarwal
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering,MANIT Bhopal

Dr. Md. Mamun Habib
Associate Professor, BRAC Business School (BBS), BRAC University, Bangladesh; Visiting Scientist, University of Texas – Arlington (UTA), USA

Dr. Eng.Ahmed Kadhim Hussein
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Babylon

Dr. Mohammad Israr 
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Sur University College, Sur, Sultanate of Oman

Dr. Harish Nagar
Associate Professor, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Sangam University

Dr. Sirwan Shahooei
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas Arlington

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1.Christopher Clott, Bruce C. Hartman, Andrew Pudelek. Built to Last? The Changing Role of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries: Disintermediation and Reintermediation.American Journal of Transportation and Logistics, 2018,1:5. DOI:10.28933/ajtl-2018-01-0201 
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