Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Optimization

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Summary

This book deals with the basic concepts of GIS and optimization. It provides an overview of various integration protocols that are termed GIS-O integration strategies applied to practical applications. It also develops an integration approach for the vehicle routing problem with resource and distance requirements and approves it with numerical results. The book will be useful for researchers, decision makers, and practitioners who try to implement upgraded systems that derive benefits of both GIS and optimization.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Geographical Information Systems: Basic Concepts
Introduction
Geographical databases
Geographical information systems
Research areas
Conclusion

Optimization: Basic Concepts
Introduction
Design of an optimization problem
Features of an optimization problem
Potential problems in optimization
Solution approaches
Conclusion

Integration Strategies of GIS and Optimization Systems
Introduction
The importance of GIS-O integration strategies
The full GIS-O integration strategy
The loose GIS-O integration strategy
The tight GIS-O integration strategy
Comparison between integration strategies
Potential applications of GIS-based optimization tools
Conclusion

A GIS-O Framework for the Vector Loading Distance Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem
Introduction
General context
VRP variants
The VL-DCVRP
A loose GIS-O integration for the VL-DCVRP
Conclusion

References

Editorial Reviews

"Another CRC Press instant book, another slim volume, but this one meets a largely unfulfilled need; for it links the optimization techniques of operations research (OR) with the spatial data management and analysis techniques of GIS. … The book is laid out in a clear and straightforward manner and consequently is remarkably easy to follow."
––Gerald McGrath, GEOMATICA Vol. 67, No. 1, 2013