Integrated Transport Planning, Maintenance and Fleet Management
Course Summary:

A "Transport Planning, Maintenance, and Fleet Management" course is typically designed to provide students with an understanding of the principles, practices, and techniques used in the planning, management, and maintenance of transportation systems and fleets.

Transport and Logistics Management improves the efficiency of each department within a business by streamlining its operations and costs and therefore increasing its profitability. The programme in Strategic Logistics Management covers all aspects of strategic logistics management: From theories to strategies and operational guidelines, emphasising the impact of this discipline on customer service, transportation, warehousing, order processing, purchasing, importing and exporting

Course Objectives:

  • Transportation Planning: Understanding the principles of transportation planning, including demand forecasting, trip generation, and distribution, and mode choice modeling.

  • Maintenance Planning: Understanding the principles of maintenance planning, including preventative maintenance, condition-based maintenance, and reliability-centered maintenance.

  • Fleet Management: Understanding the principles of fleet management, including fleet sizing, fleet procurement, fleet utilization, and fleet disposals.

  • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair: Understanding the principles of vehicle maintenance and repair, including scheduled maintenance, troubleshooting and repair, and maintenance record keeping.

  • Fleet Safety and Compliance: Understanding the principles of fleet safety and compliance, including vehicle inspection, accident management, and compliance with federal and state regulations.

  • Transportation Management Systems: Understanding the principles of transportation management systems, including routing, scheduling, and dispatching.

  • Transportation Network Optimization: Understanding the principles of transportation network optimization, including fleet routing, fleet scheduling, and fleet dispatching

  • Fuel Management and Cost control: Understanding the principles of fuel management and cost control, including fuel consumption, fuel costs, and fuel economy.

  • Green Fleet Management: Understanding the principles of green fleet management, including alternative fuels, emission reduction, and sustainability.

  • IT Solutions in Transport Planning and Fleet management: Understanding the principles of IT solutions in transport planning and fleet management, including GPS tracking, telematics, and automated dispatching systems.

Course Outline

Integrated Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management

  • Introduction to supply chain and logistics management
  • Current supply chain strategies
  • Customer service and logistics
  • Channels of distribution
  • Planning framework for logistics
  • Logistics management and organisation

Inventory Management Supply Chains

  • Inventory flows and supply chains
  • Forms of inventory and their role
  • Inventory as buffer islands in a supply stream
  • Demand amplification and distortion
  • Setting and measuring the effectiveness of inventory
  • Planning and forecasting
  • Collaborative approaches to optimisation

Outsourcing Trends and Best Practice

  • Outsourcing operations and services
  • Value added services
  • Key drivers for outsourcing
  • The selection process
  • Outsourcing management
  • Managing the 3PL relationship
  • Detailed metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Freight Transport Industry - Introduction and Development

  • Economics, environment and policy
    • Effect of trade deregulation on industrial development
    • Global sourcing, industry relocation and its impact on transportation requirement
    • Globalisation and energy efficiency
    • The environment and CO2 emissions
    • The World Trade Organisation process and quota regimes
  • Legislation, authorities and the regulatory environment
  • Issues

Freight Transport Industry - Road, Rail, Air and Sea Transport

  • Transport characteristics
    • Road
    • Rail
    • Air
    • Sea
  • Pressures on the industry
    • Social
    • Security
    • Environmental
  • Forecasting transportation demand
  • Port and terminal capacity
  • Current and future trends

Warehouse and Distribution Centre Design

  • Outsourcing of warehouse operations
  • Warehouse location planning
  • Operations - order picking
  • Operations - packaging
  • Warehouse design and fittings
    • Storage systems –manual and automated
    • Combined storage and order fulfilment systems
    • Sortation systems
    • Warehouse layouts and material flow
    • Control systems
  • The green influence
    • Building and utilities
    • Storage
    • Material handling
    • Monitoring overall energy and carbon usage
    • Distribution transport
    • Waste management
  • e-fulfillment (B2C)

Key Issues for Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management

  • Developments impacting on the supply chain
  • Logistics processes
  • Logistics network planning
  • Inventory and the integrated supply chain
    • Problems with traditional approaches to inventory planning
    • New inventory requirements
    • The lead-time gap
    • Inventory and time
    • Inventory planning for manufacturing
    • Inventory planning for retailing
    • Best practice
    • Reverse logistics

Information Communications Technology and Supply Chains

  • Supply chain and IT strategy
  • The role of supply chain systems in business change
  • Transaction systems
  • Planning systems
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • ASP, outsourcing and security
  • Transport management systems
  • Supply co-ordination and warehousing systems
  • Implementation
  • IT and process mapping tool

Performance Measurement and Improvement - Optimisation Strategies

  • Background to logistics and supply chain management
  • Modelling techniques in logistics and supply chain management
  • Review of logistics and supply chain performance indicators
  • Analytical performance and benchmarking techniques
  • Current issues in supply chain performance and optimisation