Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Lorca A., Çelik M., Ergun O. and Keskinocak P. (2017)

An Optimization-Based Decision-Support Tool for Post-Disaster Debris Operations

Revista : Production and Operations Management
Volumen : 26
Número : 6
Páginas : 1076-1091
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Debris generated by disasters can hinder relief efforts and result in devastating economic, environmental and health problems. In this paper, we present a decision-support tool employing analytical models to assist disaster and waste management officials with decisions regarding collection, transportation, reduction, recycling, and disposal of debris. The tool enables optimizing and balancing the financial and environmental costs, duration of the collection and disposal operations, landfill usage, and the amount of recycled materials. In addition to post-disaster operational decisions, the tool can also support the challenging task of developing strategic plans for disaster preparedness. We illustrate the applicability and effectiveness of the tool with a disaster scenario based on Hurricane Andrew.