**IsyE 6202 Warehousing Systems**

**Fall 2002**

**Spyros
Reveliotis**

**Room #: **ISyE 316

**Phone #: **894-6608

**e-mail: spyros@isye.gatech.edu**

**Homepage: www.isye.gatech.edu/~spyros**

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**Office Hours: **Tuesday
and Thursday 1:30-2:30pm
or by appointment

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This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts, issues and algorithms involved in the design and operation of contemporary warehouses and distribution centers. More specifically, the course seeks to offer a balanced development of the following issues:

·
A
systematic exposition of the organization and operation of modern warehouses
and distribution centers, and their role in the overall supply chain.

·
A
systematic presentation of the equipment involved, its basic attributes and
functionality, and the connection of these equipment aspects to the warehouse
efficiency considerations.

·
A
systematic decomposition of the overall warehouse design, operations planning
and control problem to a series of sub-problems, and the development of
analytical/quantitative methodologies for addressing these sub-problems.

·
Implementation
of (some of) these methodologies on some basic computational tools typically
used in practice (mainly through the homework and project assignments).

1.
The
role of warehousing in contemporary supply chain management and an overview of
the major warehouse functions.

2.
Overview
of the major warehousing equipment, its classification based on its functionality
and attributes, and the supported operational efficiencies

3.
Overview
of the major warehouse design, planning and operational problems

4.
Warehouse
profiling: characterizing and quantifying the warehouse operational context

5.
Warehouse
Space Management and Storage Policies

6.
The
Forward/Reserve Problem

7.
Zoning,
Load Balancing and Bucket Brigades

8.
Order
batching and pick sequencing

9.
Operational
modeling and performance analysis of automated storage and handling equipment

10.
Cross-docking
design and operations

11.
Possible
additional miscellaneous topics

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E-warehousing

·
Benchmarking

Students are expected to have knowledge of (deterministic) optimization theory and be familiar with some basic probability and statistics concepts and stochastic modeling. The homework and project assignments will require also familiarity with some rather standard computer tools including Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access software, and some mathematical optimization package.

**Homework and
Projects: ***Homework* will be assigned
occasionally in the form of theoretically and computationally-oriented
problems. Its main role is to help the student absorb the material and prepare
her/him for the course exams. Collaboration towards its solution is allowed,
but each student must turn in her/his work; photocopies will *not* be accepted. Homework must be turned
in on the specified due date.

*Projects* will essentially constitute
larger-scale homework problems, possessing a more extensive analysis and/or
design component, and potentially requiring the use of more elaborate
computational techniques and software. Their role is to let the student
appreciate and understand the complexity underlying the “real-life” application
of the theory presented in class.

**Exams: **There will be one midterm
and a (comprehensive) final exam. *Tentative*
exam dates are as follows:

·
Midterm:
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002

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Final:
Monday, Dec. 9, 2002

Exams will be closed-book, with 3 pages of notes
allowed per exam. Furthermore, it is expected that your *Academic Honor Code* will be respected. Make-up exams and
incompletes will be given only in case of emergencies, and only after
officially documented proof is provided.

**Grading:**

·
Homework:
30%

·
Midterm:
30%

·
Final:
40%

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Materials
posted on the Georgia Tech Library’s electronic reserves

·
Lectures
posted on the course Web-page: __http://www.isye.gatech.edu/~spyros/
courses/IE6202/Fallr-2002/course_materials.html__

·
J.
Bartholdi and S. Hackman, *Warehouse and
Distribution Science, Release 0.1.2, *unpublished manuscript, accessed at: __http://www.isye.gatech.edu/~spyros/.__

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Books
on reserve:

·
Tompkins
et. al., “Facilities Planning”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996.

·
Heragu,
S., “Facilities Design”, PWS Publishing Co., 1997.

·
Francis
et. al. “Facility Layout and Location: An Analytical Approach”, 2^{nd}
ed., Prentice Hall, 1992.

·
Askin
and Standridge, “Modeling and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems”, John Wiley
& Sons, 1993.