Waste Optimiser – Version 2.0
Eurobios has chosen to use ESRI technology for the mapping functionality in the new web version of its Waste Optimiser product. In providing Web functionality to version 2.0 of the software, we offer flexible geographic information functionality to distributed teams and users who are increasingly mobile.
To provide leading-edge user interaction, Version 2.0 is built on AJAX Web 2.0 technology. Screens benefit from the responsiveness and clarity of a desktop application, but with all the benefits of a web application. In addition, each user can maintain their preferred layout and operating environment from one session to another.
Waste Optimizer 2.0 allows for the possibility of calculating and optimising rounds in both interactive or delayed mode. A scheduler can run computations at a given time, providing the user with a full view of the progress of the optimisation of the rounds and their KPIs. The application also alerts the user via email when the calculation is finished. This new functionality also provides benefits to system administrators who want to balance the load on servers.
Note that the Waste architecture is compatible with standard systems administration supervisory tools.
A new feature of Version 2 is that the primary targeted database management systems are Oracle & Microsoft SQL Server. This is crucial to facilitating the integration of the application within a strictly controlled IT environment. By providing all data in this way, Eurobios also supports business intelligence analysis, a natural complement to the software suite dedicated to optimisation.
Waste Optimiser - Sheduling, Optimising and Managing waste collection rounds
Manually designing new waste collection rounds with criteria based on topography, waste production or service frequency is a tedious, time consuming process that is rarely undertaken without plenty of consideration.
Today's rapidly transforming landscape (urban area), changing volumes of recycling material, novelties in waste collection appliances and organisational shifts make the ability to quickly redesign rounds on demand an absolute necessity. However, designing a weekly schedule for collection that meets all of the objectives:
- are well distributed;
- exhibit well calibrated, area specific productivity ratios;
- make the best out of human and material resources;
- comply with existing regulations and road network constraints (one way streets, forbidden turns, etc.);
- can take user-specified scheduling constraints into account like collecting from special points within a given time window;
- are optimal in distance, duration and cost...
...remains a long and difficult operation. That is unless you have a convenient and powerful decision making tool at your disposal. That tool should be able within a few clicks/minutes to explore the "search space of all possible alternatives" and to provide you with the best solution(s) to satisfy your criteria taking your local knowledge into account.
The solution is Waste Optimiser 2.0 designed and implemented by Eurobios, a leading specialist in optimisation, simulation and prediction software.
Waste Optimiser 2.0 is waste collection specific, available as a web application, designed with knowledge acquired in the field, Waste Optimiser is the ideal decision making support solution for all your sizing, optimisation and management needs for waste collection.
Typical Waste Optimiser users
Optimisation tools are usually classified as decision making software.
Waste Optimiser goes beyond that, it is also an operational tool.
As such, it is mainly used by:
- Private waste collection companies, as an estimation tool when trying to evaluate material and organizational needs for their customers, whether bidding/tendering for new contracts or optimising existing waste collection rounds.
- Councils (WCA & WDA) in charge of organising waste collection locally.
- Research departments specialising in waste collection, processing and/or recycling, in charge of reorganisation projects for councils.
All these groups design new waste collection rounds both on a long term² strategic level and on an operational day to day level.
Will you need special skills to use the software? No, your field expertise together with good judgement and a clear idea of what you want to achieve will suffice.
Configuring the software's parameters is a one click procedure; it simply entails choosing the right settings within a portfolio of predefined parameter sets. These can help you achieve a variety of goals: finding the shortest possible distance for collection vehicles, minimising transport phases, cutting costs etc.
Waste Optimiser features revolve around 3 axes:
- Field data management,
- Route optimisation,
1) Field data management:
This part is devoted to the input, storage and management of all the elementary pieces of information pertaining to waste collection: collection districts, collected weight, access restrictions, vehicule/pullers teams, working hours, etc.
Data can be typed/clicked or imported. Their precision, correctness and completness are determining factors for the quality of the outcome.
2) Route optimisation:
This part is mostly automated. One only needs to define the area to be worked on plus which parameters to utilise amongst several well defined, goal oriented parameter sets. Once all computations are over, performance reports are shown to give the user an immediate, global insight into the results.
This part focuses on fine details and features of the proposed collection rounds: detailed itineraries, possible manual tweaking of fine grained aspects, superposition with satellite/raster data, driver friendly roadmaps, etc. Everything required to bring optimised routes from the computer to the truck cabin for a daily operational use is adressed.