Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2014

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Business Administration

First Advisor

Campbell, Ann

First Committee Member

Thomas, Barrett

Second Committee Member

Jones, Philip

Third Committee Member

Krokhmal, Pavlo

Fourth Committee Member

Burer, Samuel


Telemetry units can be used to gauge inventory levels at customers. These readings can help prevent both stockouts and unnecessary deliveries. The research problem we address is where to place a limited number of telemetry units in order to reduce routing costs. Modeling this problem involves the consideration of both inventory theory as well as vehicle routing concepts. We model this problem with an integer program but solve with heuristics. Our results demonstrate that significant savings can be found with limited numbers of telemetry units. We then extend our results to consider the impact of correlation of customer usage on the placement of telemetry units and show even greater savings can be obtained. We also present a model that can be used for locomotive fuel planning. It decides where fuel trucks should be located as well as the volume of the fuel that should be delivered to each locomotive.


Correlation, Inventory Routing, Telemetry


vii, 98 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 95-98).


Copyright 2014 Amit Kumar Verma