November 10, 2016, 12:00PM (ET)

A Guidance in Logistics Investments through Logistics Activity Center (LAC) Site Location Criteria Development

Freight mobility is a critical factor in fulfilling the growing high demand for goods, commodities, and services in the United States. Hence, efficient freight movement affects a geographic area’s (state, region, country) economy and overall quality of life. Its importance as a driving force for maintaining and creating jobs and fueling economic development has increasingly been recognized by local, state, and federal transportation programs within the United States.
In this effort, freight-related investments, primarily infrastructure investments, were deemed to be extremely important to freight mobility. Previous studies find that freight and logistics investments in Logistics Activity Centers (LACs) fuel economic development. LAC is a term that refers to larger warehouses, inland ports, Intermodal Logistics Centers (ILCs), etc. The reason for these multiple terminologies is partly because the logistics infrastructure has emerged in diverse geographical settings and serves a wide variety of functions, with multiple actors involved.

To help guide the appropriate investments for successful LAC development, this research focused on the determination of “optimized” location criteria for LAC development potential. The methodology involved extensive geospatial analysis using state-of-the-art GIS tools over a specific region, the greater Tampa Bay area in Florida. The criteria take into account variables such as distance from major freight generators (airport, seaport, intermodal yard, etc.), proximity to major roadways, utility availability, and land cost. Once these criteria to guide LAC investment location selection were finalized, a GIS database was generated for the study area to show LAC development potential of potential sites ranked from very high to low. Download Presentation

Presenter: Seckin Ozkul, Ph.D., P.E., Research Associate Faculty, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida

Dr. Seckin Ozkul, P.E. is a Research Associate Faculty at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. He completed his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Auburn University, AL and worked as a consultant engineer in Tampa, FL for over 3 years. During his tenure as a consultant engineer, Dr. Ozkul started and completed his Master of Civil Engineering at the University of South Florida. He then attended the College of Engineering at the University of Florida and completed his doctorate in Transportation Engineering. His research experience includes commercial vehicle operations, freight modeling, freight management, freight logistics, economic impacts of freight transportation, traffic engineering and operations and statistical analyses.

Dr. Ozkul is a founding member and the primary group contact of USF’s Freight Mobility, Trade and Logistics Research Group formed under the CUTR umbrella. He is the Committee Secretary of TRB’s Freight Transportation Economics and Regulation (AT010) Committee, and a member of TRB’s Highway Capacity and Quality of Service (AHB 40), and Management and Productivity (ABC20) Committees. He is a fellow of the International Road Federation (IRF) and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Dr. Ozkul is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of Florida and is the co‐faculty advisor of the USF ITE student chapter.


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