Operational Research

Operational research is one of the mathematical tools in the family of the decision support that is dedicated in finding the best method to manage the operations, or the use of resources. By using tools that are a hybrid between mathematics, programming, and industrial engineering, MELIORE can analyze and offer solutions that the manager would not be able to find in a significant short time.

Some typical problems have, due to their nature, a combination of possibilities so large that it is impossible for the manager to find an optimal solution. Simply think of a dispatcher in a transport company that has to distribute to a set of customers with a set of trucks, and after, to determine in what order the truck must visit customers. For this problem, you can also add company-specific difficulties, for example the hours of availability of the clients, the size of shipments, weight constraints... The more the problems are complex, the better MELIORE solutions will be performing.

For these problems and many others, MELIORE can offer solutions (routes and/or solutions) that are significantly less expensive than what a manager can find with current methods.

The types of problems for which operational research can provide solutions offering significant gains are too large to be enumerated. You have to think of the most important or most expensive resource in your corporation and we will find a way to use it more effectively.

Since the solutions proposed by MELIORE are mathematically rigorous, you have the assurance of a successful result, adapted to your reality, even before applying the changes. Our mathematical optimizations solutions are adapted to your reality.

 

What forms can our operational research services take?

We will adapt to your needs. We understand that our strong mathematical reality is not necessarily yours. Our services will sometimes come in the form of a report with recommendations, new rules of management, repetitive calculations supported by us, or in the form of tools allowing you to repeat for yourself the optimization calculations according to your needs.

Our operational research services can help you:

  • Increase the quality of your services
  • Improve your work environment
  • Make decisions based on a rigorously mathematical analysis
  • Generate creative solutions
  • Quickly explore multiple solutions

Measurable benefits

Agile companies must be able to make the best decisions. With tools of optimization and operations research in hand, managers will be able to:

  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce delivery times
  • Increase inventory turnover rate
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Increase sales

Examples of applications in different sectors of activity

  1. Public Sector
    • Optimization in the waste management sectorization of the territory to better distribute the workload to the carrier
    • Find the best location for a new facility to improve services to citizens and reduce costs
    • Optimize services to the citizens
    • Select the optimal investments projects portfolio
    • Assign inspectors to the correct case to improve response time and reduce unnecessary travel
    • Optimization of snow plow routes to reduce costs and improve services
    • Modification of transit roads to accommodate hybrid buses
  2. Environmental
    • Optimize waste collection routes
    • Optimizing operations of sorting and landfills to reduce costs and inventories
    • Optimization of the assignment of the type of equipment to the type of contract to improve productivity
  3. Manufacturer
    • Schedule production optimally (short, medium and long term) to reduce inefficiencies, delivery deadlines and provide better labor satisfaction
    • Planning projects to reduce delays and maximize the use of resources
    • Re-layout factory plants in order to reduce unnecessary travels
    • Manage optimally stocks and commodity stocks to ensure availability and reduce storage costs
    • Search the bottleneck in the production process
  4. Television/Cinema
    • Set planning to maximize the use of resources
    • Reduction of production time and delivery
  1. Transport & Logistics
    • Optimal and efficient distribution routes
    • Finding the best location of transshipment facilities
    • Managing automatically, optimally and in a predictive way for the level of stocks in all points of service
    • Assignment of right equipment to right contracts
    • GHG reduction by reducing the distances travelled
  2. Finance
    • Selection of optimal portfolios to increase yield during growth periods and minimize declines during recessions
    • Simulate market to test algorithms
  3. Human resources
    • Development of an optimal work schedule to match the needs and reduce costs
    • Assignment of the right people to the right contracts
  4. Call center and service
    • Reduction of response time by improving the routing
    • Improvement in the service rates by optimizing work schedules
    • Simulation of the impacts of the changes in the management rules