CORS Annual Dinner Event-2011
Date & start time: Tuesday, 13 December 2011, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Cardero's Restaurant 1583 Coal Harbour Quay Vancouver, BC V6G 3E7
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To warp up 2011, we will be hosting a member’s dinner on Tuesday, December 13th at Cardero’s Restaurant in Vancouver.
We have made a reservation. Please register for the event via our website as soon as possible as the reserved seats are limited.
The meal will be free for CORS Vancouver members, but drinks must be paid for by yourselves.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Canadian Operational Research Society- Vancouver Chapter presents a seminar on two OR applications
Date & start time: Wednesday, 23 November 2011, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Room 293, Henry Angus Building, UBC (2053 Main Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z2)
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Talk 1: 6-6:45 pm
Speaker: Paul Christensen , Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Christensen is Senior Economist and Decision Analyst with VEMAX Management Inc. and Professional Affiliate with the Department of Civil and Geological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan. He has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant to both public and private sector clients including: Natural Resources Canada; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Potash producers (PCS, Mosaic and Agrium); Saskatchewan ministries of Environment, Highways and Infrastructure, and Municipal Affairs; Infrastructure Canada; Transport Canada; CN Rail; Federal Highway Administration (USA); and the World Bank. Paul has also participated – and continues to participate – in a number of research efforts at the University of Saskatchewan involving the Life Cycle design and renewal of infrastructure systems.
Title:Is More Always Better? The Value of Ever-Better Flood Forecasts in Land Use Planning
Abstract: The pursuit of ever-better data may prove costly and fruitless for the purpose of decision-making. In this presentation, Dr. Christensen summarizes a Value of Information (VOI) approach employed in a real-world consulting project to gauge the value of increasingly accurate digital elevation mapping data for flood forecasting under Extreme Rain Events (EREs – events that are predicted to increase in frequency and intensity for some regions due to global climate change). Two watershed regions in Canada are examined in this context: one of “moderate” topographical relief, and the other of “negligible” topographical relief. The land use decision options incorporated within the analysis include flood adaptation strategies at the “farm gate” level and, more broadly, the regional planning level. Digital elevation data employed for mapping and flood forecasting include: LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), Orthographic, and Shuttle. The results obtained point to the relevance of mapping resolution under landscapes of varying topographical resolution and, more generally, the value of increasing accuracy in this regard – a value that can be compared against the costs of collecting evermore data.
Talk 2: 7-7:45 pm
Speaker: Saba Vahid, Ph.D. Candidate
Career summary: Saba is currently a PhD Candidate in Department of Forest Resources Management at Faculty of Forestry in UBC. After completing her B.Sc. program in Industrial Engineering at Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran) she moved to Vancouver. She received her M.A.Sc. program in Faculty of Forestry at UBC. Her current research interests are supply chain modelling and simulation, and application of OR in modelling the environmental impacts of manufacturing industries.
Title: Supply Chain Modelling for Forest Products Industry:an Agent-Based Approach
Abstract: Agent-based simulation has been used frequently in recent years to model complex supply chains. It offers more modelling flexibility compared to traditional simulation and optimization frameworks. In this presentation, a simulation model is discussed in which the location of new facilities in a supply chain is decided by semi autonomous agents through a combination of simulation and optimization. The results are presented for a case study of British Columbia’s Coastal wood products manufacturing industry.
Complimentary refreshments will be provided.