Modelling Canadian Search and Rescue Operations

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Authors
  1. Nguyen, B.U.
  2. Ng, K.Y.K.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research Div, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Operational Research (Joint and Land)
Abstract
Issues of importance to Canadian search and rescue (SAR) operations are addressed in view of the forthcoming replacement of Canada's SAR helicopters. A goal programming model incorporating maximal coverage and p-median concepts in location theory is used to assess the level of service for the current SAR system. The operational performance of SAR aircraft is examined using simulations and classical queuing theory to establish best-, average-, and worst-case analyses of the expected steady-state time that an incident spends in the queue for both the current and the proposed future SAR system. The proposed system is shown to provide a significant improvement over the current one.
Keywords
Goal programming;Location analysis;Military logistics;Queuing;Simulated annealing;Queueing
Report Number
ORD-DOR(J&L)-RN-9912 — Research Note
Date of publication
01 Oct 1999
Number of Pages
33
DSTKIM No
CA000261
CANDIS No
512132
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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