The Movement Estimator Tool – An Options Analysis and Decision Support Tool for Movement Planners


  1. Moorhead, P.
  2. Campbell, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
This paper describes a strategic level movement options analysis simulation tool that has been developed for the Operational Support Logistics Movement section of the Canadian Operational Support Command. The aim of the Movement Estimator Tool (MET) is to enable movement staff to quickly compare various movement plan options and determine the “best” plan. Given a list of items to be moved, specifications for the strategic lift assets that could be utilized and possible lines of communication, the MET uses simulation to estimate the time and cost of the move for multiple possible movement plans. Based on these results, graphical representations of the cost/time trade-off region can be created. By combining this information with additional concerns such as strategic lift asset availability, and time and budgetary constraints, movement staff can decide upon the best course of action. To illustrate the functionality of the MET, a hypothetical redeployment of Canadian Forces materiel from an overseas area of operation back to Canada is analysed.

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DRDC-CORA-TM-2012-254 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Oct 2012
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