Transportation Model Applied to Landfill Design

by Robert B. Conrad, Assoc. Prof.; Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC,
E. Kenneth Hoffman, (M.ASCE), County Engr.; Mecklenburg County, NC,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 3, Pg. 549-556

Document Type: Journal Paper


Civil engineers faced with cost minimization problems must extend their design activities to include all aspects of the project. With landfill sites, the design extends beyond planning the site selection, accessibility, environmental acceptability, and land use. Soil will have to be distributed around the site so that cover earth and final planned topography is attainable. Quantitative models are available for application to engineering problems. The transportation model is such a decision-making tool and is easily adaptable to the problem of minimizing earth movement around a sanitary landfill site. By using the model to determine where and how the soil will be moved, the engineer is able to minimize operating costs associated with the project.

Subject Headings: Landfills | Construction costs | Site investigation | Sustainable development | Environmental issues | Land use | Topography | Decision support systems

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