Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2011


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Operations Research

Course Number

ETM 540/640


The Veterans Health Administration is the division of The US Department of Veterans Affairs that makes health care accessible to Veterans. An important responsibility of the VA is patient transportation to and from medical centers in order to make the healthcare available when required. This paper studies methods to improve efficiency of the VA’s existing transportation system in Northern California & Nevada. The objective is to optimize the routes by minimizing the total distance traveled and reduce any overlapping routes. Several approaches that are suitable for this problem are considered while developing the applicable models. They are derived from the study of optimizing/networking procedures from literature review and our course work. This paper details the approach taken to analyze the data received, format it in a functional manner, set scope/objective and come up with relevant models making use of optimizing techniques.


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