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Transport Techniques and Management


This module aims to give participants an understanding of the basic techniques used in freight transportation. All major techniques in the areas of road transport, airfreight, rail-freight and water borne freight are discussed.

The course will examine the increasing use of intermodal transport and the growth in information technology usage.

The course discusses the theory behind route planning and distribution optimisation with a demonstration of software in this area. The course discusses the effects of the various transport modes on the environment and the latest research in sustainable distribution.


On completion successful participants will:

  • have an understanding of the volume of freight distributed by different modes of transport in various regions, globally
  • understand the transportation techniques which are required to produce optimal, cost effective routes and be able to apply these techniques in various situations
  • have a knowledge of the information technology systems available to assist companies decide on the optimum location(s) of their distribution centres and produce optimum vehicle delivery
  • understand the impact of the various transport modes on today’s environment
  • understand the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing distribution services and the companies involved in this market
  • be fully aware of the performance measures used within the transport sector
  • understand the costs associated with road freight transport
  • understand the role of a freight forwarder in global transportation
  • have visited a freight facility


  • Traffic volumes in various countries
  • Transportation techniques (railway, road, sea, air, intermodal)
  • Selection of transport techniques for different distribution problems
  • Route planning demonstrations
  • Impact of freight transport on the environment and its future challenges
  • Information technology in the transport sector
  • Advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing within the transport sector
  • Performance measures in freight transport


5 days