Optrak Distribution Software Ltd is one of the UK’s main producers of Vehicle Routing Software. Customers include 3663, MenziesDistribution and Paperlinx and are based in the UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, USA and Canada. Its products are used to plan transportation of products such as newspapers, lubricant oils, food and waste products.

Managing Director Tim Pigden, who will be personally involved in this project has given seminars on real-world vehicle routing problems at ORS 52, a LANCs Initiative special conference on Vehicle Routing, IN3-HAROSA 2010 in Barcelona and to researchers at Warwick and Nottingham as well as being involved in research collaboration projects with Nottingham and Portsmouth universities. Optrak currently provide support to a PhD student supervised by Prof. Hart who is investigating emissions in vehicle routing using multi-objective evolutionary algorithms. This related work will provide useful insights for the proposed project.


Prof Barry Gardiner, INRA & Forest Research

Barry Gardiner

Prof Barry Gardiner (INRA) is the Group Leader for Programme on Physical Properties of Stands, Trees and Timber which undertakes and co-ordinates basic and applied research on the influence of forest management and environment on the physical properties of forest stands, trees and timber and to disseminate this knowledge to the forest and wood processing industries. From 1/12/11, he is moving to a role of Senior Scientist at INRA in Bordeaux for a period of four years to study wind damage to forestry in a changing climate. Since 1997 Barry has been involved in the measurement and prediction of the quality oftimber in coniferous trees growing in Britain, in particular Sitka spruce and Scots pine. His particular interests are the development of models for predicting wood properties and linking these models to growth and sawn timber performance models. Prof Gardiner has an extensive publication record. Recent publications are focused towards multi-criteria risk analysis to evaluate impacts of forest management alternatives on forest health within Europe.