Optimization of the logistic function by controlling risks using influence diagram: cases of risks related to road transport

  • Abdelaziz Lakehal Mohamed Chérif Messaadia University
  • Fouad Tachi Algerian Petroleum Institute


The growth in the number of logistics platforms served by road, rail, waterway, and sea is a logical consequence of the extensive and rapid development of merchandise trade in a globalized economy. Transport and logistics are part of the same activity chain that allows goods to be transported to their destination. Dependent on the requirements of their customers and suppliers and subject to strong competition, companies in this sector must manage challenges concerning deadlines, flexibility, and diversity of goods, while handling other risks associated with transport and logistics. The Bayesian approach, proposed in this paper, covers all the steps necessary to implement decision support solutions for risk management and control, starting from the identification of risks and the preparation of intervention to the conducting of various operations in crisis In this work, the prediction and the control of the road risks are conducted using the influence diagram method, whose final objective is the optimization of the logistics function. After identifying and analyzing the different risks, the Bayesian networks (BNs) are initially used to model these risks and to prevent the various challenging situations from taking place in the logistics chain. As a second step, we use the influence diagram as a tool for the decisionmaking procedure. Finally, a case study is presented to highlight the substantial contribution of this tool to controlling road risks while transporting goods.


logistics, transport, control of road risks, Bayesian networks, influence diagram, decision making,


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LAKEHAL, Abdelaziz; TACHI, Fouad. Optimization of the logistic function by controlling risks using influence diagram: cases of risks related to road transport. Computer Assisted Methods in Engineering and Science, [S.l.], v. 24, n. 4, p. 239–252, june 2018. ISSN 2299-3649. Available at: <https://cames.ippt.pan.pl/index.php/cames/article/view/195>. Date accessed: 26 jan. 2022. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.24423/cames.195.