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Diagramming development for a base camp and staging area in a humanitarian logistics base airport

Sunkyung Choi (School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan) (Japan Transport Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan)
Shinya Hanaoka (School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan)

Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 2042-6747

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop a method for diagramming a base camp or space for emergency workers and a staging area to be used during sorting, storing, loading, and unloading of relief goods in a humanitarian logistics base airport.

Design/methodology/approach

A method is developed based on a synthesis of the relevant literature and current practices of airports. This provides a means for estimating the area required for each facility and visualizes the layout of the base through an adjacency diagram and a bubble diagram. The method is applied to the Shizuoka Airport in Japan as a case study.

Findings

The proposed method can be used to determine the approximate size and layout of a humanitarian logistics base in an airport based on the affected population and the number of emergency workers.

Research limitations/implications

Airport operation regulations and mathematical models from architectural planning need to be reflected further.

Practical implications

The method provides potential operational improvements for policies and standards for airport operations and enables government officials and humanitarian logistics organizations to identify concerns in facilitating and managing constraints in existing airports.

Originality/value

This study addresses the detailed phases in a diagramming for a humanitarian logistics base airport by integrating an architectural approach and airport disaster management. The results highlight the importance of managing the flexible use of space to improve effective humanitarian logistics.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research B (25282120) awarded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Citation

Choi, S. and Hanaoka, S. (2017), "Diagramming development for a base camp and staging area in a humanitarian logistics base airport", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 152-171. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHLSCM-12-2016-0044

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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