Facility Planning for Large Equine Facilities in the Pacific Northwest Public Deposited

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  • Large equine facilities are comprised of many different departments (areas) that are necessary for the proper care and maintenance of horses. The placement of departments is often inefficient due to the slow growth of equine facilities. As a result, facility layout becomes a crucial aspect requiring explicit consideration because mandatory daily tasks (e.g. feeding and waste management) often involve large amounts of time wasted handling materials and livestock while the tasks themselves take little time to complete. The purpose of this study was to develop an analytical method which can be applied to large equine facilities within multiple cultures to produce efficient layouts that are simple and economic to implement. This research developed, implemented, and tested an optimization algorithm that can be applied to the equine facility layout problem to minimize the distance travelled by facility personnel performing daily operations to reduce the total distance travelled for mandatory tasks. The proposed algorithm was applied to two test cases based on equine facilities located in the Willamette Valley and on the Umatilla Indian Reservation improving their initial, annual layouts by 7% and 6%, respectively. Material flows and distances vary greatly between these cases, yet the proposed algorithm proved effective on both.
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