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Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
Volume 28, Issue 3 — May 2002

A Discrete Event Simulation of a Municipal Street Tree Maintenance Operation    (View PDF)

James J. McCabe

Abstract: By using commercially available simulation software, a computer model for a typical municipal street tree maintenance operation is presented. Variables, such as the incoming work orders, crew assignments and productivity standards that represent the workflow of a service-on-demand street tree maintenance program, were included. Although additional simulated complexities are involved, the developed model provides a foundation from which managerial decision making and a typical tree care operation may be analyzed.

Keywords: Service-on-demand; municipal street tree maintenance; computer simulation.

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