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Summer 2015

Summer 2015

Fall 2015
IPRO 497-307
Intermodal Container Facility Innovations for the Chicago Area -- Focus on Container-Based Distribution Facilities

Fall 2015

497-307: Intermodal Container Facility Innovations for the Chicago Area -- Focus on Container-Based Distribution Facilities


Fall 2015

Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm


Mi-Jack Products and Q-Sales Products


Laurence Rohter (CAEE) (rohter@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Business Administration, Business Administration & Applied Science, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Technology & Management, Information Technology & Management, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science


Intermodal facilities are increasingly important elements of the globe's commerce. Chicago is a huge world port transferring containers from trains to trucks, and trucks to trains. Keeping this flow of commerce fluid in the midst of economic change and rapid technology advancement requires inspired forward thinking, planning and engineering. Intermodal freight —- the movement of containers and trailers by rail, truck, or water carriers —- has been the fastest-growing major segment of the U.S. freight rail industry, rising from 3.1 million trailers and containers in 1980 to 14.8million for 2012 according to the AAR (Association of American Railroads). Domestic usage continues to surge to record levels.

For fall 2013, the IPRO 307 team will focus on combining the possibilities of the "pup-sized" container (26 ft to 28 ft) with a container based distribution facility to enhance the urban situation. The shorter trailers would move more freely in the dense urban environment as well as be more efficient since they would not be waiting for the filling of the larger load before they are moved.

The above focus will give the team the opportunity to design and propose a site in the Chicago area for a Container based Distribution Facility that includes optimal utility for the urban environment. The team will mechanically design and optimize a container based on a road double that can be double-stacked and re-configured to allow maximum axle loads as allowed by the Bridge Laws. The team will also optimize internal container handling configurations for flexibility.