Location Optimization—In Theory and Practice

This track provides a theoretical introduction to location theory—which aims to apply scientific principles to the process of selecting locations for businesses. The courses included in this series offer explanations of the theories and ideas behind location optimization, as well as hands-on, practical instruction on a variety of location optimization techniques.

Classical Location Theory

This course traces the key theories and conceptual models that have been developed to explain why economic activities tend to locate where they do.

169 Mins

Location Optimization

This course introduces the basic principles of location optimization models and provides a hands-on tutorial on point-based location optimization using QGIS and LINGO.

70 Mins

Suitability Analysis and Linear Optimization: Siting a New Transit Line

This course applies suitability analysis techniques and least-cost path analysis—which optimizes routes on linear features—to planning for and siting a new transit line.

92 Mins

Area-Based Location Optimization: Urban Green Space Selection

By the end of this course you will understand the basic principles of area-based location optimization and be able to solve the knapsack, threshold, and shape problems using LINGO software. The course also shows how to map the results of these skills in QGIS.

48 Mins

Solving Coverage and Location-Allocation Problems

Location-allocation problems involve locating supply sites and simultaneously allocating demand to those sites so the entire system is optimized. With this course, you will learn the basic principles of the coverage and location-allocation problems and be able to solve them using LINGO software and map the results in QGIS.

81 Mins

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