Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Petro-chemical industry

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_750


Almost from its inception, the petro-chemical industry has been dominated by very large, fully integrated, multi-national companies competing in world markets. This competitive environment has led to the application of OR/MS tools in literally all facets of the business: search and estimation techniques in exploration, production and processing optimization, and transportation and vehicle routing techniques in product delivery. In fact, it is difficult to identify an OR/MS tool or approach that has not been successfully applied in the petro-chemical industry.

During the 1960s and 1970s, most large companies in the industry maintained sizable OR/MS groups or departments with concentrations of expertise in linear programming, simulation and statistical analysis. These groups stretched the limits of the available problem-solving technologies and provided the impetus for many advancements in the OR/MS field during that era. Today, most of these central OR/MS groups have been...

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  1. 1.Chesapeake Decision Sciences, Inc.New ProvidenceUSA