Central Queensland Coal Chain Optimisation

Study level


Master of Philosophy

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Belinda Spratt
Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


The Central Queensland Coal Chain (CQCC) is a complex system with many stakeholders and varying objectives. The lack of coordinated planning has led to inefficiencies throughout the entire system, most notably congestion in coal ports.

Research activities

We will use a Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) approach to allocate and schedule rail activity in the Newlands System.

Given the size and complexity of the problem, we will use metaheuristic techniques to produce good feasible solutions.


The aim of this project is to increase system throughput and reduce shipping queues at the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.

Skills and experience

A background in Operations Research is required.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



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