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A practical model for the supply chain growth optimization for automotive fuels in Mexico

Rafael Garcia Jolly, Cecilia Marin del Campo

Join me in congratulating Rafael García Jolly. His work has been accepted for publication by The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering.

The project investigated the process of evaluating the growth of Mexico’s complex automotive fuels distribution network and shows that decision-making is the same when a practical small optimization model is used instead of a detailed model. Small model results give enough information for decision-making support. The use of new facilities and economic benefits are like those obtained with the massive complex model. The full article is available for download here.

Rafael Garcia is a chemical engineer with a master's degree in Operations Research. He is a professor in the Applied Mathematics & Computing and the Energy Engineering programs at the National Autónomous University of México (UNAM). Rafael used Haverly’s planning optimization system, GRTMPS, for the research that he is in the process of submitting as his doctoral dissertation, Optimization of the automotive fuel supply chain, to the Faculty of Engineering at UNAM. 

Most of us in the Haverly community know Rafael from his time with Pemex as the Manager of Integral Optimization Models. From his office in Mexico City, he was responsible for optimization of corporate operations of Pemex including six refineries, a petrochemical facility, nine gas processing centers, five marine terminals and the national distribution network for crudes, natural gas and finished products. In that role, Rafael led the Pemex Dream Team which converted and integrated six complex planning models to Haverly's GRTMPS Planninig System in four months. All of this was accomplished without outside consulting. A fantastic accomplishment. The project is described in the paper presented by Rafael Garcia Jolly and Monica Corvera, GRTMPS Migration and Modeling at Pemex, presented at Haverly's 2016 MUG Technical Conference in Alexandria, Virginia.

Do you have questions for Rafael? Contact him here.