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This report presents the results of a study under the EC Transport Research programme on intermodal transport. The objective of the project was to work out a method for the overall treatment of the problems of intermodal transport, by focusing on the bases proposed by the systemic. In the preliminary stage, it was advisable to draw up a state of the art of research. This inventory, among other things, made it possible to detect inadequacies and to make recommendations for the orientation of later work. The starting point of SCIPIO (Study for a Comprehensive International Research Programme in Intermodal Operation), not to remain purely theoretical, involved a validation on the ground. This is what was carried out in two very different corridors (Le Havre-Valenton and Brenner), and which enabled elaborate methodology to show its relevance. Whereas transport, taken as a whole, can be analyzed as a system, the SCIPIO team modelled it in the form of a pyramid of which each of the three sides represents a field of studies: aspects, functionalities and temporality. Each side breaks into secondary fields and into layers (levels) of comprehension.

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Authors: CEC, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1997) 134pp.
Availability: Available from the Transport Research Helpdesk, European Commission, DG VII-E, Avenue de Beaulieu 31, B-1160 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-2954349
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9096-7
Record Number: 199711180 / Last updated on: 1997-09-23
Original language: en
Available languages: en