Journal section "Regional economics"

Agent-Based Modeling in the Formation of an Effective Territorial Network of Forest Roads

Gulin K.A., Dianov S.V., Alfer'ev D.A., Dianov D.S.

Volume 16, Issue 1, 2023

Gulin K.A., Dianov S.V., Alfer’ev D.A., Dianov D.S. (2023). Agent-based modeling in the formation of an effective territorial network of forest roads. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 16(1), 68–84. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2023.1.85.4

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2023.1.85.4

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The paper considers conceptual and methodological aspects in creating computer simulation agent-based models which provide decision-making on the formation of an effective territorial network of forest roads. The key aim of the research is to interpret and test a service-oriented approach to building such models. The approach is based on the principle of interaction between the following objects distributed in space: service providers and consumers. We consider issues related to constructing and operating a network of forest roads used for forest harvesting processes. Complexity in solving these problems is due to a large number of interacting elements and estimated parameters that differ in their impact on the system depending on a particular territory. Thus, such problems are solved using simulation modeling methods, in particular, the agent-based approach, which is one of the most promising ones among them. At the same time, it is determined that they are constructed without using a formalized methodological framework, which does not allow us to interpret the results obtained here as a unified concept of formation of agent-based models in the subject area. To fill this niche, we propose our own concept based on the service-oriented approach. We present main fragments of formal description of the approach and describe some aspects of its applied interpretation using a prototype of game agent-based model in AnyLogic environment. We use general scientific methods: formalization, abstraction, generalization; methods of system analysis and agent-based modeling. As a result of the work we developed and tested our own concept of agent-based modeling of effective territorial transport infrastructure of the harvesting system. The novelty of the concept lies in the use of service-oriented approach. In addition, the concept can be used as a universal basis for building the models in question. This will require the development of methodological aspects of its application, a full-scale interpretation of the possible uses, as well as practical testing on real systems


agent-based modeling, harvesting system infrastructure, transport accessibility of forest resources, efficient road network, service-oriented approach

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