Operations Management in Agriculture

Operations Management in Agriculture

1st Edition - November 20, 2018

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  • Authors: Dionysis Bochtis, Claus Aage Gron Sorensen, Dimitris Kateris
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128097861
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097168

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Operations Management in Agriculture bridges the knowledge gap on operations management for agricultural machinery. It complements traditional topics (cost of using and choosing machinery) with advanced engineering approaches recently applied in agricultural machinery management (area coverage planning and sequential scheduling). The book covers new technologies in bio-production systems (robotics, IoT) and environmental compliance by employing a systems engineering perspective with focuses on sub-systems, including advanced optimization, supply chain systems, sustainability, autonomous vehicles and IT-driven decision-making. It will be a valuable resource for students studying decision-making and those working to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of production through machinery choice.

Key Features

  • Covers agricultural machinery management related courses and a number of other courses within the agricultural engineering discipline
  • Provides core tools for machine operations management, including machinery selection and cost of usage
  • Presents current knowledge for agricultural machinery management in a science-based format


Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of Agricultural Science and Engineering Faculties that involve the discipline of "Agricultural Engineering" (in various Universities entitled also as "Biosystems Engineering" or "Agricultural and Biological Engineering"). Function and Management of Agricultural Machines in Plant Production, Off-Road Equipment Engineering, Precision Agriculture, Agricultural Systems Management, Advanced Agricultural Operations Management, Farm machinery, Agricultural machinery contractors, Agricultural Consultants, Agricultural associations

Table of Contents

  • 1. Agricultural Production Through Technological Evolution
    2. Introduction to Engineering Management Basics
    3. Effectiveness and Efficiency of Agricultural Machinery
    4. Cost of Using Agricultural Machinery
    5. Choosing a Machinery System
    6. Operations Management
    7. Agriproducts Supply Chain Operations
    8. Energy Inputs and Outputs in Agricultural Operations
    9. Advances and Future Trends in Agricultural Machinery and Management
    10. Appendices

Product details

  • No. of pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: November 20, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128097861
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097168

About the Authors

Dionysis Bochtis

Dionysis D Bochtis works on the area of Systems Engineering focused on bio-production and related provision systems including, both, conventional systems with enhanced ICT and automation technologies and fully robotized systems, having held various positions ncluding: Professor (Agri-Robotics) at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food technologies, University of Lincoln, UK, and Senior Scientist (Operations Management) at the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark. Currently, he is the Director of the Institute for Bio-economy and Agri-technology (IBO), Center of Research and Technology – Hellas (CERTH). He is the author of more than 300 articles (90 in peer reviewed journals) and has been invited for more than 30 key-note speeches around the globe.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Institute for Bio-economy and Agri-technology, Center of Research and Technology – Hellas (CERTH)

Claus Aage Gron Sorensen

Claus Grøn Sørensen is the Head of the Operations Management unit in the Dept. of Engineering, Aarhus University. He holds a Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management and has over 25 year experience in production and operations management, information modelling in terms of decision processes, type of information, system analysis, and simulation and modelling of technology use in agriculture. Research topics have included resource analyses and optimisations, integration of technical management evaluations for whole farm analyses and optimisations, the feasibility of introducing robotic systems in agriculture and the development of management information systems (e.g. FP7, FutureFarm).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Researcher, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Dimitris Kateris

Dimitris Kateris is currently an ​Adjunct Assistant Professor in Agriculture Engineering at the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus. He received his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2015, for his dissertation on "Intelligent system for fault diagnosis in agricultural tractor mechanical subsystems" He also holds M.Sc. degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2006 and two bachelor degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Water Resources from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2006) and Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly (1999), respectively. From 2012 to 2015 was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Agriculture Technology, Technological Instute of Epirus. From 2002 to 2011 was an Adjunct Lecturer in Agriculture Engineering at the Department of Biosystems Engineering, Technological Instute of Thessaly. He concentrates his scientific research in the areas of Agricultural Machinery, Nondestructive testing and evaluation, Fault diagnosis techniques in mechanical subsystems, Vibration Analysis, Acoustic Emission Analysis, Machine Condition Monitoring, Neural Networks (NN), Machinery and Power systems, Safety and Reliability in Agricultural Machinery, Automation and New Technologies in Agricultural Machinery, Status check using Neural Networks and Self-Organizing Maps, Support Vector Machines (SVM).

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Agriculture Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Greece

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