Supply Chain Network Design Fundamentals

Course Description

Students are introduced to the methodology, tools, and best practices associated with supply chain network optimization. The course incorporates hands-on training with a leading commercial optimization software package. A holistic view is emphasized – balancing methodology, business goals, and the capabilities of software enablers. Structuring and exercising models to analyze tradeoffs between cost, service, capacity, and carbon emissions is central to the course.

Course ID: LOG 3142P
Course Format: Classroom

Available Classroom Sections

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Special Discounts

There are discounts available for this course. Please use one of the coupon codes below at checkout. Note: Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.

Alumni:  If you are a returning student of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) courses or you are an alumni of the GT EMIL or MSSCE programs, you can receive 10% off of any LOG course – Use coupon code SCL-Alum

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Certificate Participants: To receive a certificate course price of 17% off per course, you must enroll and pay for all courses required to earn a certificate – Use coupon code SCL-Cert

Who Should Attend

  • Operations managers of traffic, transportation, and/or warehousing
  • Supply chain engineers and analysts
  • Industrial engineers and systems analysts
  • Supply chain and logistics consultants
  • Transportation managers and engineers
  • Import/Export analysts, supervisors, managers
  • Compliance analysts, supervisors, managers

How You Will Benefit

Upon completion of this course, you will have an understanding of:

  • How to define a supply chain challenge in terms of an optimization model
  • The capabilities and limitations of commercial supply chain optimization software
  • Data required to support the building of a network model
  • Best practices in managing data collection, cleansing, and validation
  • Best practices in managing a network strategy project
  • Differentiating types of network optimization projects and how the types relate to model structure
  • Configuring and running and optimization model in a commercial software package
  • The components of network optimization methodology including: defining, configuring, validating, executing, and summarizing
  • Best practices in product group definition


  • Introduction to supply chain optimization: types, tools, relation to business goals, overview of methodology
  • Best practices in project management and data management
  • Hands-on lab: acclimation to software and defining nodes
  • Optimization model building methodology and best practices
  • Developing and defining cost components – facilities, transportation, inventory
  • Hands-on lab: building lanes, costs, capacities
  • Defining and managing scenarios
  • Scenario output and review
  • Incorporating external analysis
  • Hands-on lab: exercising the model and evaluating output

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Tim Brown