Students' Case Study Preparation Guidelines

This competition is designed to test students’ ability to apply theoretical classroom knowledge into real work transportation related projects. The case study should address the problem thoroughly and clearly defined with reasonable assumptions and measurable objectives. The proposed solution should be creative by employing innovative ideas in case analysis. The approach for determining the solution should be simple and straightforward. The proposed concepts and solution should be achievable and sustainable. 


  • Students can form a team of 3 – 5 students that may include graduate or undergraduate students or combination of both.
  • Students can focus on international capacity expansion such as the Panama Canal expansion on US ports or intermodal facilities. Its impact on the freight movement or infrastructure that might affect the economic competitiveness of the country can be showcased on the poster. Some of the exemplifiers of the case study that can be explored include, but are not limited to:
    • Impact of Panama Canal expansion on US ports
    • A logistics park for industrial attractions for freight growth
    • Seaports expansion
    • Improvements to hinterland access for a port on an inland waterway
    • New intermodal freight handling facility or its expansion
  • The Case should be effectively summarized as well as analyzed
  • Any relevant supporting materials such as narratives, detailed calculations, design drawings, endorsements can be included.

The team must prepare for 5-10 minutes presentation of their case study that can be delivered in person or via video conference. Teams can use PowerPoint slides or other visuals such as video clips, simulation, or other animation in their presentations. There may be some questions for teams from the judges.