Title: Simulation and optimization for ship lock scheduling: a case study
Authors: Verstichel, Jannes ×
Vanden Berghe, Greet #
Issue Date: 13-Jul-2016
Host Document: Proceedings of IISA2016
Conference: MCDMT / IISA edition:2016 location:Greece date:13-15 July 2016
Article number: 147
Abstract: This paper introduces a simulation and optimization
tool for ship lock scheduling capable of simulating the effects
of infrastructural changes upon traffic handling at a ship lock
with parallel chambers. Simulation parameters are determined
via an analysis of historical data. The tool’s accuracy is ascertained
via a simulation of the current operations at the lock.
The effect of infrastructural changes upon traffic handling may
then be accurately assessed via new simulations. The downtimes
of lock chambers due to canal drainage requirements,
for example, represent a particularly interesting element of
the simulation’s input. Optimization of traffic handling in the
new infrastructural environment is consequently performed to
increase the ship lock’s throughput and decrease passage times
for ships. Results demonstrate the huge influence drainage
policy has upon passage times, how optimizing the process
results in greatly improved lock traffic handling and finally
how it is in lock proprietors’ best interest to seriously consider
alternatives for chamber drainage downtimes.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Computer Science Technology TC, Technology Campuses Ghent and Aalst
Technologiecluster Computerwetenschappen
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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