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Title: Integrating layout planning and simulation for logistic nodes
Language: English
Authors: Schwientek, Anne  
Lange, Ann-Kathrin  
Holzner, Markus 
Thomsen, Margit 
Jahn, Carlos  
Keywords: Simulation; Layout Planning; Inland Waterway Container Terminal; Intermodal Transport
Issue Date: 13-Sep-2018
Publisher: epubli
Abstract (english): 
When a new logistic node (e.g. a terminal) is planned or needs to be optimized, layout planning and simulation analysis are typically two separate tasks. While layout planning is an intuitive and visual but static approach, simulation is dynamic but more complex. Integrating both approaches would be highly beneficial. The idea of the integrated tool is to create first a static layout on a touchscreen planning table. After inserting relevant parameters and selecting preferred logistic strategies, the layout is converted directly into an executable simulation model. Based on the simulation, e.g. different layout or equipment variations can be tested.
Main challenges for a successful integration are the logistic processes and strategies on the terminal. Both are not included in the layout planning, but are essential for a valid and realistic simulation model. Therefore, relevant process and strategy variations as well as typical research questions are defined. The integrated approach is an innovative solution to optimize planned as well as existing terminals.
Typically, conducting layout planning and simulation studies separately is a very time consuming task. Integrating both is more efficient, closer to reality and more cooperative by allowing to involve more stakeholders at an earlier stage.
Conference: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 2018 
DOI: 10.15480/882.1825
ISBN: 978-3-746765-36-5
ISSN: 2365-5070
Institute: Maritime Logistik W-12 
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
Project: ISI-Plan - Integration von ereignis-diskreter Logistiksimulation und Layoutplanung für logistische Knoten 
License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0) CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0)
Part of Series: Proceedings of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 
Volume number: 26
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