Title: NaSS: system simulation of inland waterways

Authors: Cory M. Rogers; Keith D. Hofseth

Addresses: One Cambridge Place, 50 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA ' United States Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources, 7701 Telegraph Road, Alexandria VA 22315-3868, USA

Abstract: The Navigation System Simulation (NaSS) suite is composed of two primary applications: a Monte Carlo simulation model of vessel movements on an inland waterway system and a data processing and analysis tool for mining of historical data. NaSS was designed to answer potential questions relating to a waterway system under examination, for example: What is the overall system performance of a waterway under different operating, demand load and reliability conditions? How effective are alternative lockage policies at reducing delays and costs? How does any single improvement affect delays at other locks? This paper focuses on the simulation component called BasinSym.

Keywords: Monte Carlo simulation; economic analysis; waterway transport; decision support systems; DSS; engineering reliability; queuing analysis; inland waterways; vessel movements; data mining; lockage policies; locks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPM.2012.049159

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2012 Vol.7 No.3, pp.193 - 203

Accepted: 24 Aug 2011
Published online: 15 Nov 2014 *

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