Title: An object-oriented approach to port activity simulation

Authors: Mikhail Kondratyev

Addresses: Research Laboratory of Logistics, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), 16 Ulitsa Soyuza Pechatnikov, St. Petersburg 190008, Russia

Abstract: This paper discusses a technique for modelling cargo port activity. It is designed for a comprehensive evaluation of port efficiency under a given input of cargo traffic. An object-oriented extension of the conventional block-based approach to process-oriented discrete-event simulation is proposed to specify a model structure. A port modelling framework is implemented using the proposed technique and AnyLogic 6 simulation software. The framework consists of the custom AnyLogic library backed by a Java-based package of classes and interfaces. The library contains blocks, representing a set of typical vehicle handling processes in a port. The framework provides tools that allow for the rapid development of a cargo port model. It not only provides non-modifiable standard solutions but also allows thorough detailing of certain elements of the port infrastructure, if necessary.

Keywords: port logistics; cargo traffic; discrete-event simulation; object-oriented modelling; OOM; AnyLogic; seaport infrastructure; cargo port activity; port efficiency; port modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPM.2015.068511

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2015 Vol.10 No.1, pp.1 - 9

Received: 06 Mar 2014
Accepted: 08 Sep 2014

Published online: 26 Mar 2015 *

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