Title: Validity of railway microscopic simulations under the microscope: two case studies

Authors: Bill Roungas; Sebastiaan Meijer; Alexander Verbraeck

Addresses: Department of Multi Actor Systems, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands ' Department of Health Systems Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden ' Department of Multi Actor Systems, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Abstract: Simulations are the core of every railway system. Changes in the timetable and the infrastructure, or even in the internal processes of a railway company should be, and usually are, first tested through simulations. Given their significance and potential impact, simulations should be primarily validated; validation ensures - at least to some extent - that the returned results are credible and can be used for the intended purpose. This study is a detailed report on two case studies from the railway sector. The aim of this paper is to identify critical factors that can advance or hinder the validity and the effective usage of simulation models.

Keywords: simulations; validation; railways; case study.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSE.2018.094562

International Journal of System of Systems Engineering, 2018 Vol.8 No.4, pp.346 - 364

Received: 03 Aug 2017
Accepted: 16 Feb 2018

Published online: 31 Aug 2018 *

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