"Simio can improve both the design and operation of maritime systems – including ports, terminals, and offshore platforms. When the life of your business is at stake Simio helps you make critical decisions to improve operations and avoid unnecessary expenditures."
Ports and terminals are susceptible to downtime and overloading that leads to significant demurrage, risks to port operators, reduced throughput, and increased operational costs. To mitigate these challenges and to run an efficient and risk-free environment detailed insight into the cause and effect of process disruptions within ports are required. Simulation modeling is a powerful tool for port and terminal managers to analyze complex processes and receive the business insight needed to reduce cost through optimized service-levels.
Simio provides the features and tools for analyzing captured data from port operations such as berthing frequency, cargo or container handling durations, and throughput. The 3D visualization capabilities of Simio ensures port-related processes and the statistical feedback from a simulated model can be visualized. Simio enables you to execute complex analytics and answer important questions relating to strategy development, optimizing operations, stress test planning, and reducing downtime at ports and terminals.
Ports are the gateways for trade across the world. Every day hundreds of people and cargo pass through the terminals of ports which lead to challenges such as traffic buildup, demurrage, environmental risk, and efficiency problems. To provide optimal service-levels which keep port users happy, requires understanding the dynamics with a port with a view to optimizing loading, unloading, transshipping, and other related processes.
The application of discrete event simulation to analyze activities related to loading and unloading cargo provides insight that can be used to develop optimized schedules to reduce downtime, demurrage and their unintended effects. Simulation modeling helps with capturing the complex dynamics that occur within ports that have multiple entities using and managing its terminals. Including the behavioral patterns and other environmental factors as variables in a simulation model ensures ongoing dynamic interactions are understood thus easing the process of decision making.
"Simio supports the integration of complex variables to create accurate simulation models of port and terminal operations."
The viability and profitability of a port and its terminals is determined by the level of management and ease of use it provides the entities using it. Simulation modeling is an advanced analytical tool that supports the design of models which represent both physical and operational activities into an interactive environment. The Simio software simplifies the modeling process through the provision of an extensive library. Simio also simplifies the analytical process by enabling you to integrate real-time data and historical variables to improve the accuracy of a port’s model.
Simio port simulation models can then be used to answer management-related questions such as:
The Industry 4.0 revolution currently going on in the maritime industry includes the implementation of IoT and smart edge devices to capture data and deliver interoperability. The captured data provide the information needed to create a digital twin of your port to support the Industry 4.0 applications or use cases within the port. With a digital twin representing port facilities and operations, you can predict future problems and their impact on port operations, monitor automated systems, and analyze the importance of optimizing interconnected processes to your ports operations.