Logistics Supply Chain Modelling - Conference Presentation

Conference presentation - Africa Ports Evolution Conference 2016

Joel Shirriff, VP and Global Practice Lead, Terminals and Transportation (Joel.Shirriff@ausenco.com)


This presentation introduces the concept of simulation modelling to optimize existing operations and future projects. Using historical operating data in a dynamic model can help target investments to eliminate logistics bottlenecks, rather than move the problem elsewhere. The presentation further discusses the importance of considering the full downstream transportation chain, and not simply the marine terminal facilities as part of a complete logistics model. The throughput of individual links in a logistics chain is not additive, and the interdependencies between the parts will ultimately result in diminished capacity. Case studies are also provided to demonstrate where simulation modelling has saved clients millions of dollars in optimizing their operations.

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