3 Must-Read Technical Papers


Another year is coming to a close, and to honour one of its top contributors, PTI has put together a list of some of the key Technical Papers written by Dr Yvo Saanen and his team at simulation and emulation specialist TBA.

Dr Yvo Saanen has been fundamental in designing and delivering the technology behind Maasvlakte II, the most technologically advanced container terminal in the world, at the Port of Rotterdam.

He was also recently nominated for the Prince Friso Engineering Award, which is the biggest engineering award in the Netherlands.

Here is a list of key papers written by Dr Saanen in the past year:


  1. Innovation and Process Optimisation Drive Success

As the most recent paper written by Dr Saanen, alongside Ports of Auckland Managing Director Tony Gibson, this paper articulates how TBA and Ports of Auckland have been working together on a master planning process for the New Zealand container port. Furthermore, TBA aided Ports of Auckland in enhancing its operational efficiency to make it the largest and most productive terminal in New Zealand.

To make it so efficient, automation was planned for the port in two phases: the first entails making the port semi-automated by automating truck and yard operations, and the second phase involves the complete deployment of automated machines.

  1. The Future: Serious Gaming in Automated Terminals

This paper goes into detail about TBA’s virtual games training experience which aims to teach port workers how to carry out daily tasks in a fully immersive 3D simulation training game. It is argued that factual knowledge can increase by 11% with the use of serious games.

A still of TBA's gamification training software in a virtual container terminal environment

TBA has developed its SAFE-T training game in order to take 3D simulation training to the next level and provide an environment where learners can experience the workings of a container terminal in a safe and secure way.

       3. Near-to-Live Training for Terminal Planners

In this Technical Paper, Dr Saanen and various members of his TBA team collaborate to report on the training approach used to improve the skills of control room operators within container terminals. The company discover two key elements for an effective training experience: a good training tool and a well-planned training program to improve virtual training.

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