20 Years of High-Definition Simulation in the Port Industry



Dr. Yvo Saanen, Pascal Bierhuizen and Arjen de Waal, TBA


More than 20 years of operations, 1,000 projects across 250-plus terminals, over 500 man-years spent on simulation. Sound crazy? This the story so far for TBA, which is improving the quality of decision-making in ports and terminals. Multi-million projects require a firm foundation of decisionmaking, which solid models can provide. At the time we started our simulation practice, a large majority of terminals were designed using spreadsheets. It goes without saying that those analyses do not consider the process variations that take place in any container terminal operation. These process variations are a key element, as they are relatively large
compared to, for instance, production industry standards…

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