A General Simulation Framework for Smart Yards

Matteo Brunetti, Martijn Mes, Jelle van Heuveln

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This paper presents a simulation framework for the logistics operations at Smart Yards. A Smart Yard is a digital and physical system enabling the collaboration of various companies at a logistics hub, e.g., seaport, airport or hinterland distribution center, and characterized by a decoupling point, automated vehicles for internal handling of cargo, and data sharing technologies. The framework is a high-level conceptual model for a hybrid Discrete Event and Agent-Based Simulation, comprising inputs, outputs, assumptions, flowcharts, and agents representing the complex interrelation of stakeholders and shared autonomous vehicles. We illustrate the concept of Smart Yard using three case studies and apply our simulation framework to one of these cases by analyzing the use of a Smart Yard at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2020
EditorsK.-H. Bae, B. Feng, S. Kim, S. Lazarova-Molnar, Z. Zheng, T. Roeder, R. Thiesing
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-9499-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-9500-1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2020
EventWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2020: Simulation Drives Innovation - Virtual Conference, Orlando, United States
Duration: 14 Dec 202018 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference, WSC
ISSN (Print)0891-7736
ISSN (Electronic)1558-4305


ConferenceWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2020
Abbreviated titleWSC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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