Modern ports and terminals are high-tech centres, controlled and monitored by complex IT systems. It is a well-known fact that newly implemented software can be subject to teething problems. The result: breakdowns, interruptions and waiting times that port operators can ill afford in the face of increasing customer demands and pressure from the competition. How can this be avoided?
Our answer is simulation and emulation. With the help of computer simulations, a run-through of procedural case studies (What If studies), we evaluate various designs for terminal systems as part of port and terminal planning and provide operators with an idea of the movements and interplay of ship unloading cranes, transport vehicles and stacking cranes in real time. In this way, we provide information on the current circumstances and future possibilities in a terminal.
With emulation, we take this one step further. On the basis of simulations, we test modules of terminal software and modifications of the system configuration in a virtual terminal environment with which we very precisely depict conditions as they will realistically occur later. For terminal operators who have to make imminent investment decisions concerning terminal conversions and extensions, we therefore provide a high degree of security well before the implementation of new equipment and IT infrastructures.
The advantages for terminal operators: