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2005/2006 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Simulation of Logistic Systems
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Ir. Y.A. Saanen    Y.A.Saanen@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
Education Period
Exam Period
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
Preferably tb232 (spm2320); tb292 / tb288 (spm2932); (or tb016i / tpa1311 for TPA students), tb361 (spm3610). Students from other faculties: basic knowledge and experience with logistics and simulation.
Course Contents
Study Goals
The course is intended for students who want to specialise in advanced logistics modelling. After the course the students are able to:

understand the complexities of logistic systems;
identify the possibilities simulation offers to design control systems for complex highly automated logistic systems;
analyse and assess complex logistic systems (eventually by means of simulation);
construct valid conceptual and simulation models of logistic systems;
construct large simulation models of complex logistic systems;
communicate models and the results of models with actors involved;
translate results into usable recommendations for policy makers.
Education Method
During the course there is an intensive co-operation between the student and teachers. Every week includes 2 hours of theory classes and 2 hours of discussing assignments. The students have to work in small groups on simulation assignments for at least 6 hours a week. Example material will be illustrated in intensive and interactive courses. This course requires an active participation by the students.

Week 3.1: Introduction into logistic simulation
Week 3.2: Performance measurement
Week 3.3: Factory modeling; Intro eM-Plant
Week 3.4: Airport baggage simulation; Course eM-Plant I
Week 3.5: Automated container terminal simulation; Course eM-Plant II
Week 3.6: Case introduction “Carpe Diem”; Course eM-Plant III
Week 3.7: Wrap-up and final assignment
Week 4.1: Logistic control
Week 4.2: Underground Logistic System Schiphol, role of the TestSite
Week 4.3: Exception handling and operator behaviour
Week 4.4: Supply Chain simulation models
Week 4.5: Real-time control and emulation using simulation
Week 4.6: Future of logistic simulation
Week 4.7: Presentations of final assignments by the students
Computer Use
During the course the students will work in the SimLab with the simulation package eM-Plant,
Literature and Study Materials
Reader spm9427
Tutorial: eM-Plant
The grade is based on the group and individual assignments and the presentation the students have to give on their assignments, and on a written exam after all assignments have been handed in with a high enough quality.