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2007/2008 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Simulation of Logistic Systems
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
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Expected prior knowledge
Preferably spm2320 and spm2932, or epa1311 for EPA students. Students from other faculties: basic knowledge and experience with logistics and discrete-event simulation, including hands-on experience with a simulation package/language.
Course Contents
Week 1: Introduction into logistic simulation
Week 2: Performance measurement
Week 3: Factory modeling; Intro eM-Plant / AutoMod / Enterprise Dynamics
Week 4: Airport baggage simulation; Course eM-Plant / AutoMod / Enterprise Dynamics I
Week 5: Automated container terminal simulation; Course eM-Plant / AutoMod / Enterprise Dynamics II
Week 6: Case introduction; Course eM-Plant / AutoMod / Enterprise Dynamics III
Week 7: Wrap-up of eM-Plant / AutoMod / Enterprise Dynamics training and hand-out of assignments for the 2nd period


Week 8: Simulation and Logistic control
Week 9: Case: Underground Logistic System Schiphol, role of the TestSite
Week 10: Exception handling and operator behaviour
Week 11: Supply Chain simulation models
Week 12: Real-time control and emulation using simulation
Week 13: Future of logistic simulation
Week 14: Presentations of final assignments by the students
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.
of final assignments by the students
Computer Use
During the course the students will work in the SimLab with the simulation package eM-Plant, AutoMod, or Enterprise Dynamics. A home version of eM-Plant can be bought and downloaded, if we can arrange this with the manufacturer. AutoMod can only be used in the SimLab, althoug a scaled-down version can be used at home. For Enterprise Dynamics, a student edition is available.
Literature and Study Materials
Reader spm9427;
Tutorial: eM-Plant / AutoMod / Enterprise Dynamics.
eM-Plant, AutoMod and Enterprise Dynamics manuals are available on-line and in the SimLab.
The grade is based on the group and individual assignments and the presentation the students have to give on their assignments, and an oral exam after all assignments have been handed in with a high enough quality.