MULTIPRODUCT OPERATIONS—1: Discrete-event simulation guides pipeline logistics

Vanina Cafaro Diego C. Cafaro Carlos A. Mendez Jaime Cerda INTEC (UNL-CONICET) Sante Fe, Argentina Based on presentation to IEEE's 2010 Winter Simulation Conference, Baltimore, Dec. 5-8, 2010. A discrete-event simulation technique, combined with optimization tools, permits easy management of real-world pipelines operations with low computational effort. Modeling to develop the technique used a non-traditional multi-server queuing system with a number of synchronized servers at every pipe-end and priority rules to decide which server should dispatch the entity waiting for service to the associated depot. Each priority rule can lead to a different delivery schedule, evaluated using sev...

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