HMS 2014 Proceeding

Improving rail road terminal operations in the forest wood supply chain ? A simulation based approach

Authors:   Karl Etlinger, Peter Rauch, Manfred Gronalt


Advanced logistics and transportation concepts are required to improve the forest-wood supply chain. In this paper some terminal concepts are analyzed that show a strengthening of the railway timber transport and synergies between rail and road transport chains. A discrete event simulation model is developed in order to analyze different prevalent terminal layout configuration and to disclose potential improvements of the timber railway transportation system by proposing new terminal layouts and new railway transport options. We conduct comprehensive simulation experiments of the wood supply network with several terminals and industry sites to find out system?s bottlenecks and appropriate railway operation schedules. As a result we can show that by changing the railway operation from a single wagon load to a shuttle system we can nearly double the amount of round wood to be transported.

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