HMS 2016 Proceeding

Simulating the impact of inter-regional rail disruptions

Authors:   C. Fikar, M. Gronalt


Rail disruptions can have severe consequences on inter- regional supply chains. To investigate such impacts and the resulting delays of shipments, this work introduces a simulation-based decision support system to model rail disruptions and corresponding supply chain vulnerabilities. Therefore, to enable a quick modeling approach and the generation of multiple disruptions scenarios, openly available road and rail network data are combined with simulation tools and open source routing and graph-theory libraries. This enables to automatically generate a high-level rail network to investigate various settings. As a result, critical links and industrial locations at risk are identified and decision-support is given.

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