The goal of the research project is the seamless integration of the layout planning by means of an intuitive and cooperative planning tool (planning table) and logistics simulation for logistic nodes. This is to be implemented using the example of container terminals in inland ports as well as rail nodes (CT terminals). Up to now, these two steps in the development and planning of logistics nodes are carried out separately and decoupled from each other, possible synergy effects (e.g. reduction of the modelling time for the simulation model) are not realised. Within the research project, a solution is being developed that makes it possible to transfer static layouts, created on a touch-sensitive and intuitively operated planning table, directly into a functional dynamic simulation model with stored logistics strategies.
In order to meet the high demands for faster handling in a shorter time frame and with higher quality, it is necessary for logistics nodes in ports and inland to continuously assess their operational and administrative processes and adapt them if necessary. This is particularly true for CT terminals due to the high handling figures and increasing requirements. When planning new and existing logistics nodes, it is therefore important to use space and technical systems for transhipment, transport and storage as efficiently as possible. In the field of combined transport facilities, planning is usually limited to the static layout of the facilities according to the usual parameters (track length, turning circles, parking areas) using classic planning instruments. Layout planning and logistics simulation have so far been used separately in the development and planning of logistics nodes. Layout planning software is characterized by an intuitive and cooperative application, but only allows static considerations. In contrast, simulation software has the advantage of allowing the analysis of dynamic processes, but is less intuitive to use.