Simulation of Logistic Systems

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode TBSLS-12
Vaknaam Simulation of Logistic Systems
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Simulation of Logistic Systems
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:

1. Abstract a simulation conceptual model from a real or proposed system
2. Formulate simulation data requirements and analyse input data
3. Construct a coded simulation model
4. Design simulation experiments and analyse output
5. Provide decision support to clients and stakeholders starting from an evaluation of simulation study outcomes
Omschrijving Simulation is a much used tool for logistic modelling and analysis of operations in (service) industry. Its benefits rely on the presence of a computer model that allows for representing existing or would be operations over time in a realistic way. This includes modelling of uncertainties as they may arise in any industrial system, such as, illness of staff, machine failures, fluctuating demand, issues concerning product or process quality etc.
The course consists of two parts. The first part concerns simulation basics. It first familiarizes students with model coding, by exploring and applying a simulation tool. Next, starting from a coded model, it shows how experiments - concerning alternative system configurations - are to be set-up.
The second part of the course relates simulation use to industrial practice, assuming use of simulation to be part of a project. Key issues addressed concern the definition of a conceptual model capturing modelling objectives and model contents, data collection and analysis, model validation, and decision support, i.e. reporting study findings.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Total hours of lectures: 4 hours, computer practicals: 24 hours, tutorials: 10 hours, self-study: 102 hours)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Practisch werk (PR)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. ir. D.J. van der Zee
Docent(en) dr. J.A.C. Bokhorst ,dr. ir. D.J. van der Zee
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Simulation software (Plant Simulation) is made available via the university network for practical and home use Siemens
Reader Plant Simulation (available on Nestor)
Simulation - The Practice of Model Development and Use, Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 2014 Robinson, S. 9781137328021 ca. €  52,00
Journal articles (available via Nestor)
Entreevoorwaarden Background: Most students will have done the BSc in Industrial Engineering, possibly originating from other universities. Students may have had some modelling techniques in 'design methodology for business' in their BSc program. Students are not introduced yet to simulation and students have basic programming skills (introductory course), and have basic skills in abstracting models from real-life industrial case examples (for example, obtained in a course on design methodology) and in formulating Operations Research models. Students will have some Operations Management background and must have had at least a basic statistics course.
Opmerkingen In total 5 assignments are executed by students.

Pass mark: Project grade (i.e. overall average grade for assignments 3-5) >= 5.5 and sufficient scores for assignments 1 and 2.
If project grade < 5.5 an individual repair assignment is offered (50% weight in the overall grade).
If a student fails to pass the project grade, he/she needs to retake the course and do assignments individually.
Grading policies will be clarified during the first tutorial.

- For further information on this course, please contact the course coordinator (
- Your presence is required at all tutorials, including the first tutorial (see module schedules for the date of the first tutorial)
- This course is offered as an elective for a limited number of students.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Industrial Engineering and Management  (Optional management modules) - semester I b keuze
MSc Industrial Engineering and Management  (Production Technology and Logistics (PTL)) 1 semester I b verplicht