My name is Caner, and I'm a PhD student. I need help with the simulation aspect of my dissertation. Simply put, I need to model a ferry line. I've got the following information:
- Ferry specifications including power, speed, fuel capacity, fuel consumption in litres per nautical mile, passenger and car capacity, and more.
- Price of fuel per litre,
- Coordinates or distances of piers,
- Where ferries are moored,
- Timetables of all lines.
What I need to do first:
- Define piers and ferries,
- Setup lines between piers,
- Define timetables to those lines,
- Make each ferry pick up a line, depart from the pier as per the timetable,
- Go back to the starting positions after completing the schedule.
- Set different schedules for weekdays and weekends,
- Define fuel capacity, fuel consumption and monitor fuel usage of each ferry,
- Make a ferry go to refuel when fuel capacity reaches a certain threshold: e.g. if the fuel is less than 1 trips worth, alert another ferry to take over its next scheduled departure and go to refuel)
- Get a report of when and how much fuel the ferry got refuelled.
- Introduce passenger and cars to be carried for each trip as per a demand formula. Get a report about how many passengers transported.
I'm aiming for more but I believe these are the first steps I need to take.
All help is appreciated.
Answer by Jeanette F ·
Hello @Caner P,
This sounds like it will be an interesting project to model. Do you have the model started? Do you have specific questions? If so, please start a new post for each of those questions with your model attached. Please also reference our best practices.
If you are looking for a foundation on how to go about your model, I suggest checking out our manual which has several helpful tutorials. I also highly recommend Dr. Allen Greenwood’s FlexSim Primer, which was written specifically for students and professors. The answers forum is also a great place to search for topics and questions before you post your own.