A Generic Reusable Model of a Harbour System Described at a Macro Level Detail.

M. Bacardit*, J. Canudas**, M.A. Piera***, J.Vila*, A. Guasch*, S. Ametller**, D. Vergés**

*Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,
C/ Llorenç i Artigas nº 4-6. 08028- Barcelona.

** Sener, Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A.,
Avda. Diagonal, 549, 5ª Planta. 08029 Barcelona

*** Unitat d’Enginyeria de Sistemes i Automàtica de l’Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona,
Bellaterra 08193 (Barcelona), Catalonia.


This paper aims to introduce a modeling methodology based on the Coloured Petri Nets (CPNs) formalism to design a generic software port process simulation tool capable of making easier the design and management of port terminals. CPN is a graphic-analytical formalism, which is able to represent in a natural way a discrete event system. CPN can also be used to describe any discrete event orient system (DEOS) with synthesis and accuracy so that a simple, robust and easy to modify model could be obtained. The paper also highlights the importance of using a generic reusable model by parameterizing the port terminal system. The proposed procedure allows attaining a new scenario just by specifying those parameters that characterise a particular harbour system.

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