Comparing decision support tools for cargo screening processes

Siebers, Peer-Olaf, Sherman, Galina, Aickelin, Uwe and Menachof, David (2011) Comparing decision support tools for cargo screening processes. In: 10th International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation, 12-14 September 2011, Rome, Italy. (Submitted)

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When planning to change operations at ports there

are two key stake holders with very different interests

involved in the decision making processes. Port

operators are attentive to their standards, a smooth

service flow and economic viability while border

agencies are concerned about national security. The

time taken for security checks often interferes with the

compliance to service standards that port operators

would like to achieve.

Decision support tools as for example Cost-Benefit

Analysis or Multi Criteria Analysis are useful helpers to

better understand the impact of changes to a system.

They allow investigating future scenarios and helping to

find solutions that are acceptable for all parties involved

in port operations.

In this paper we evaluate two different modelling

methods, namely scenario analysis and discrete event

simulation. These are useful for driving the decision

support tools (i.e. they provide the inputs the decision

support tools require). Our aims are, on the one hand, to

guide the reader through the modelling processes and,

on the other hand, to demonstrate what kind of decision

support information one can obtain from the different

modelling methods presented.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Aickelin, Professor Uwe
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2013 14:59
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:24

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