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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(3), 218; doi:10.3390/app7030218

Modeling and Solving the Three Seaside Operational Problems Using an Object-Oriented and Timed Predicate/Transition Net

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Department of Supply Chain Management, National Kaohsiung Marine University, 81157 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, 80778 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Fotune Institute of Technology, 83158 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Department of Shipping Technology, National Kaohsiung Marine University, 81157 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: Mengchu Zhou, Zhiwu Li, Naiqi Wu and Yisheng Huang
Received: 20 November 2016 / Revised: 17 February 2017 / Accepted: 18 February 2017 / Published: 24 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modeling, Simulation, Operation and Control of Discrete Event Systems)
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Container terminals (CTs) play an essential role in the global transportation system. To deal with growing container shipments, a CT needs to better solve the three essential seaside operational problems; berth allocation problem (BAP), quay crane assignment problem (QCAP), and quay crane scheduling problem (QCSP), which affect the performance of a CT considerably. In past studies, the three seaside operational problems have often been solved individually or partially, which is likely to result in poor overall system performance. However, solving the three seaside operational problems simultaneously is in fact a very complicated task. In this research, we dealt with the three seaside operational problems at the same time by using a novel high-level Petri net, termed an Object-Oriented and Timed Predicate/Transition Net (OOTPr/Tr net). After defining the three seaside operational problems formally, we integrated them as a three-level framework that was further transformed into an OOTPr/Tr net model. Then, using the Prolog programming language, we implemented this model as a simulation tool to find the best solution based on the various combinations of heuristic rules used. View Full-Text
Keywords: container terminal; object-oriented; seaside operational problems; timed Predicate/Transition net container terminal; object-oriented; seaside operational problems; timed Predicate/Transition net
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Hsu, H.-P.; Wang, C.-N.; Chou, C.-C.; Lee, Y.; Wen, Y.-F. Modeling and Solving the Three Seaside Operational Problems Using an Object-Oriented and Timed Predicate/Transition Net. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 218.

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