Ports, Rail and Air

Modelling and simulation experience across transport sectors

SMS has modelled Newcastle Harbour port operations, several coal loaders and numerous materials handling projects (including coal, bauxite and grain). Our ‘pit-to-port’ projects have included rail network modelling and scheduling and we have supported airports with terminal operations and bagging handling.

Trusted by:

Port of Newcastle, Port of Weipa, Port Waratah Coal Services, Hay Point, Port Kembla Coal Terminal, Fortescue Metals Group, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Sydney Airport, Melbourne Airport, Aurizon, Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals Group, Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator (HVCCC), South32

Talk to us about:
  • Simulation of port operations
  • Coal terminal modelling
  • Ship loading facilities
  • Port capacity modelling
  • Critical throughput modelling

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Project Examples

Coal handling terminal

SMS worked with Bechtel to model a coal terminal to simulate the handling of coal from receival, through stacking, stockpiling, reclaiming and loading to ship. Particular attention was paid to coal placement within the yard and the movement of yard equipment for stacking and reclaiming to ensure that the model accurately reflected the complexity of these activities. After validation against current operations, the simulation model was used to evaluate a range of expansion options and estimate expected terminal throughput capacity.

Grain and woodchip loading facility

SMS modelled upgrade alternatives for a grain and woodchip loading facility to explore the impact of various upgrade scenarios on vessel turnaround times and assess the impact of several alternative management strategies.

Steelworks port simulation

SMS simulated port operations related to increased raw materials delivery to a steelworks in South Carolina USA prior to the commencement of a significant new operation. The modelling provided significant insight into the likely additional traffic and resulting port congestion – allowing decisions to be made regarding tug requirements and additional berthing infrastructure.

Bauxite transfer

SMS developed a model for the transfer of bauxite from mine site through to refinery to support a long-term program aimed at achieving full business potential and a shorter-term program aimed at reducing operating costs. The modelling exercise established port capacity, critical throughput constraints, and potential improvements to delivery systems.