International Conference on Dynamics on Logistics
12.02.2020, S. 32-41

Towards Intelligent Waterway Lock Control for Port Facility Optimisation

Thimo Schindler, Christoph Greulich, Dennis Bode, Arne Schuldt, André Decker, and Klaus-Dieter Thoben

High tidal ranges pose a significant challenge for affected ports. Waterway locks ensure sufficient water levels but their use often coincides with a loss of water in the harbour basins. As an alternative to energy-intensive pumping stations, it is desirable to fill the port naturally, e.g., by opening the lock gates at high tides. Unfortunately, this is a complex and dynamic scheduling problem due to manifold contributing factors. This paper outlines a novel architecture towards intelligent control for waterway lock operations. The concept employs a multi-agent system to cope with the problem complexity and dynamics. Its software agents represent relevant stakeholders, thereby integrating prediction models derived from machine learning.


The "Tide2Use" project (19H18004) is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in the "Innovative Port Technologies" (IHATEC) program.

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