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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.

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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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