The globalization trend results in people moving towards the city. The more people, the more activity, the more consumption and production: the bigger, more complicated and interconnected the networks and systems will become.
We are interested in making our infrastructure, such as port and port waters, more safe and secure. With the deployment of new technology such as AGVs, autonomous vessels, drones, IOT devices, UAV and more connectivity, compromises in security could be developed that might disrupt port operations. How are the things interconnected; who starts or stops what? Can we create the picture of those networks, and how those networks are being used? It is becoming more and more crucial to get grip on what will happen when a link in the network is damaged or broken down. Can we get insight in the consequences of disruption in the network?
Digital networks provide (new) insights in the operations within the physical networks. Besides monitoring the operations, IT and the digital networks are also controlling the physical networks. This introduces new challenges and risks in terms of availability, data & security. We want to identify which risks are involved. Can you show us!?
What is the impact for the community when a disruptive event occurs? Can we create a societal value model of the impact? How do we get insights in the consequences of a ‘disruptive event’ in our network/infrastructure? What are the spots in the network that needs special attention to avoid high social costs? What if (incidents, hacks, breakdowns, collisions) will happen in my network. How can we minimize/regulate such ‘incidents’ in our network by combining the right datasources with the technology?
Can modelling and simulation be of assistance to understand the complexity of these interconnected systems?
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The A15 is one of the main roads in the Netherlands and is the link of the Port of Rotterdam to the hinterland. The A15 is part of the bigger infrastructure and connects with other infrastructures like roads, railways, waterways, and interacts with and through objects like bridges, locks, terminals and plants. This A15 case embodies three main challenges;
Can we create insight of the interconnectedness of the A15 with other infrastructure? What are parts that are completely free, and which parts are highly connected with other parts. And, what are the characteristics and the fluidity of traffic on this A15.
If we have this level of connectedness in relation to the traffic fluidity, what are the consequences of a possible disruption? Can you make a distinction in incidents, weather, maintenance, rush hours, etc.?
If we have this overview of the consequences of possible disruptions, what are the focus areas, and what does this means for the port? And how can we avoid/minimize those consequences?