An integrated decision support system based on simulation and mathematical programming of Petroleum transportation logistics

Waleed Khalid, Abduljabbar (2011) An integrated decision support system based on simulation and mathematical programming of Petroleum transportation logistics. PhD thesis, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (Contributors, Thesis advisor: Mat Tahar, Razman).

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Discrete Event simulation (DES), mathematical programming (MP) and analysis of variance (ANOVA) are among the popular tools in operational research (OR) used in dynamic industry like petroleum industry. The integration of these methods even becomes more significant to managerial application in the industry. The objective of this thesis is to present an integrated decision support system by which a decision maker should be able to choose the optimal number of tanks, tank size and truck arrival rate to maximize average total profit and minimize the total transportation cost for an oil refinery terminal operations. The petroleum transportation management system (PTMS) is developed as a DSS using a discrete-event simulation program with ARENA software, mathematical linear programming (LP) with I-Log software and analysis of variance (ANOVA) with SPSS software, and these models are combined in complex program developed using visual basic software (VB). The simulation model represents the logistics operations from oil arriving to the refinery terminal to the supply points. The model process used as a decision support tool to help in evaluating and improving the comprehensive oil terminal operations. And also understanding and assessing of the different steps in a simulation process. An optimization model was formulated with the objective to minimize the total transportation cost. In the model formulation, hard constraints were considered and the linear programming (LP) technique was used. Result obtained suggests the use of certain types of trucks can reduce the operation costs, if compared to that of the current situation. The reduction of costs is due to the reduction of travelling trips as based on the problem constraints. Overall, output of this study has given positive impacts on the transportation operations. The effect of the changes can help the management of the transportation company to make efficient decisions. Multifactor ANOVA is used to determine whether different levels of the three-factors and their interactions significantly impact the oil refinery terminal's profit. ANOVA is also used to determine the flow rate of oil into the tanks station; tank and truck fill rate and a cost and revenue structure. The final step is to expand the model to cover the whole models (DES, LP and ANOVA) and create the integrated user interface. To sum up the combination of these techniques which allows evaluating the actual feasibility of supply planning considering all operations restrictions and variability of the supply logistics and the total transportation cost. In another words, a DSS have been developed to support a decision maker, who is planning to build a new facility or expand an existing oil refinery terminal, should be able to choose the optimal value for all important factors. The PTMS is able to predict with 99% confidence a set of factor levels that yields the highest average total profit.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management) -- Universiti Malaysia Pahang - 2011, SV: DR. RAZMAN MAT TAHAR, NO CD: 5994
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decision support systems; Petroleum Transportation
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Engineering Technology
Depositing User: Ms. Nurezzatul Akmal Salleh
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 02:28
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2023 07:25
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