Inform has been selected by DP World Vancouver to deliver three optimisation modules from its Syncrotess solution range as part of the terminal’s Centerm Expansion Project (CEP).
Work began in April 2020 and the Syncrotess solution is expected to be delivered in early 2021, representing Inform’s third major port project in the North American market.
The solution is comprised of multiple ‘add-on’ optimisation modules that set out to optimise almost all aspects of container terminal operations.
DP World Vancouver has selected three optimisers including Train Load Optimiser (TLO), Rail Scheduler, and Vehicle Optimiser.
Joel Werner, director of engineering and projects at DP World Canada, said: “The scope and scale of the CEP is a significant undertaking, which will significantly increase the capacity of the DP World Vancouver terminal.
“Real-time optimisation of the intermodal yard operations is a key component of the project; as such, we are excited to have selected the Inform solution. This advanced technology supports our vision of creating a highly efficient and responsive terminal operation to better serve our customers.”
The CEP aims to increase the handling capacity at the Centerm container terminal to 1.5m teu, an increase of 65% from its pre-project capacities while only increasing the terminal’s footprint by a mere 15%.
To achieve this, the terminal has undergone significant reconfiguration works, multiple road work projects, and the extension and modernisation of their intermodal rail facilities.
The terminal, which caters to trans-Pacific trade between Asia and Canadian markets, offers intermodal connections via tow rail networks, CN Rail and CP Rail, as well as direct road links.
The Syncrotess TLO chooses amongst the available rail-containers at the terminal those that should be considered for train stowage in order to minimise the burden of work in the yard and maximise productivity in the rail area.
Moreover, it determines an optimised allocation for the containers on the associated outgoing train and updates this allocation after the commencement of train loading if needed.
The Rail Scheduler module focuses on the optimisation of train unloading and loading processes that reach out to the chain of transport between the yard blocks and the rail tracks and vice versa.
It is within this chain that the module is able to achieve a higher optimisation potential as it bundles the different aspects playing a role in rail operations (crane optimisation, train load planning, and yard layout) and proposes intelligent solutions accordingly.
Lastly, the Vehicle Optimiser considers all executable internal transfer vehicles (ITV) and proposes an optimised sequence of these jobs amongst the fleet.
This comes with a planned complete time for each ITV with the aim to maximise productivity, minimise vehicle idle times, and minimise ITV total travel distance through a reduction of empty travel.