Optimising supply chains

Using innovative simulation and modelling techniques, we're developing smart software tools that businesses can use to optimise their supply chains, improve port operations and maximise system throughput.

The Challenge

Bulk material logistics are complex

Logistics for handling and transporting bulk material such as coal, minerals or agricultural commodities are complex.

This poses a challenge for terminal operators and supply chain planners who are often under pressure to reduce their operating costs.

By understanding the true throughput capacity relative to the current versus theoretical capacity of a supply chain, the gap between them can show opportunities to make efficiencies and increase net revenue.

For example, the gap can represent reduced demurrage costs, and significantly faster loading and turnaround.

Our Response

Smart software tools for improving efficiency and effectiveness

We're developing smart software tools that will help businesses maximise the efficiency of their stockyard scheduling, stockyard configuration and supply chain design.

Our innovative simulation and optimisation models can maximise system throughput and provide efficient, cost-effective solutions to deal with growing demand and expansion at port terminals.

Our expertise and experience includes:

  • stockpile monitoring
  • grade control
  • comparing stockpile practices
  • long-term capacity planning
  • operational scheduling.

Case studies

  • Advanced transport analytics

    We're using machine learning techniques to make transport networks safer and smarter.

  • Optimising the Hunter Valley Coal Chain

    We're working with the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator to develop innovative optimisation models for more efficient and strategic management of infrastructure and rail scheduling.

  • Reducing costs for Rio Tinto

    We’re working with Rio Tinto in Western Australia’s Pilbara region to maximise the throughput of their rail system by using simulations to balance train scheduling with maintenance and other system constraints.

  • Reducing waste through ASPIRE

    Advisory System for Processing, Innovation & Resource Exchange (ASPIRE) is a 'proof of concept' project that has been developed in response to manufacturing companies talking to their local councils about waste disposal costs, particularly those associated with increasing landfill levies.


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