Modelling Complex Intermodal Freight Flows

  • An Caris
  • Gerrit K. Janssens
  • Cathy Macharis
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


In regions with an extensive waterway network intermodal transport including inland navigation is a good alternative for unimodal road transport. Intermodal transport networks exhibit an increased complexity due to the inclusion of multiple transport modes, multiple decision makers and multiple types of load units. A discrete event simulation methodology is proposed to understand the network dynamics and analyze policy measures with the intention of stimulating intermodal barge transport. The simulation model allows to quantify a number of network properties resulting from the interaction of freight flows. The intermodal hinterland network of the port of Antwerp serves as the real-world application in this study. Various aspects in the modelling process are discussed and a first potential policy is analysed.


River Bank Port Area Discrete Event Simulation Model Intermodal Transport Multiple Decision Maker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • An Caris
    • 1
  • Gerrit K. Janssens
    • 1
  • Cathy Macharis
    • 2
  1. 1.Transportation Research InstituteHasselt University - campus DiepenbeekDiepenbeekBelgium
  2. 2.Department MOSI - Transport and LogisticsVrije Universiteit Brussel - Managementschool SolvayBrusselBelgium

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