1st International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques for Communications, Networks and Systems

Research Article

Modelling Personnel within a Defence Logistics Maintenance Process

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2008.3013,
        author={Guy Edward Gallasch and Christopher Moon and Benjamin Francis and Jonathan Billington},
        title={Modelling Personnel within a Defence Logistics Maintenance Process},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques for Communications, Networks and Systems},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={SIMUTOOLS},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Coloured Petri Nets Maintenance Simulation Performance Models of Personnel},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2008.3013}
    }
    
  • Guy Edward Gallasch
    Christopher Moon
    Benjamin Francis
    Jonathan Billington
    Year: 2010
    Modelling Personnel within a Defence Logistics Maintenance Process
    SIMUTOOLS
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2008.3013
Guy Edward Gallasch1,*, Christopher Moon2,*, Benjamin Francis3,*, Jonathan Billington1,*
  • 1: Computer Systems Engineering Centre, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus, SA, 5095, AUSTRALIA.
  • 2: University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus, SA 5005, AUSTRALIA
  • 3: Land Operations Division Defence Science and Technology Organisation P.O. Box 1500, Edinburgh, SA, 5111, AUSTRALIA
*Contact email: guy.gallasch@unisa.edu.au, christopher.moon@adelaide.edu.au, benjamin.francis@dsto.defence.gov.au, Jonathan.Billington@unisa.edu.au

Abstract

In a military deployment, the operational availability of deployed equipment will be affected by many factors including equipment usage rates, sparing policy, and importantly the composition and distribution of maintenance personnel. In this paper, we present a Coloured Petri Net model that captures the potentially complex defence logistics maintenance process that links these factors together. We simulate this model with the CPN Tools simulator and identify a number of simulation performance concerns related to the incorporation of personnel in the model. A number of alternative models of personnel are evaluated in an attempt to attain a level of simulation performance from CPN Tools that is acceptable for business reviews and headquarter operations planning. Finally, we present some directions for future investigation to improve simulation performance further.