Current logistics projects

PreparedNet BMBF- research project

Partial project: Reference model building and simulation of cargo handling centre processes to support Supply Chain Risk Mana­gement (Reference number: 13N11136)


The added value involved in the production of goods generally involves several partners and is separated both spatially and organizationally. In addition the provision of goods is to a large extent organized on a global basis. This means that raw materials and semi-finished goods are bought worldwide and the products which are manufactured from these materials are also distributed worldwide. At the same time, the expectations of the customers are rising: for example short delivery times and a wide range of services are important, but at the same time low logistics costs are also expected. In order to achieve this, effective logistics networks are necessary.

With the increase in importance of logistics, the risks become increasingly evident: what are the risks for central logistical hubs in these networks and what are the options if a serious disruption occurs?

Project (complete and partial)

The aim is support decision-making processes in cases of disruption in complex logistics networks, the focus here being on short-term planning. Using simulation studies, defined disruption scenarios are evaluated with regard to their effect on the cargo handling centre or cargo handling centre network affected, making it possible to restore operations. The basis for the process is a process-oriented reference model which has been developed especially for cargo handling centres.

There are two sub-targets:

  1. The aim is to identify norm strategies for defined procedures (routines) on the basis of the simulation results, which can then be made more concrete in the form of guidelines.
  2. The simulation environment is available as a tool which can be used to give situation-specific recommendations in the case of disruption in the system.  Unlike point 1., the calculations are carried out after the breakdown in the system has taken place, where the model environment (model cargo handling centre network) is available.

The important concepts in this connection are Business Continuity approaches and emergency plans. The ideas laid out here, will also contribute to effective Supply Chain Risk Mana­gement on a tactical and particularly on an operative level. Currently most publications and research in this area concentrate more on the strategic level.

Project funding and partners

These risks are analyzed within the framework of the combined "PreparedNET - Agent-based Simu­la­tion and Research of an Emergency Plan to Protect sensitive Logistics Hubs" project. The research project is funded by the Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) through the "Research for civil security" programme under the "Safeguarding of the Supply Chain" programme. Several other partners from research and industry are involved in the project besides the Faculty of Business Information Systems at Furtwangen University:

The project sponsor is VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH.

The task of the HFU team is to record the processes in and between selected sensitive logistics hubs. In cooperation with the other research partners this will be carried out at two cargo handling centres - in Bre­men und Dres­den. In the next step the results will be evaluated and transferred to a generalized model for cargo handling centres.
Later in the project, simulation studies are planned in order to test alternative modes of response in cases of damage.

Scientific publications
  • Altendeitering, M., Breuer, C., Dotzlaff, R., Prinzbach, J., Reusch, M., Scherer, A., Siestrup, G. (2011): Kon­zeptio­nie­rung eines prozess­orien­tierten Referenz­modells für sen­sible Logistik­knoten - dar­gestellt am Bei­spiel von GVZ, in: Furt­wanger Bei­träge zur Logistik, Heft 1 [more]
  • Breuer, C., Siestrup, G., Haasis, H.-D. (2014): Decision-Support for Responsible Risk Handling in Logistics Agglomerations, in: Pawar, K. S. und M. Nkhoma (Hrsg.): Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2014): “Designing Responsible and Innovativ Global Supply Chains", S. 271-277
  • Breuer, C., Haasis, H.-D., Siestrup, G. (2015): Operational Risk Response for Business Continuity in Logistics Agglomerations, in: Dethloff, J., Haasis, H.-D., Kopfer, H., Kotzab, H. und J. Schönberger (Hrsg.): Logistics Management: Products, Actors, Technology - Proceedings of the German Academic Association for Business Research, Bremen, 2013, Cham: Springer International Publishing, S. 107-120
  • Breuer, C., Castine, J. D., Siestrup, G., Haasis, H.-D., Wildebrand, H. (2013): Risk-oriented decision support in sensitive logistics nodes, in: Pawar, K. S. und H. Rogers (Hrsg.): Proceedings of the 18th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2013): “Resilient Supply Chains in an Uncertain Environment”, S. 213-221
  • Breuer, C., Haasis, H.-D., Plöger, M., Siestrup, G., Wildebrand, H. (2011): Support of an opera­tional supply chain risk mana­gement for sensitive logistics nodes, in: Pawar, K. S. und H. Rogers (Hrsg.): Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2011): "Re­building Supply Chains of the future for a Glo­balised World", S. 335-339 [more]
  • Breuer, C., Wildebrand, H., Haasis, H-D., Reusch, M., Siestrup, G., Wunsch, A. (2012): Reactive Risk Management Using a Combined Multi-Agent Simulation Approach, in: Pawar, K. S. und A. T. Potter (Hrsg.): Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2012): ?New Horizons in Logistics and Supply Chain Management?, S. 319-326 [more]
  • Breuer, C., Siestrup, G., Haasis, H-D. (2012): Operational Risk Issues and
    Time-Critical Decision-Making for Sensitive Logistics Nodes, in: Chan, H.
    K., Lettice, F., Durowoju, O. (Hrsg.): Decision-Making for Supply Chain
    Integration, London: Springer, S. 123-143
  • Breuer, C., Dotzlaff, R., Siestrup, G. (2012): Risikomanagement für sensible Logistikknoten, in: Forschungsbericht 2012/2013 der Hochschule Furtwangen, Augsburg: vmm Wirtschafts­verlag, S. 54-58
  • Breuer, C., Siestrup, G., Haasis, H.-D., Wildebrand, H. (2013): Collaborative risk management in sensitive logistics nodes, in: Team Performance Management, Volume 19, issue 7/8, S. 331-351
  • Siestrup, G., Breuer, C., Wildebrand, H., Haasis, H-D. (2012): A Risk
    Management Approach for Logistics Agglomerations, in: Proceedings of the 25th European Conference on Operational Research, S. 251

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