2nd GPF Executive Workshop on Use of Automated Guided Vehicles and drones in Ports and Terminals, June 28-29, 2018, Singapore.
Key learning outcomes
Main learning outcomes will be an understanding the latest trend and technologies in terminal operations. How full automation of the yard cranes and quay cranes combined together with AGVs and drones to make the container terminal an automated terminal, without drivers.
Review of developments in:
Shipping trends and its impact on ports
Issues facing port and terminal operators
Understand the port operations processes
Understand the various factors that can improve efficiency
Appraise the impact of cranes and technology on productivity
Learn how technology plays a major role for success of port development and management
Discuss how technology affects terminal design and strategic development
Learn how to develop a technology masterplan and implement a successful plan
Understand in detail the various technologies and IT applications and how to apply them
Apply what has been learnt through case studies and exercises
About the course
Today’s ports and terminals cannot run without technology as it cannot serve the customers effectively. With this in mind, this 2-day course is aimed at providing a deep understanding of the subject matter. However, participants of this course need not be practitioners of IT or engineering as it covers the applications of technology and how it is used to improve efficiency in the port. It will commence with an analysis of current shipping trends that affects port development and operations. It will highlight the issues on terminal operations and delve into the various technologies that will uplift the productivity of the port and lead to more efficiency. Participants will understand in detail the various technologies and IT applications and how to apply them. They will also learn how to align technology to the business strategy, develop a technology masterplan, discuss the issues in implementation and strategies to implement a successful plan. Practical examples on applications in big and small ports will be given so that participants will have a better understanding. Throughout the sessions, real-life examples will be given on big and small ports and discussed in detail. This will include PSA, MPA, Portek International, Gabon, Algeria, Sri Lanka and a port in Hong Kong. Participants will participate in exercises and analysis and provide solutions to case studies presented.
Module 1-Understanding shipping trends and port operations
Review of shipping trends, supply chain developments and impact on ports
Why are ports important players in Shipping Logistics
What determines port efficiency
What are the business drivers?
Detailed functions of port operations and terminal operations
Unloading, loading and yard operations
Ship and Yard Planning
Detailed analysis of terminal operations processes
Gate operations and impact on public roads
Interactions of ports with shipping community and international shipping agents and their processes
Customers’ expectations of ports services
Understand the various drivers of port efficiency
Module 2-Use of IT systems to drive the operations processes
Why use technology? Differing levels of automation in ports
Why a port must have IT systems before automation
Details of Information Technology Applications will be fully discussed
Terminal Operations System (TOS)
Ship Planning System, Berth, Yard and Gate Planning
Gate automation, Flow through gate- no jams on public roads
Port Community Systems
Systems for transhipment containers
Engineering maintenance systems
Financial integration with customers
Making full use of Simulation Systems
Integration with trade systems and authority systems
Managers need real time information and integrated databases
Use of data analytics
Module 3-Automation of cranes
The use of technology on port cranes to make processes run on their own without manpower
Overview of Container Terminal Automation
Understanding sensors that are used for automation such as laser Sensors, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS)
Automation technologies on Yard Cranes
Anti-collision on container stack, anti-collision on gantry path, Truck positioning system, auto-steering and stack profile
Automation systems used on Quay Crane
Anti-sway control, anti-collision on container stack, Optimal path of spreader motion, Truck positioning, Smart landing
Container number recognition
Crane Control System
Remote Crane Monitoring System
Collaboration and monitoring software for control and Surveillance
Automatic Stacking Crane (ASC)
Use of Overhead Bridge Cranes in PSA
Driverless cranes- one man handles 4 crane in control room
Module 4-AGVs and Drones
What are Autonomous Vehicles?
How are they used in other industries?
What are the main benefits?
Understanding the technologies behind AGV Navigation System
How do the AGVs know where to go, technologies like laser and magnetic grid and triangulation from reflective targets
Safety Systems-Laser obstacle detection and Mechanical bumpers
Vehicle System, Navigation System,
Communication System, Grid Navigation Systems
Configuration of AGVs
Major AGV Manufacturers for Container Terminals
Benefits of AGV
Full automation - Use of Automated Guided Vehicles
What are drones? How are they used in other industries?
Examples will be discussed
How are they used in ports
Benefits of using drones in ports
Future of AGVs and drones
Module 5- How to develop a technology Master Plan
Real life examples of these plan will be used for discussion in this module. This will include PSA, MPA, Portek, Gabon, Algeria, Sri Lanka and a port in Hong Kong.
Participants will learn how to align technology to the business strategy. The technology masterplan has to be a part of the strategic business plan. The steps involved in developing the Master Plan are as follows:
Identify the business vision and the business direction of the port
Performing SWOT Analysis
Identifying the gaps and doing a GAP analysis
Identify systems and processes that address the gaps
Developing a plan that fits the business strategy.
Assess the impact on operations processes, infrastructure changes
Impact on human resources deployment
Assess other technology issues in implementation
How to perform Requirements for development?
Testing and implementation issues
How to convert from existing conventional operations in a brown field terminal to automated terminals
How to plan for full automation
Making a report for management approval
Who should attend:
Chief Financial Officer
Director (IT) in ports and terminal
Port / Terminal developers,
Staff in ports dealing with productivity and technology matters
Developers and systems analysts
Engineering staff from ports
Port Service providers;
Research analysts in port / transport sector
International organisations – who involve themselves in port development
Consultants having functional assignments in ports
Anyone interested in knowing more about latest technologies in ports
About the Course Director
Yap Cheng Hua has 42 years of experience in the port and maritime industry. His entire career is centred mainly on ports and terminals where he has hands-on experience on port operations. His major core expertise is having deep knowledge of port processes and procedures and applying technology for improving port productivity.
In his earlier career, he was with the PSA for 22 years developing the computer systems which gave PSA the edge to excel as the most efficient transhipment container port in the world. He also wrote and implemented the IT Master Plan for PSA and led consultancies projects for ports in China in the 90s, just as China was starting out the present economic development. He also served as a board member of Crimson Logic and CIAS which provided services in the air industry and in direct competition with SATS. He also wrote a monograph for UNCTAD on “Steps to better transit Shed Management”.
Following the restructuring of the maritime industry in 1996, in which he was one of the founding directors, he became the Chief Information Officer of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and also its Chief Innovation Officer. As CIO, he managed the IT applications and infrastructure of the MPA and initiated integration with various community networks. He also chaired many corporate and national committees over the years and promoted IT development in the maritime industry. Being in senior management, he held leadership positions of national delegations to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Asean Ports Association. At IMO, he chaired the IT Facilitation Committee. His last appointment at MPA was Director (Corporate Services) and this includes responsibilities for HR, Corporate Communications, Legal and IT (CIO).
He later joined Portek International and became the CEO of the technology subsidiary, Portek IT and Automation Pte Ltd (PITA) and concurrently, Director (IT), of the group. As CEO, he markets technology solutions to ports worldwide and installed some of these solutions to Algeria, Gabon, Sri Lanka and Rwanda and PNG. He also delivered consultancy for ports in Hong Kong, Bandar Abbas, Sri Lanka, Gabon, Tunisia and Algeria and PNG. His most recent appointment is Advisor for Portek International for port technology especially on Automated Guided Vehicles.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science 1st class Honours in Marine Engineering from University of Surrey, UK, 1974 under the Colombo Plan Scholarship awarded by the Singapore Government and 5 years later was sent by PSA and obtained Master of Science in Shipping Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981 under the PSA Scholarship. While at MIT he received specialised training on Port Design, Management and Development and Information Systems Management and Supply Chain management
He has also serve as a guest lecturer appointed by the Nanyang Technological University, School of Maritime Studies, in subjects such as Shipping and Port management and SCM and Port Management, Shipping Logistics. He has also delivered lectures in international conferences on applications of technologies in port operations in London, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Dubai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, China and at MIT itself.
He has also obtained many international IT awards over the years, notably the Artificial Intelligence Award from AAAI institute, US in 1993, for marine deployment system, Minister Innovation Awards, 2002 & 2003,and was in the Top 5 finalists of the Computerworld Smithsonian Achievement Awards (Transportation Category), 2001.
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