Simulation of cars queuing to board a ferry

One of the modules we teach in the School is called:  Operational Research and Monte Carlo Methods. The module involves very few lectures, with the emphasis on the students working in groups on practical problems via case studies.  At the end of last week, the students presented their analysis of queuing of cars boarding  a ferry. It took two mornings for the module leader: Dr. Malgorzata Wojtys to view all the presentations.

Additional security checks on cars boarding a ferry were required. This slowed down the cars entering the ferry. So the students were asked to design additional scenarios, such as adding more security booths, or opening the ticket booths for longer, so that more cars boarded the ferry on time. The software used was SIMUL8.