Simple Design Tools for Stockyard Layouts

By Frank Gatto

Simulation models can be used to help understand requirements of a stockyard layout. However, simulation models can be complex, are difficult to use and may be unsuitable for use in early stages of a project. This paper presents a simple set of equations that can be used for “back of the envelope” calculations that are based on Queuing or Waiting Line Models. These equations can help provide a better understanding of the issues and constraints within stockyard operations during the initial stages of development. The use of these simple tools is illustrated by some examples.

Frank Gatto

Frank Gatto is a Director and Principal Engineer at ASPEC Engineering. He has over 30 years of experience in civil and structural engineering and is a Chartered Professional Engineer with a PhD in Engineering.


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