Combining Simulation with Reliability Analysis in Supply Chain Project Management under Uncertainty: A Case Study in Healthcare

Marisa A. Lostumbo, Miguel Saiz, Angel A. Juan, David Lopez-Lopez, Laura Calvet

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Many projects involving supply networks can be logically represented by multiple processing paths. When the supply chain is working under deterministic conditions, computing the total time requested by each path is a trivial task. However, this computation becomes troublesome when processing times in each stage are subject to uncertainty. In this paper, we assume the existence of historical data that allow us to model each stage's processing time as a random variable. Then, we propose a methodology combining Monte Carlo simulation with reliability analysis in order to (i) estimate the project survival function and (ii) the most likely 'bottleneck' path. Identifying these critical paths facilitates reducing the project makespan by investing the available budget in improving the performance of some stages along the path, e.g., by modifying the transportation mode at one particular stage in order to speed up the process. A numerical example is employed to illustrate these concepts.

Idioma originalAnglès
Títol de la publicació2021 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2021
EditorInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (electrònic)9781665433112
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 2021
EsdevenimentWinter Simulation Conference (WSC 2021): Combining simulation with reliability analisys in supply chain project management under uncertainty: a case study in heathcare - Phoenix, United States
Durada: 13 de des. 202115 de des. 2021

Sèrie de publicacions

NomProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (imprès)0891-7736


ConferènciaWinter Simulation Conference (WSC 2021)
País/TerritoriUnited States


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