Simulation based multi-mission cutter scheduling evaluation for the United States Coast Guard

Gregory E. Higgins, Sercan Demir, Nurcin Celik

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Abstract

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) plans the world-wide operations of its ships, referred to as cutters. Rule-based decision making mechanisms, the primary planning tools, are aimed at ensuring adequate time inport for maintenance, stand-by, and generalized assignments for at-sea deployments to geographic regions. This approach is problematic. Stochastic events are becoming increasingly costly. In 2013, Coast Guard cutters suffered nearly four times the normally allocated amount of operational days lost to unplanned repairs. Additionally, the predominant metric used by schedulers is the amount of time a cutter is focused on a single, primary mission. The reality of multi-mission operations is that unplanned emergency missions often supersede planned, routine missions. Furthermore, mission results contribute to multiple strategic goals, though to varying extents based on geographic area. We propose a comprehensive multi-mission schedule evaluation mechanism that measures productivity, given limited Coast Guard resources, across a spectrum of current and future scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages4038-4047
Number of pages10
VolumePart F134102
ISBN (Electronic)9781538634288
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 4 2018
Event2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Dec 3 2017Dec 6 2017

Other

Other2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period12/3/1712/6/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Higgins, G. E., Demir, S., & Celik, N. (2018). Simulation based multi-mission cutter scheduling evaluation for the United States Coast Guard. In 2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017 (Vol. Part F134102, pp. 4038-4047). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/WSC.2017.8248113