Simulation of Eurotunnel terminal facilities
The English Channel Tunnel is not only the largest privately financed engineering project in history, it is also the longest underwater tunnel ever built. This article examines a simulation study of Eurotunnel's--the company operating the tunnel--plan for managing the tunnel's shuttle service between the United Kingdom and France after the tunnel opens in late 1993. In doing so, it describes the author's participation on this project as an information technology expert helping Eurotunnel produce the simulation programs that will enable it to optimize its day-to-day operations at the tunnel's shuttle terminals. It identifies Eurotunnel's requirements for its simulation program, which utilized MODSIM II; it details the primary codes integrated into the program, such as those for organizing travelers, collecting tolls, and establishing security. It also overviews the advantages of using MODSIM II and the effort to share the simulation program across Eurotunnel's entire enterprise.