RPA135: Economic Optimization of Distribution and Transportation Networks

Course Id:  RPA135   |   Duration:  4.00 day(s)   |   CEUs Awarded:  2.8   |   Level:  Introductory


Course Objective

This course provides an introduction to the Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner (PSCP) system and its application for business problems. Emphasis is placed on learning how to use the Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner system to solve typical primary distribution and transportation planning problems of refinery products.

Course Overview

To provide an introduction to the Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner (PSCP) system and its application for business problems. Emphasis is placed on learning how to use the Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner system to solve typical primary distribution and transportation planning problems of refinery products.

Audience

Technical as well as non-technical personnel who work with planning of refinery product distribution transportation networks. An understanding of Linear Programming (LP) is not required.

Approach

  • Introduction on Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner functionality and basic Linear Programming Concepts
  • Hands-on problem solving approach allows the student to gain an understanding of the most common business problems and how to solve them using Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planning data tables, menu options and reports

Class Schedule

Class Agenda

RPA135: RPA135: Economic Optimization of Distribution and Transportation Networks

  • Linear Programming Concepts: Definitions of constraints, variables, right hand sides, ranges, bounds, matrix coefficients, PI values and DJ’s
  • Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner Menu Options overview
  • Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner Reports: Obtain, analyze and understand Solution Report, Transportation Crosstab, Margins Window, Results Window, Solution Browser and Matrix Analysis Program
  • Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner Data Tables: Overview of the most commonly used data tables, structures and data requirements necessary to build and maintain an Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner model.
  • Case Study Analysis: How to use the Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner case stacking feature to run alternate scenarios; introduce Parent/Child cases architecture

Class Problems covering the following topics:
  • Building a model
  • Working with maps
  • Using Groups and Capacity Constraints
  • Adding Global Constraints
  • Employing Case Options
  • Disabling Transportation modes and Nodes
  • Evaluating product exchanges
  • Introducing Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) constraints
  • Expanding to Multi Period problems
  • Modeling Segments and Routes
  • Adding  Travel Time and In Transit inventory constraints
  • Creating Specification Blends
  • Introducing Elasticity of Price vs. Volume
  • Modeling Milk Runs and Journeys

Aspen Technology, Inc. awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for training classes conducted by our organization. One CEU is granted for every 10 hours of class participation.