Oil & Gas


Computer simulation is the digital representation of a real-world system, capturing it’s key characteristics and functions to study current behaviour and forecast future performance. Once built, a simulation model becomes a virtual sandbox allowing us to study a system holistically, understand where bottlenecks may form and identify the highest value investment scenarios from a series of options.

With more than 35 years of experience on over 400 simulation projects worldwide, we are experts in the application of discrete event simulation to evaluate resource sector supply chain logistics. Our in-house, event-based, Transportation and Logistics Simulator (TLS) allows us to quickly develop detailed models that capture the real-world behaviour of systems, with a rich set of object libraries that include trucking, comminution, rail networks, pipelines, bulk and liquid terminals, ports and met-ocean phenomena.

Our simulation models have been applied in numerous ways including:

  • Terminal design
  • Trade off studies
  • Port navigation
  • Process debottlenecking
  • Bad actor analysis
  • Storage capacity requirements
  • Multi-modal transport logistics
  • Processor plant design
  • Economic value at risk

Our services include simulation studies, customized user interface development, software licensing and simulation videos for shareholder and stakeholder engagement.

Simulation model of the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) and Goonyella rail network in Queensland, Australia. This coal network is the second-largest of its kind in the world, delivering 150+ Mt/y with 6,000+ railcars. Ausenco optimized the >$100M terminal infrastructure improvement sequence by identifying those with poor ROI. We also developed and tested a sophisticated operating philosophy to minimize this complex system’s operating costs.

To see more examples of our work, visit our YouTube channel