ProRail Railway Gaming Suite
Together with the Policy, Organization, Law and Gaming group of TPM, we research serious gaming as a means to support complex decision making for ProRail and its partners. As manager of the 2nd busiest rail network in the world, ProRail has to develop innovative solutions to increase the capacity of the network, while keeping transportation safe and manageable, also when there are disturbances such as snow, broken trains, technical failures, maintenance, and shutdowns of parts of the network. In a four-year program, technical simulations of the systems operations are combined with serious games to prepare and test innovative solutions. Because of the many aspects that have to be taken into account, multiple simulation models have to be coupled in so-called federations to provide the richness and fidelity for decision making. Systems Engineering researches and develops new solutions for parallel and distributed simulation to enable realistic gaming for testing new solutions to operate and manage the future rail network in The Netherlands.