PDVMarina S.A. is a Venezuelan oil shipping corporation. The company operates country-wide corporate landline data network to communicate between its subsidiaries in Venezuela, and uses and a world-wide satellite data network service to communicate between its oil tanker vessels and its offices. As most networks, their structure and/or use has 'just happened' rather than having been planned in the past. This research is an attempt to help PDVMarina in shedding light on the status, reliability, efficiency and cost of their networks and use of them. In addition the obtained information of the past and current network history and usage trend is to be exploited for future planning efforts. A current model of PDVMarina's own land-line data and voice was created using relevant information on the network structure, traffic loads and costs as collected during a reconnaissance trip to Venezuela in October 1993. The model was built to be implemented in the communications simulator software package COMNET II and was run for the current situation and various what-if scenarios. The simulation results were used to reveal to the company the current situation, and help to start an informed planning process for the future. The satellite network service was also modeled using COMNET II using operations data collected during the reconnaissance session. Basic operation modes of the used Imarsat satellite system and COMSAT services were modeled. The current usage and cost was determined. Alternative COMSAT services were evaluated with a view towards cost reduction. In addition, a closer integration of the company's own land-line data network and network services with the satellite network services was developed and suggested for economic reasons. Participating in the project were Dr. Bernd J. Kurz (professor), John Dedourek (professor) and Jaime Marquez-Velandia, M.Sc.CS. This research was carried out under a funded agreement with PDVMarina S.A., Punto Fijo, Venezuela. Project Status: Started: October 1993 Completed: April 1995.
Jaime Marquez-Velandia, Modeling and Evaluation of a Ship-Land Communications Network, M.Sc.CS thesis, Fac. of Computer Science, Univ. of New Brunswick, April 1995.
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