Resources Optimisation in New Hospital Central Kitchen Design – A Discrete Event Simulation Approach

  • Kian Ann ChanEmail author
  • Mack Jia Jia Pan
  • Beng Tee Chua
  • Xiu Ming Hu
  • Malcolm Yoke Hean Low
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1094)


This paper describes a simulation study to design the workflow and improve the process efficiency of a hospital central kitchen. The scope of the study includes reducing unnecessary activities and operators’ movement, minimize traffic crossing in kitchen, increase employee productivity, and halal & non-halal food segmentation. Simulation models developed in the commercial simulation software Flexism are used in this study to verify the current design by logistics consultants and end-users to ensure that the central kitchen workflow meets the design guidelines and service levels recommended by the Ministry of Health Singapore. Experimental results from the simulation models are analyzed and recommendations are made to the hospital management for resource optimization planning.


Simulation modelling Hospital central kitchen Process efficiency improvement Resources optimization 



This project is a collaboration between the Woodlands Health Campus and the Singapore Institute of Technology. The team would wish to express deep appreciation to the Analytics department, Campus planning department of WHC for their valuable support and assistance in this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kian Ann Chan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mack Jia Jia Pan
    • 2
  • Beng Tee Chua
    • 2
  • Xiu Ming Hu
    • 2
  • Malcolm Yoke Hean Low
    • 1
  1. 1.Singapore Institute of TechnologySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Woodlands Health CampusSingaporeSingapore

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