Simulation vs. Spreadsheets for Process Modeling

Written by sander vermeulen

There are common reasons against using simulation as a method of process modeling and instead users favor spreadsheet modeling. There are a range of advantages of simulation and many ways to improve accuracy in analysis through the power of simulation… In this video I talk about the advantages of simulation over spreadsheets over a range of areas including: Variability Resources Animation Pathway Dependencies   When working on simulation in excel, for example, there are limitations - many of which can be addressed using simulation software. In my experience, most of our customers have benefited from the visual aspect of simulation…

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#SimulationSolves – What is the quickest way to board an airline passenger plane?

Written by Brian Harrington

Boarding a plane can be stressful - everyone wants to get on as quickly as possible with minimum disruption, but sometimes confusion occurs and people end up sitting in the wrong seat or taking a long time to put their bags in the overheard storage. This causes everyone to take longer to find their seats, and delaying the plane from being ready for departure. Airlines try different methods of boarding including: Back-To-Front, Random boarding, WILMA (Window, Middle, Aisle) and many others to try and ensure quick boarding and customer satisfaction, but how can you quickly prove which method is the best,…

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What would you do in the event of a terrorist attack?

Written by admin

Risk Sciences International use SIMUL8 to create test scenarios within the US food supply chain. In today’s world we are constantly faced with the threat of terrorism. Terrorism can affect us via a wide range of channels and it is imperative that there is significant preparation in place, in the event of an attack. Recently, SIMUL8 worked with Risk Sciences International - funded by The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) - to simulate how the public health system would react and what measures should be taken in order to cope with a terrorist attack on the US…

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Share your simulation project at WSC 2015

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Winter Sim 2015 is fast approaching which can only mean that the time to submit a case study for the Case Studies Track is here! This is an opportunity for professionals across all industries to share real world simulation projects. The Case Studies Track was a big success at last year’s conference. Each session provided an opportunity for simulation professionals to network and share their experiences with each other. Visit the WSC's Case Studies page to find a link that will direct you to the abstracts from last year’s conference or visit the 2014 WSC Archives to see the extended abstracts…

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SIMUL8 Tip – Use a Spreadsheet to Generate Batched Arrivals by Day

Written by admin

Many users found using a CSV to generate arrivals very useful, so we decided we’d write a similar tip but instead using internal spreadsheets as an interface. This can be used in scenarios where large quantities of goods come at a regular interval, and where the quantities remain static. The first thing we will do is create an internal spreadsheet called ssArrivals. To do this, navigate to the Data and Rules Tab, and then select Information Store.

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