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At it's simplest level a Gateway is a decision point. It controls whether work will pass down one route or another.
Depending on the type you select, will effect the logic the Gateway uses. See the BPMN schema for a full definition of Gateway types.
To create a Gateway click the Gateway button on Drawing Simulation Objects Panel and then click were you want the Gateway on the simulation window. Connect it to other objects using routing arrows.
To move a Gateway: drag it on the simulation window. To copy a Gateway: drag it with the CTRL key on the keyboard held down.
To inspect or change the Gateway's parameters select it and it's contextual ribbon tab will open. Alternatively double click on the Gateway on the simulation window, this will open the Gateway Dialog box.
BPMN simulation features are only available in Simul8 2012 and higher.