Simio invites you to participate in our biannual simulation contest. This is open to both graduate and undergraduate student teams. In addition to the fame and glory ("bragging rights" and exposing your work to potential employers) there will be cash prizes totaling $3000, twice a year.
Here is a summary of the December 2018 problem (August through December 2018) that is a problem based on Monsanto Seed Production Facility Simulation:
Seed production process spans various activities including: planting a given hybrid in the field, in-season operations, harvesting, and seed processing in the manufacturing facilities. In North America, the harvest season lasts for about 8-10 weeks starting middle to late Aug until early to middle of Oct each year. A set of fields is assigned to a manufacturing site for seed processing and packaging after the harvest is completed. The seed production facilities operate from mid – sept until March/April time for the following year.
Given that Monsanto operates several seed production facilities with different product mix, the planning function at Monsanto needs determine the production plan for each of these facilities keeping into account constraints such as product portfolio, complex bill of material, product routing through the facility, physical space and material handling systems, equipment configuration & efficiency and workforce constraints among other items to ensure right seed is shipped to the right customer at the right time.
Students: If your instructor is assigning this as a required class project, ask your instructor how you register. If you are doing this as an ad-hoc project or optional assignment, register for the contest opens, visit here. Consult the Contest Rules and Guidelines for additional important information and helpful success tips.
Instructors: Registration is now open for the December 2018 competition. To register, visit here. Consult the Contest Rules and Guidelines for additional important information and helpful success tips.
Judging will be done by an independent panel of judges drawn internationally from both academic and commercial simulation practitioners. Judging is based on a 10-item scoring system where each item is worth between 0.0 and 3.0 points. For more detail see the Contest Judging Criteria.
Penn State University, The Behrend College
The top 14 teams out of 219
Contest Overview, Summary of Problem, Judging Criteria and Judges