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Competition Overview

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 May 2018 problem (January through May 2018) that is a problem based on improving product delivery and installation of solar panel systems:

Sunrun is the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States. They tailor a solar system to meet a homeowner’s needs and handle all aspects of installation. Sunrun operates in 21 states and continues to grow every year.

For this project students are asked to consider the complexities of the "last mile" of solar panel installation. This process covers the actual movement of equipment, supplies and crews to a home (job site) and installing solar panels on the roof. Right now, there is a proposal to change the current standard to a new delivery process that can better handle the unexpected events that can delay or lengthen the installation. Senior management has requested an evaluation of the current process, comparison of the two scenarios, and recommendations for improving the installation process.

This competition is based off a problem at and is sponsored by:

Student Team Registration

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.

Registration

Instructors: Registration is now open for the December 2017 competition. To register, visit here. Consult the Contest Rules and Guidelines for additional important information and helpful success tips.

Judging Criteria

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.

Previous Competition Results

December 2017

December 2017 Top 10, Honorable Mention, Finalists & Semi-Finalists

May 2017

May 2017 Top 8, Honorable Mention, Finalists & Semi-Finalists

December 2016

December 2016 Top 8, Honorable Mention, Finalists & Semi-Finalists

May 2016

May 2016 Top 10, Honorable Mention, Finalists & Semi-Finalists

December 2015

Dec 2015 Top 8, Honorable Mention, Finalists & Semi-Finalists

May 2015

May 2015 Top 8, Finalists & Honorable Mention Finalists

December 2014

December 2014 Top 8 & Honorable Mention

 

December 2017 Contest Winners

First Place

The Wolves of Wall
Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios

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Second Place

The Quantum
Universidad Panamericana

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Third Place

Awe-Sim
Penn State University, The Behrend College

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Top 20 & Honorable Mentions

The top 20 teams out of 251 

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Contest Overview

Contest Overview, Summary of Problem, Judging Criteria and Judges

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