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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 $3250, twice a year. Because of the success of the competition, we have added a fourth place position!

Here is a summary of the May 2019 problem (January through May 2019) that is a problem based on real world problem for a Super Market Distribution Center:

Super Intensive Megastore with Integrated Operations (S.I.M.I.O.) utilizes cutting edge technology and advanced analytics to minimize cost.  This is reflected in the level of sophistication of their distribution center operations.  Real time information actively guides decision making.  Verification, optimization, and automation are a part of daily life.  Due to the complexity of the operation, it is difficult to predict how additional investment will function after implementation.  Specifically, how should orders be prioritized and dispatched to minimize labor costs?  The best way to answer system performance questions is to create a detailed digital twin of the system, simulate activity, and observe/quantify the outcomes.

Labor is the major cost driver and a constrained resource; the system can be divided along labor areas of:  Put away (including vehicle constraints), Select, and Replenish. The focus of this problem will be put away.  The primary goal will be to evaluate different dispatching methods to improve metrics like pallets per hour, utilization, cost and travel distance.  We are looking for ways to achieve a specified target to help evaluate additional hardware to handle more of the inbound demand. The model must be implemented using data-driven techniques to make it easy to change parameters

S.I.M.I.O.

* Note this problem is based off of a real world example.  Due to confidentiality, we cannot disclose the company name.

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.

Instructor Class Registration

Instructors: Registration is now open for the May 2019 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

May 2018

May 2018 Top 9, Honorable Mention, Finalists & Semi-Finalists

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 2018 Contest Winners

First Place

Sasin Engineering CU
Chulalongkorn University

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Second Place

The Fountains
Universidad Panamericana

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Third Place

Simuladies
North Carolina State University

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Fourth Place

Fields Good INC
University of Washington

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Top 14 & Honorable Mentions

The top 14 teams out of 300 

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Contest Overview

Contest Overview, Summary of Problem, Judging Criteria and Judges

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