December 2015 Student Simulation Contest Overview

Fantastic 4 Team
Fantastic 4
JMD Team
Tiger Simulation
Linkers Team

Overview of Contest:

There are two ways to enter the Simio Student Case Competition. You can either enter directly or through class participation. This year, we had 18 teams enter directly (37 students) and 19 instructors with 124 teams (423 students) for a total of 142 teams (460 students).

We also had representation from the following 18 countries:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Columbia
  • El Salvador
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • Pakistan
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • UK
  • USA

The 460 students came from these 32 schools:

  • Arturo Prat University
  • Bradley University
  • Carroll Independent School District (HS)
  • Cornell University
  • Ecole de Technologie Supérieur
  • Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería
  • Escuela Superior de Economia y Negocios
  • Istanbul Arel University
  • Kansas State University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Oakland University
  • Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
  • Penn State
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Shri Ramdeobaba College
  • Sichuan University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • SUNY Sullivan
  • Thammasat University
  • Universidad de los Andes
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Universidad San Sebastian
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • University of Bath
  • University of El Salvador
  • University of Missouri
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Twente
  • University of Washington
  • Unviersity of Engineering and Technology

Summary of the Problem:

Urgent Care Centers of Simio (UCCS) owns a number of urgent care centers across the country that provide patient care on a walk-in basis, typically during regular business hours as well as evenings and weekends. UCCS is generally equipped to treat conditions seen in primary care practices such as infections, flu, minor injuries, and simple fractures. UCCS are staffed by nurses, physicians and physician assistants, and specialists like an orthopedic specialist. 

UCCS facilities include areas for patient registration, waiting, and triage as well as multiple exam / procedure rooms of various types. Patient demand varies not only by time of day and day of week, but also varies across their different centers. UCCS wants to determine the best general layout, staffing, room allocation, and other operating methodologies. UCCS would also like to evaluate how increasing patient incentives to pre-schedule for exams and other minor sicknesses could potentially reduce the staffing required.

Since it is desired to use the same model to optimize centers in many cities, the simulation model must be data driven to easily modify the patient demographics and experiment with the facility and staff configuration and optimization. The proposal must be “sold” to the UCCS board, so 3d animation and clarity of the results is particularly important.

Read the full problem!

Judging Criteria:

The judging was based on:

  • Quality/clarity of the presentation
  • Analysis/use of input data
  • Modeling detail/approach
  • Model internal documentation
  • Verification and Validation
  • Quality of animation
  • Experimentation/exploration of alternatives
  • Analysis of results
  • Quality of the recommendations
  • Overall project quality and Executive Summary

For more detail, see the Contest Judging Criteria.

Judging Panel:

Academic and Commercial:

Neal Hennegan Carlos Mendez Adam Graunke Idali Flores De La Mota
Laura Silvoy
Healthcare Systems Engineer at Array Architects (USA)
Mohd Helmy Abd Wahab
IAEng Senior Lecturer at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (Malaysia)
Ron Painter
Senior Modeling and Simulation Engineer at BAE Systems (USA)
Chinnatat Methapatara
Professor at Oklahoma State (USA)
Marlize Meyer Gary Kochenberger Dusan Sormaz  
Mohammad Dehghani
Lecturer at Northern University (USA)
Alvaro Gil
Senior Developer, Modeling & Simulation Specialist at Stream Systems (Canada)
John Edward Santana Ogando
Professor at Universidad APEC (Dominican Republic)

Simio LLC:

Dennis Pegden David Sturrock Renee Thiesing
Dr. C. Dennis Pegden
Founder and CEO
David Sturrock
Vice President of Operations
Renee Thiesing
Senior Applications Engineer