December 2018 Student Simulation Competition - Contest Overview

Sasin Engineering CU
Sasin Engineering CU Project
Sasin Engineering CU Introduction
The Fountains
The Fountains Project
The Foundatains Introduction
Simuladies Project
Simuladies Introduction
Field Good Inc
Field Good Inc Project
Field Good Inc Introduction

Overview of Contest:

There are two ways to enter the Simio Student Case Competition. You can either enter directly or through class participation. This contest, we had 25 teams enter directly (78 students) and 28 instructors with 275 teams (986 students) for a total of 300 teams (1064 students).

We also had representation from the following 15 countries:

  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Denmark
  • El Salvador
  • France
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • USA

The 1064 students came from these 35 schools:

  • Chulalongkorn University
  • College of Engineering Trivandrum
  • ESEN
  • Goizueta Business School Emory University
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia
  • ITAM
  • IUT Nice Côte d'Azur
  • Louisiana State University
  • Montana State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Oakland University
  • Ohio University
  • Olin Business School
  • Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • Purdue University Northwest
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sichuan University
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Texas A&M University
  • Universidad Anáhuac Puebla
  • Universidad Arturo Prat
  • Universidad de El Salvador
  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
  • Universidad Libre
  • Universidad Panamericana
  • University of Belgrade
  • University of Coimbra
  • University of Concepcion
  • University of Houston
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Washington
  • Washington University in St Louis

Summary of the Problem:

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 Bayer operates several seed production facilities with different product mix, the planning function at Bayer 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.

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:

Jennifer Becker Yao Nie Kaike Zhang Shrikant Jarugumilli

Jennifer Becker
Optimization Lead at Bayer Crop Sciences (USA)

Yao Nie
Data Scientist – Simulation at Bayer (USA)
Kaike Zhang
Data Scientist – Operations Research at Bayer (USA)
Shrikant Jarugumilli
Operations Research & Simulation Lead at Bayer (USA)
Raul Zuniga Laura Silvoy Ernest Bhero Mustafa Gocken
Raul Zuniga
PHd at Universidad Arturo Prat (Chile)
Laura Silvoy
Senior Associate at Array Advisors (USA)
Ernest Bhero
Advocate of the High Court of South Africa & a Professional Engineer at University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa)
Mustafa Gocken
Assistant Professor at Adana Science and Technology University (Turkey)
Olivia Pewzer Paolo Renna Enrique Romero Meredith Deneweth
Olivia Pewzer
Advanced Simulation Specialist at HDR (USA)
Paolo Renna
Professor in Manufacturing and Production Systems at University of Basilicata (Italy)
Enrique Romero
Professor at Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria (Colombia)
Meredith Deneweth
Senior Manager Solutions Design at Ryder Integrated Logistics (USA)

Simio LLC:

Dennis Pegden David Sturrock Christine Watson  
Dr. C. Dennis Pegden
Founder and CEO
David Sturrock
VP of Operations
Christine Watson
Senior Application Engineer
Devdatta Deo Alex Molnar    
Devdatta Deo
Applications Engineer
Alex Molnar
Application Engineer

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

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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