There are two ways to enter the Simio Student Case Competition. You can either enter directly or through class participation. This contest, we had 19 teams enter directly (51 students) and 35 instructors with 272 teams (1502 students) for a total of 291 teams (1553 students).
We also had representation from the following 13 countries:
The 1446 students came from these 43 schools:
A regional airport is seeing an increase in passengers as the surrounding communities are developing and experiencing economic growth. However, this volume increase is causing the airport to be frequently plagued by congestion that could hinder the economic growth in the area. For this reason, the airport is evaluating improvement projects to help reduce the congestion and enhance passenger experience.
The airport is evaluating methods to reduce the congestion by targeting the time necessary for passengers to proceed through the airport (arrival, check-in, bag drop, security, arrive at gate). The airport has identified a few options to reduce passenger time in airport but is unsure which would have the most positive impact while factoring in cost and variability of passenger visits. The improvement options that are under consideration include improving and adding capacity to check in and security and/or adding a people mover within the terminal. The airport needs to assess these options and determine how to reduce passenger time in system in the most cost-effective manner.
In addition to the overcrowding occurring inside the airport, traffic congestion is becoming a problem at the terminal and surrounding roadways. The transit authority proposed adding separate bus routes to the airport in an effort to help alleviate this congestion. To incentive passengers to use the bus, the airport is considering expedited security just for bus riders. However, the airport is uncertain what the impact would be of implementing this proposal.
You are to develop a model of the current airport operations to serve as the baseline to compare the impact of the improvement options. Then evaluate the proposals (and suggest others) to provide an overall recommendation for the most cost-effective operations.
The judging was based on:
For more detail, see the Contest Judging Criteria.
Associate Director of Global Supply Chain Systems at Colgate Palmolive Company (USA)
PHd at Universidad Arturo Prat (Chile)
Senior Manager Solutions Design at Ryder Integrated Logistics (USA)
Lecturer/Researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences – Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB) (Turkey)
Assistant Professor at Adana Science and Technology University (Turkey)
Advocate of the High Court of South Africa & a Professional Engineer at University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa)
Professor at Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria (Colombia)
Professor at UNAPEC (Dominican Republic)
Assistand Professor at Air Force Institute of Technology (USA)
CEO / Founder
Vice President of Opertations
The top 8 teams out of 291
Contest Overview, Summary of Problem, Judging Criteria and Judges