December 2019 Student Simulation Competition - Contest Overview

Mk Sim
MKSim Project
MKSim Introduction
The Entities
TheEntities Project
The Foundatains Introduction
TOMALEX Introduction
The A Team
TheATeam Project
TheATeam 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 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:

  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Columbia
  • El Salvador
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Portugal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • USA

The 1446 students came from these 43 schools:

  • Arizona Western College
  • Christopher Newport University
  • CWU
  • ESEN
  • Goizueta Business School
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Morelia
  • Iowa State University
  • ITAM
  • Kansas State University
  • King Abdulaziz University
  • Northeastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sichuan University
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  • UCA
  • Universidad de El Salvador
  • Universidad de Los Andes
  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
  • Universidad de Tarapaca
  • Universidad del Desarrollo
  • Universidad del Valle
  • Universidad EIA
  • Universidad Panamericana
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  • Universidad San Sebastian
  • Universidad Tecnologica Fidel Velazquez
  • Universidade de Coimbra
  • University of Concepcion
  • University of Houston
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Washington
  • Virginia Tech

Summary of the Problem:

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.

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:

Canbolat Mahmutoglu Raul Zuniga Meredith Deneweth  
Canbolat Mahmutoglu
Associate Director of Global Supply Chain Systems at Colgate Palmolive Company (USA)
Raul Zuniga
PHd at Universidad Arturo Prat (Chile)
Meredith Deneweth
Senior Manager Solutions Design at Ryder Integrated Logistics (USA)
Caleb Whitehead Mustafa Gocken Ernest Bhero  
Paolo Scala
Lecturer/Researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences – Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB) (Turkey)
Mustafa Gocken
Assistant Professor at Adana Science and Technology University (Turkey)
Ernest Bhero
Advocate of the High Court of South Africa & a Professional Engineer at University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa)
Enrique Romero John Santana Lance Champagne  
Enrique Romero
Professor at Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria (Colombia)
John Santana
Professor at UNAPEC (Dominican Republic)
Lance Champagne
Assistand Professor at Air Force Institute of Technology (USA)


Simio LLC:

Dennis Pegden David Sturrock Jason Ceresoli  
Dennis Pegden
CEO / Founder
David Sturrock
Vice President of Opertations
Jason Ceresoli
Project Engineer
Adam Sneath Caleb Whitehead Caleb Whitehead  
Adam Sneath
Application Engineer
Caleb Whitehead
Application Engineer
Elizabeth Millar
Application Engineer

December 2019 Contest Winners

First Place

MK Sim
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

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Second Place

The Entities
University of
San Diego

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Third Place

Universidade de

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Fourth Place

The A Team
Escuela Superior de
Economía y Negocios

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Top 8, Honorable Mentions, & Semi-Finalists

The top 8 teams out of 291 

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Contest Overview

Contest Overview, Summary of Problem, Judging Criteria and Judges

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