Student Simulation Contest Overview - May 2016

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Overview of Contest:

There are two ways to enter the Simio Student Case Competition. You can either enter directly or through class participation. This semester, we had 19 teams (45 students) enter directly and 16 instructors with 158 teams (410 students) for a total of 177 teams (455 students).

We also had representation from the following 11 countries:

  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • USA


The 455 students came from these 33 schools:

  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Auburn University
  • Binghamton University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Instituto Superior Tecnico
  • IST
  • Istanbul Arel University
  • ITAM
  • Kansas State University
  • Liberty University
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Ohio University
  • Old Dominion
  • Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sichuan University
  • Texas A&M University
  • TU Delft
  • Universidad Arturo Prat
  • Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
  • Universidad de los Andes
  • Universidad Panamericana
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • University of Houston - Central Campus
  • University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • University of Minho
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Zilina


Summary of the Problem:

An aerospace manufacturer is evaluating planned changes to their final assembly systems.  Their process line has multiple work stations, each with a statement of work consisting of 10 to 20 aggregated tasks.  Each task has unique requirements for labor, tools and material handling.  The system is schedule driven, so any work not completed at the time the line pulses will be “traveled” downstream.  Production policies regarding this traveled work is one of the items to be evaluated during this project.  The manufacturing process is labor-intensive with a steep learning-curve, and work in process is costly.  Therefore, process improvement in the areas of labor productivity and reduction of work in process is critical. 

The process currently has two established product types and the company plans to add a new product type to the process.  The addition of a third production line is also driving the need to evaluate the production plan.  

This manufacturer would like to evaluate the optimal production plan of going from the current state of two production lines, to a future state of two or three lines and a new throughput rate.   We will be evaluating different demand profiles, line allocation strategies, resource allocation strategies, and production policies such as how to address traveled work. 

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:

Mustafa Lauren Gibbens Adam Graunke Idali Flores De La Mota
Dr. Mustafa GÖÇKEN
Adana Science and Technology University (Turkey)
Lauren Gibbens
Operations Engineer Sr. at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (USA)

Adam Graunke
Production Analytics at Boeing Research and Technology (USA)
Idalia Flores De La Mota
Head of Operations Research Department at National University of Mexico (Mexico)
Kevin Sheey Ted Allen No Photo Chetan Soman
Kevin Sheehy
Process Improvement and Simulation Consultant at AxSim Solutions (United Kingdom)
Theodore Allen
Associate Professor at The Ohio State University (USA)
Scott Swann
Staff Operations Engineer, Modeling & Simulation at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (USA)
Chetan Soman
Faculty Member at Indian Institutes Of Management Ahmedabad Ahmedabad Gujarat (India)
Carlos Mendex No Photo Edward Williams  
Prof. Dr. Carlos A. Méndez
Center for Advanced Process Systems Engineering (CAPSE) (Argentina)
Dr. Rowena Eberhardt
Professor at University of Texas at Arlington (USA)
Ed Williams
Educator at University of Michigan (USA)

Simio LLC:

Dennis Pegden David Sturrock Devdatta Deo
Dr. C. Dennis Pegden
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
David Sturrock
Vice President Operations
Devdatta Deo
Applications Engineer

May 2016 Contest Winners

First Place

Georgia Institute of Technology (GaTech)

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Second Place

Third Place

Otto-von-Guericke University

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Finalists, Semi-Finalists & Honorable Mentions

Finalists, Semi-Finalists & Honorable Mentions

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Contest Overview

Contest Overview, Summary of Problem, Judging Criteria and Judges

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