There are two ways to enter the Simio Student Case Competition. You can either enter directly or through class participation. This contest, we had 31 teams enter directly (77 students) and 22 instructors with 189 teams (547 students) for a total of 220 teams (624 students).
We also had representation from the following 11 countries:
The 624 students came from these 39 schools:
An American group of pulp and paper manufacturers is increasingly aware of inefficiencies in obtaining wood as a raw material. Because they operate independently, very often logging trucks drive past one mill to deliver to a competitor mill, adding potentially avoidable transportation cost into the system. They are aware of a European consortium that controls wood deliveries to minimize logistics cost.
They want to evaluate the creation of a new consortium to manage wood deliveries to their mills. The objective would be to minimize logistics cost. There are 3 mills in an area, each consuming 4-6k tons of wood per day, running continuously. Each mill involved has independent demand and maximum inventory, and some have offsite "drop yards" for additional inventory. Wood is cut from in the region by small owner-operator logging companies. Each independent logging operation has its own cutting and delivery capacity that varies seasonally.
The consortium would like a representation of the present system as well as the proposed system so they can evaluate the potential required investment, best operational parameters, and expected savings.
The judging was based on:
For more detail, see the Contest Judging Criteria.
Associate | Logistics Consultant at ARUP (USA)
|Idalia Flores De La Mota
Head of Operations Research Department at National University of Mexico (Mexico)
Industrial Engineer at FedEx Ground (USA)
| Mustafa GÖÇKEN
Adana Science and Technology University (Turkey)
Space Systems Engineer in the Modeling and Simulation Department at The Aerospace Corporation (USA)
|Jirapa "Bow" Kliewer
Transportation Project Intern at City of Pittsburgh
Process Improvement and Simulation Consultant at AxSim Solutions (United Kingdom)
|Mohd Helmy Abd Wahab
Senior Lecturer at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (Malaysia)
|Martha A. Centeno
Professor at University of Turabo (Puerto Rico)
PHd at Universidad Arturo Prat (Chile)
|Dr. C. Dennis Pegden
Founder and CEO
Senior Application Engineer
The top 17 teams out of 220
Contest Overview, Summary of Problem, Judging Criteria and Judges