There are two ways to enter the Simio Student Case Competition. You can either enter directly or through class participation. This contest, we had 20 teams enter directly (57 students) and 18 instructors with 190 teams (740 students) for a total of 210 teams (797 students).
We also had representation from the following 13 countries:
The 797 students came from these 27 schools:
Super Intensive Megastore with Integrated Operations (S.I.M.I.O.) utilizes cutting edge technology and advanced analytics to minimize cost. This is reflected in the level of sophistication of their distribution center operations. Real time information actively guides decision making. Verification, optimization, and automation are a part of daily life. Due to the complexity of the operation, it is difficult to predict how additional investment will function after implementation. Specifically, how should orders be prioritized and dispatched to minimize labor costs? The best way to answer system performance questions is to create a detailed digital twin of the system, simulate activity, and observe/quantify the outcomes.
Labor is the major cost driver and a constrained resource; the system can be divided along labor areas of: Put away (including vehicle constraints), Select, and Replenish. The focus of this problem will be put away. The primary goal will be to evaluate different dispatching methods to improve metrics like pallets per hour, utilization, cost and travel distance. We are looking for ways to achieve a specified target to help evaluate additional hardware to handle more of the inbound demand. The model must be implemented using data-driven techniques to make it easy to change parameters.
The judging was based on:
For more detail, see the Contest Judging Criteria.
Assistant Professor at Adana Science and Technology University (Turkey)
Sr. Business Consultant at Vidant Health (USA)
Industrial Engineer at BAE Systems, Inc (USA)
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Professor at Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (Argentina)
VP of Operations
Application Engineer Intern
The top 14 teams out of 210
Contest Overview, Summary of Problem, Judging Criteria and Judges