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Simulation Modeling with SIMIO: A Workbook - Fourth Edition

by Jeffrey A. Joines and Stephen Roberts

This page describes the Fourth Edition.
published by Simio LLC and Amazon's CreateSpace

This workbook features a participatory style of learning. You don't sit and read the book without a computer loaded with SIMIO. We expect your active participation in using SIMIO as you turn the pages. We try to carry on a conversation with you. Our belief is that simulation is not a spectator sport.

Version ISBN-13 ISBN-10 List Price
Color Interior 978-1-51-9142207 1-51-914220-X  $81.99
Grayscale Interior 978-1-51-9333933 1-51-933393-5  $43.99
Color E-book TBA TBA $19.95
432 pages


The new fourth edition of the workbook has an evolved structure based on use and experience to improve the organization. We have reorganized the book by combining related chapters, which were added in earlier editions as separate chapters to accommodate new features to improve the flow. Several new chapters have been added from a simple introduction to simulation, to performing output analysis in Simio, to Simio's materials handling features as well as updated all of the chapters to incorporate the latest features of Simio Release 7.124 including the task sequences and tokenized processes. We strongly recommend using this fourth edition when you have the choice. View Preface.

Author Statement:

This edition of the workbook has an evolved structure based on use and experience. More emphasis is placed on “why” modeling choices are made, to supplement the “how” in using SIMIO in simulation. In Chapter 1, we present fundamental simulation concepts, independent of SIMIO which can be skipped for those who already understand these fundamentals. In Chapters 2 through 6, concentrates of the use of the Standard Library Objects in SIMIO. You can do a lot of simulation modeling without resorting to more complex concepts. A key part of those chapters is learning to identify/separate the data in a model from the model structure. Chapter 7 introduces the fundamental topic of “processes,” which we frequently employ in the following chapters. Chapters 8 and 9 concentrate on the important topics of flow and capacity. Chapter 10 introduces optimization in the context of supply chain modeling. Chapter 11 presents the influence of bias and variability on terminating and steady-state simulation. Chapter 12 introduces SIMIO materials handling features. Chapter 13 extends the use of resources while Chapters 14 and 15 describes the use of workers including the detailed services provided by task sequences and their animation. Chapter 16 details the simulation of call centers with reneging, balking, and cost optimization. Chapters 17 through 20 presents object-oriented simulation capabilities in SIMIO. Chapter 17 builds a model out of an existing model (we call it sub-modeling). Chapter 18 describes the anatomy of an existing SIMIO and in Chapter 19 we build a new object by “sub-classing” an existing object. In Chapter 20 a new object is designed and built from a base SIMIO object and its creation is contrasted with standard SIMIO object. Chapter 21 presents some of the continuous modeling features in SIMIO. Chapters 22 and 23 demonstrates the power of object-oriented simulation in the modeling supply chains and process planning respectively. We include an appendix on input modeling, although SIMIO does not provide software.

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