This textbook was created by a team of simulation experts led by noted author W. David Kelton. It is targeted for use as the primary text in first and second courses in simulation at both the advanced-undergraduate and beginning-graduate levels. It is written in a casual style to promote easier learning.
Now available in English, Japanese, Spanish, and French.
Authors Jeffrey A. Joines and Stephen D. Roberts invite you to turn on your computer, load Simio, and get ready to learn the simulation software with this "participatory style" workbook. This book expects your active participation in using Simio as you turn the pages.
Now available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Mongolian, and Italian.
This book is for managers who want a better understanding of the process of scheduling so they can keep their valued customers happy. Using accessible, non-technical language, the book answers questions about why scheduling is so challenging, how scheduling solutions have evolved over time, and what can be done about those long leads times and lost sales.
The bottom line is that a good-quality schedule has significant impact on the overall performance of an organization and provides an irrefutable competitive advantage. This book explains how revolutionary simulation technology can boost your business and help you deliver on your promise.
An introduction to discrete event simulation (DES) intended for the MBA and related academic markets as well as managers looking for a quick introduction to DES.
This book presents an overview of DES and highlights the key role it can play in helping organizations improve the processes they employ to produce their goods and services. Following an overview of DES, the book presents an introduction to the Simio software system as well as a step-by-step description with pictures of how to build and analyze basic models in Simio. Several detailed examples are presented.
The objective of this book is to present a set of process improvement principles that can be applied by managers to improve the design and operation of all types of systems – from manufacturing production to health care and distribution.
Dr. C. Dennis Pegden has boiled down over 30 years of experience solving "production" problems into a concise set of 25 principles targeted at helping to improve the design and operation of these systems. This book does not propose or present a process improvement methodology such as Six Sigma or Lean. Instead it presents and illustrates basic principles for process improvement that can be used with any methodology within your process improvement projects.
This book is targeted at busy managers and therefore is intentionally concise. The goal of this book is to convey key process improvement principles in as few words as possible.
This newly updated book introduces the concepts of simulation and how to be sucessful with it, then walks through the basics of Simio and some sample models. We encourage you to read this as you start modeling. A matching 8 hour Introduction to Simio video series is available on-line at no cost. This book may be suitable for use as a textbook supplement for short courses and courses that are part of a larger, more general course.
When you talk about simulation, the thoughts go to flight simulators and even video games. The simulation has a wide application in different areas, especially in process engineering, which is where the authors of this book focus on. Simulation is, along with statistics, one of the most used techniques for process analysis. It seems that its popularity is increasing, and this is due to the developments in computer technology. The current simulation environments have benefited from better graphics and visuals, as well as lower computation times. In that sense process modeling is developed using Petri nets and simulation with SIMIO, which has proven to be very efficient in the development of industrial-size simulation models.
This textbook is currently under development. Publication schedule and additional information will be listed here as it becomes available.
This book presents for the first time a methodology that combines the power of a modelling formalism such as colored petri nets with the flexibility of a discrete event program such as SIMIO. Industrial practitioners have seen the growth of simulation as a methodology for tacking problems in which variability is the common denominator. Practically all industrial systems, from manufacturing to aviation are considered stochastic systems. Different modelling techniques have been developed as well as mathematical techniques for formalizing the cause-effect relationships in industrial and complex systems. The methodology in this book illustrates how complexity in modelling can be tackled by the use of coloured petri nets, while at the same time the variability present in systems is integrated in a robust fashion. The book can be used as a concise guide for developing robust models, which are able to efficiently simulate the cause-effect relationships present in complex industrial systems without losing the simulation power of discrete-event simulation. In addition SIMIO’s capabilities allows integration of features that are becoming more and more important for the success of projects such as animation, virtual reality, and geographical information systems (GIS).
Simulation Stakeholder Bill of Rights and its companion Simulationist Bill of Rights outline the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved in simulation projects. These two single-page documents are packed with information guiding your simulation studies to help ensure success.
The free Simio Reference Guide provides a solid foundation for a Simio course. It is over 700 pages packed with information describing the user interface, how to get started, and how to do everything from building your first model to building complex objects. It even includes information on how an advanced user can add new features to the Simio product. This guide is included free in the Simio download and can be used to supplement other textbooks.
Some people choose to supplement the Simio reference guide or other books above with a non-product-specific textbook for more thorough treatment of the general simulation topics. Two such textbooks include:
Simulation Modeling and Analysis 5th edition, Law, provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, and technically correct treatment of all important aspects of a simulation study. The book strives to make this material understandable by the use of intuition and numerous figures, examples, and problems. It is equally well suited for use in university courses, simulation practice, and self study. The book is widely regarded as the "bible" of simulation and now has more than 155,000 copies in print and has been cited more than 14,000 times. The book can serve as the primary text for a variety of courses.
Discrete Event System Simulation 5th edition, Banks/Carson/Nelson/Nicol is ideal for junior- and senior-level simulation courses in engineering, business, or computer science. It is also a useful reference for professionals in operations research, management science, industrial engineering, and information science. This language-independent text explains the basic aspects of the technology, including the proper collection and analysis of data, the use of analytic techniques, verification and validation of models, and designing simulation experiments.
These textbooks cover the more foundational aspects of simulation to provide a more robust simulation background and awareness of topics that contribute to success in using simulation.
Simio has a wide range of free course materials for teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at all levels, includin a short module within a class and even self-learning. The materials include power point slides with presentation notes for instructors, workshop/example problems, homework problems and solutions, aids for learning Simio, and several video series including a self-running video lab.