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    AgfISS - Agency for Industrial Software & Services (managing director)
    Niedenstein (Germany)

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  1. Could I request that you guys look into how much effort it would require to "expose" submodel and object properties as experiment controls directly and automatically. This capability would be EXTREMELY helpful for a potential use case for SIMIO I'm currently exploring within my organization. Sean
  2. An automated way to import Experimental controls into the model for running a scenario in Interactive Mode. (in addition to keeping the advanced option for replication number). Sean UPDATE: Apparently I missed that this functionality already exists!! Yay.
  3. In the absence of the cool feature I suggested , with the help of SIMIO support I think I may have a compromise. I am considering using model-level tables to define experimental scenarios for each object, along with (integer) model-level properties to set the scenario number (row reference) for each object - which will be accessible as a control in a model-level experiment. Repeating group properties for each object with a reference to the appropriate data table will make the connection between model table information and properties "inside" the object.
  4. Precisely Dave. The current method of using referenced properties within an object so that it can be used as a control in an experiment gets to be somewhat inconvenient and not as user friendly if you have a lot of sub-classed objects and sub-models that may be combined to create a "master" model. Particularly when the combination of objects and selection of properties to be experimented on changes from project to project. Ideally I would love to experiment with submodel-level and object-level properties without going through the steps of defining Master model-level properties - perhaps through a boolean property of a property that serves to expose it to its parent model's experiments (as a control). Thanks for the response.
  5. Hi Dave, I generally agree with defining model properties and then referencing those properties "on" each object's properties view. However, What if you have several submodels or subclassed objects that you are using as a library, each with several different properties. And models you build dont always use the same objects or submodels. In this environment, defining all the possible properties in the main model and then using referenced properties seems a bit cumbersome and unwieldy. Is there a way (or I suppose we can request) that model/object properties be accessible by their parent model's experiment??
  6. Please consider allowing multiple binding options for one table to be created with one single user prompt, for example, allowing connections for multiple worksheets within a workbook or multiple tables within a database to be created at one time.
  7. did you ever come up with a solution for this. I am encountering the same exact problem. Sean
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    (Update 1:54 PM 10/9/2015) If you are able to access Autodesk Character Creator, you can create .fbx files for a wide range of characters with various hair colors, facial structures, body types, clothing styles, etc. It appears only "middle-aged" characters are possible for free, but clothing options provide for animated healthcare personnel (doctors, nurses, etc.) that look significantly better than the built-ins. Then you can upload these characters into Mixamo and add animations to them (sitting, idle, laying down, running). Then you'll be able to download the packaged .dae files of the animated character for import into SIMIO. Autodesk Character Creator and Mixamo appear to be free...for now...while Adobe decides how they will manage/price their new products. Happy modeling (and animating).
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    Has anyone tried working with Mixamo to import 3-d animated symbols (e.g. people)? I have tried a few times to import .fbx files into SIMIO. The animations import, but the textures/skins do not? Any tips or pointers??? Update (3:35 PM): Dae format seems to work better. Sean
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    Nodes and Links

    It would be great to be able to "insert" a node into a link where the link would then be split into two new links and connected to the new node.
  11. For example, I have an order for something to be built. So this main order goes into a process. Then the main order generates a secondary order for something like a sub-assembly activity over there in that other area. The main order cannot proceed until the subassembly is built. Rather than use a separate to generate a copy and then join it back with the original product, I was wondering if this could be achieved by a wait step, where the original product waits until the secondary order is processed. When it is processed, it fires an event that lets the main order continue to the next activities, and so forth. The problem arises when I have multiple "main" orders. If more than one are waiting at the same wait step, all tokens will get released if we fire the event for which the tokens are waiting. All tokens do need to wait in the same spot, but they need to wait for entity/token-specific events.
  12. Can you allow the half-width on the mean value to be a response? I understand you can include the half-width on a replication mean, but not the half-width on the mean over all replications in a scenario (which is available in the pivot grid/response results tab). Also, could you implement a preprocessing step for scenarios that looks to see if all controls are set to the same value and automatically fill in the responses in duplicate rows. I am trying to do some experimentation with the number of replications. So for example, if I have three identical scenarios with 10,20,and 30 replications, you will repeat runs for a whole bunch of these replications. Really you should run just the one scenario with 30 replications and then only use subsets of the data to populate the other scenarios.
  13. Has anyone come up with a good solution for how to only release one token that is waiting at a wait step (and a specific token, not just the first waiting) when a waiting event is fired? Or other scale-able ways besides the wait step to achieve this behavior? A solution like creating a copy, doing some activities, and joining(combining) it back up with the original is conceptually what I'm going for, but the logic and amount of objects gets large when I do this many different times in the same model.
  14. Sorry for the big picture. Here is a better shot with explanation. You may actually have to stipulate that all secondary resource seizes are available for each seize you have listed.