Simulation Conference Proceedings, 1999 Winter

5-8 Dec. 1999

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  • WSC'99. 1999 Winter Simulation Conference Proceedings. 'Simulation - A Bridge to the Future' (Cat. No.99CH37038)

    Publication Year: 1999
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  • The nexus of simulation with command and control: what each community can offer the other

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Summary form only given, as follows. Along with the expansion of core simulation technology over the past few years there has also been an expansion in both the number of people in nonsimulation-oriented communities that are "simulation-aware" and the ability of the this technology to support new fields of endeavor beyond the well-recognized ones of training and requirements analysis. During this ... View full abstract»

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  • What does industry need from simulation vendors in Y2k and after? a panel discussion

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1501 - 1508
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    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1709 - 1713
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  • A case study in the quantification of a change in the conditions of a highway construction operation

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1007 - 1009 vol.2
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    Changes in the conditions under which construction operations take place disrupt projects and can have severe construction cost impacts that must be quantified. This paper presents a case study in which discrete-event simulation was used to quantify the impacts of a change in a highway construction project View full abstract»

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  • Simphony: an environment for building special purpose construction simulation tools

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):998 - 1006 vol.2
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    Special-purpose simulation (SPS) is a proven principle that can lead to the effective transfer of simulation knowledge to the construction industry. Three separate industry experiments have led to the identification of a set of requirements that construction SPS tools should adhere to in order to be successful. This set of requirements was then used in the implementation of a computer system calle... View full abstract»

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  • Iconic animation of construction simulation

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):992 - 997 vol.2
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    Presents a continuous research effort concerning the animation function in the development of the Activity-Based Construction (ABC) modeling and simulation system. ABC animation uses the constructed ABC simulation model as the animation background, and pre-created images of the simulation entities move around along individual execution paths on the ABC model. A library of icons consisting of commo... View full abstract»

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  • Java-based simulation of construction processes using Silk

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):985 - 991 vol.2
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    The modeling and analysis of construction processes is gaining recognition in the construction industry. Recent developments, such as object-oriented modeling, Petri net-based simulation and construction project-level simulation, are being adopted by researchers in the field of construction simulation. This paper describes one such recent development. It highlights the work performed by the author... View full abstract»

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  • Travel-time simulation to locate and staff temporary facilities under changing construction demand

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):978 - 984 vol.2
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    Temporary facilities on construction sites are needed to support the labor force during the course of their work. Rules of thumb have traditionally been used to decide on the location and capacity of those facilities, but the demand for support is project-dependent and changes as the construction progresses at a rate specific to each trade discipline. This paper presents a more systematic method f... View full abstract»

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  • The benefits of simulation modeling in medical planning and medical design

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1564 - 1567 vol.2
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    Architecture, medical planning and the actual physical implementation of the facilities where care is rendered is often a source of great trepidation on the part of those who actually render care. Mistakes in this arena are very expensive and can hamper operations for years to come. Simulation is a tool that, though rarely used, can be very valuable in helping to generate correct architectural dec... View full abstract»

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  • The application of system dynamics (SD) simulation to enterprise management

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1496 - 1500 vol.2
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    The paper presents the background and some of the lessons learned from a project in which system dynamics (SD) simulation was applied in the enterprise environment. The organization simulated is a large commercial concern, developing and marketing new products as well as existing products in a highly competitive environment. SD simulation was used to examine business practices, validate corporate ... View full abstract»

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  • Product-based model representation for integrating 3D CAD with computer simulation

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):971 - 977 vol.2
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    Computer-aided design (CAD) is widely used during the engineering design stage of construction projects. CAD generally contains a wealth of information regarding the facility to be constructed; this information can be effectively used for construction decision-making. This paper undertakes an investigation of the possibility of using a “product-based” model representation for integrati... View full abstract»

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  • Simulating outpatient obstetrical clinics

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1557 - 1563 vol.2
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    Computer simulation is a useful tool for addressing resource allocation problems in outpatient obstetrical clinics. We present a general framework for modeling such clinics for the purpose of exploring questions related to demand, appointment scheduling, exam room allocation, patient flow patterns and staffing. Modeling challenges are identified and solutions suggested. Examples from a project com... View full abstract»

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  • A global synchronization network for a non-deterministic simulation architecture

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1460 - 1469 vol.2
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    Our previous work presented methods of accelerating nondeterministic discrete event simulation at the processing element level. Here, two algorithms are proposed for synchronizing a network of processing elements according to the next network minimum event timestamp. One method has an expected running time of O(k) while the second has an expected running time of O(k log(k)). A network architecture... View full abstract»

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  • Modeling leadership effects and recruit type in an army recruiting station

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1059 - 1064 vol.2
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    Army recruiters have an uphill battle recruiting well-qualified volunteers into military service. With prospering economy, there are many alternatives to joining the military, and all services are having difficulty recruiting young people. United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) sponsored our research in simulating the workings of an Army recruiting station in an effort to help understand m... View full abstract»

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  • Applications for enterprise simulation

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1490 - 1495 vol.2
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    The purpose of the paper is to describe several recent applications of enterprise simulation. An enterprise simulation is a simulation which is constructed with a top-down view of a business enterprise and which is intended to serve as a decision support tool for decision makers. Examples are taken from the domain areas of transportation, urban operations, supply chain management, entertainment, a... View full abstract»

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  • Process and material handling models integration

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1262 - 1267 vol.2
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    AutoSimulations has developed and applied a new method of integrating separate models of manufacturing process and material handling systems that exploits the strengths of two different products to provide users with maximum productivity and flexibility. As applied to semiconductor wafer fabrication facilities in the examples presented, this approach replaces the traditional method of building a s... View full abstract»

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  • Analysis and simulation of passenger flows in an airport terminal

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1226 - 1231 vol.2
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    As human behavior is often thought to be hard to define in models, simulations of processes with people involved are less common than industrial simulations. Nevertheless simulation has been very valuable in passenger logistics to study bottlenecks and test potential solutions. This paper describes a project concerning the analysis and redesign of passenger handling at an airport, in which dynamic... View full abstract»

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  • Who serves whom? Dynamic resource matching in an activity-scanning simulation system

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):963 - 970 vol.2
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    Presents an activity-scanning simulation model for the familiar barbershop problem where customers have favorite barbers, barbers may not show up for work, and customers may get impatient and leave. This example illustrates the mechanisms for matching customers to barbers or barbers to customers, and argues that either approach may be implemented in an activity scanning system without altering the... View full abstract»

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  • GERMS: an epidemiologic simulation tool for studying geographic and social effects on infection transmission

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1549 - 1556 vol.2
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    The analysis, surveillance and control of infectious diseases are important functions of public health organizations around the world. This article describes the design and implementation of a simulation toolkit called GERMS (Geographic-Environmental Reinfection Modeling Simulator) that includes several innovations for modeling infectious disease transmission. These tools address several important... View full abstract»

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  • VRML for urban visualization

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1454 - 1459 vol.2
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    A virtual reality modeling language (VRML) based application has been developed as a marketing tool for a commercial park. VRML is a new Web based technology for specifying and delivering three-dimensional interactive visualizations over the Internet through a Web browser. As a part of its definition, VRML includes primitives that specify geometries, sense different conditions in in the visualizat... View full abstract»

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  • Distributed real-time simulation for intruder detection system analysis

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1168 - 1173 vol.2
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    The paper describes a distributed simulation system developed for evaluation of physical security systems. The work extends previous work by extracting several system components that were previously integrated into the simulation model and creating distributed modules that interact directly with the system database. This allows the modules to incorporate arbitrarily complex logic and to be develop... View full abstract»

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  • OOTW impact analysis [military simulation]

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1050 - 1058 vol.2
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    The conduct of Operations Other Than War (OOTWs) has become an extremely important part of the US military's responsibility since the end of the Cold War. The factors that influence success and failure in OOTWs are economic, political, sociological, cultural, and psychological factors more often than they are military factors. The paper explores the need for impact analysis support tools, provides... View full abstract»

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  • Enterprise simulations: theoretical foundations and a practical perspective

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1485 - 1489 vol.2
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    Simulating business enterprises is the next major application approach to using simulation technology effectively. Although the term enterprise simulation or something similar is being used with ever-increasing frequency, the field lacks a clear definition and discussion of the theoretical basis for what is meant by the term. The author offers his concepts and ideas of how we encapsulate this noti... View full abstract»

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  • Evaluating strategies to improve railroad performance-a system dynamics approach

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1186 - 1193 vol.2
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    Describes the context for and creation of a strategic planning model of a major US railway. The key factors in choosing a system dynamics approach are presented, and the synergy between the new model and the existing suite of planning applications is highlighted. The overall structure of the model is reviewed, including the key reinforcing and balancing loops, and model creation issues, such as le... View full abstract»

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