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Proceeding of the 2001 Winter Simulation Conference (Cat. No.01CH37304)

9-12 Dec. 2001

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  • Proceedings of the 2001 Winter Simulation Conference [front matter]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):i - xx
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  • Panel session: the future of simulation

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1453 - 1460
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  • Panel session- education for simulation practice-five perspectives

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1571 - 1579
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  • Author directory

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1643 - 1678
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1681 - 1685
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  • Practical approaches for validating a construction simulation

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1534 - 1540 vol.2
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    This paper presents three methods implemented in the activity-based construction modeling and simulation (ABC) system for validating a construction simulation. The first method reports a simulation experiment in chronological order so that the user can examine the operating sequence of the model. The second method provides the summary information of total operating counts and mean durations of all... View full abstract»

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  • Enabling smooth and scalable dynamic 3D visualization of discrete-event construction simulations

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1528 - 1533 vol.2
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    Visualizing simulated construction operations is an effective means of communicating the logic and the inner working of simulation models in a comprehensive and comprehendible manner. This can facilitate both model verification and validation and help establish credibility of simulation analyses. Due to the inherent working nature of discrete-event simulation systems, visualizing simulated operati... View full abstract»

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  • Simulation of production homebuilding using Simphony

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1521 - 1527 vol.2
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    Production homebuilders operate in a sale-driven environment characterized by a varying demand for homes that is at odds with the homebuilders' and their trade contractors' requirement for work flow consistency. This paper presents a simulation-based approach for studying the production flow issues that production homebuilders face. Seven scenarios, representing different practices and possibiliti... View full abstract»

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  • The use of simulation for process improvement at an ambulatory surgery center

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1401 - 1404 vol.2
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    The work presented has the objective of building a simulation model to evaluate different alternatives for operation of a projected center for ambulatory surgery. For the construction of the model, a group of pathologies was selected and real data was taken from statistics of surgeries from a clinical hospital. The information was supplemented by the opinion of medical surgeons and expert anesthes... View full abstract»

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  • Design, development and application of soil transition algorithms for tunneling using special purpose simulation

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1512 - 1520 vol.2
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    In tunnel construction, the vertical boreholes only show the soil types that are available in the borehole locations. The soil profiles between the boreholes are uncertain and assumed by practitioners for construction purposes. The productivity of the tunnel construction work is therefore affected by adverse soil conditions. The successful implementation of a special purpose tunneling simulation t... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching manufacturing systems simulation in a computer aided teaching studio

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1613 - 1618 vol.2
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    A computer aided teaching studio provides a unique environment for teaching an introductory simulation course to manufacturing engineers. Each meeting can consist of an appropriate combination of lecture and computer-based activities, depending on the topic. Assigned exercises aid students in learning methods. Emphasis can be placed on the solution of case problems that serve as metaphors for real... View full abstract»

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  • Simulation modeling at Union Pacific Railroad

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1048 - 1055 vol.2
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    Despite the potential, the use of simulation technology at US railroads appears to be lagging behind that in manufacturing and other transportation industries. This paper describes three recent experiences of applying simulation at Union Pacific Railroad: validation of yard-queuing data used in a railroad operations planning and control system, evaluation of work-rest patterns for scheduling train... View full abstract»

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  • A simulation study of the Labor and Delivery Rooms at JMH

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1392 - 1400 vol.2
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    The paper presents a simulation model of the operations in the Labor and Delivery Rooms at Jackson Memorial Hospital (USA). A thorough analysis of the contents of the hospital's databases revealed that although there is a significant amount of data, some of it is not usable. Nonetheless, with the available data, it was possible to establish relatively good inputs for the simulation model. Furtherm... View full abstract»

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  • Comparison of simulation modeling techniques that use preemption to capture design uncertainty

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1504 - 1511 vol.2
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    This paper describes a process, implemented using two simulation engines that adopt, respectively, the event scheduling paradigm and the activity scanning paradigm. The process being modeled is design development in an unpredictable environment. Unpredictability means that criteria are prone to change during design, thereby interrupting ongoing work and causing design iteration. Probability densit... View full abstract»

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  • Designing the support logistics for the FAA ACE-IDS system

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1117 - 1122 vol.2
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    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is beginning to field the Automated Surface Observing System Controller Equipment-Information Display System (ACE-IDS) and required a study on the service logistics for the system. The ACE-IDS is a combination of commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) and custom built hardware and software components interfaced with existing FAA and National Weather Service (NWS)... View full abstract»

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  • Genisa: a web-based interactive learning environment for teaching simulation modelling

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1605 - 1612 vol.2
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    Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) provide students with adaptive instruction and can facilitate the acquisition of problem solving skills in an interactive environment. This paper discusses the role of pedagogical strategies that have been implemented to facilitate the development of simulation modelling knowledge. The learning environment integrates case-based reasoning with interactive tools to... View full abstract»

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  • Simone: Large scale train network simulations

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1042 - 1047 vol.2
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    This paper describes the architecture and potentials of Simone. Simone is a simulation environment to generate, simulate and analyze complex and large scale train networks. The purpose of Simone is to (1) assess the robustness of timetables; (2) determine the stability of the network; analyze causes and effects of delays; (3) improve timetables, by determining the relations between design standard... View full abstract»

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  • A discrete-event simulation application for clinics serving the poor

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1386 - 1391 vol.2
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    Healthcare management operates in an environment of aggressive pricing, tough competition, and rapidly changing guidelines. Computer simulation models are increasingly used by large healthcare institutions to meet these challenges. However, small healthcare facilities serving the poor are equally in need of meeting these challenges but lack the finances and personnel required to develop and implem... View full abstract»

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  • Simulation of bored pile construction

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1495 - 1503 vol.2
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    The installation of pile foundations is complicated by an enormous number of problems. They include unseen subsurface obstacles, lack of contractor experience, and site planning. These major problems and other minor ones make it difficult for the estimator to evaluate the piling project productivity and cost. Therefore, this study is designed to assess these problems using simulation. Both piling ... View full abstract»

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  • Experiences parallelizing a commercial network simulator

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1353 - 1360 vol.2
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    Most current approaches of parallel simulation focus on building new parallel simulation engines that require the development of new models and software. An alternate, emerging approach is to extend sequential simulators to execute on parallel computers. We describe a methodology for realizing parallel simulations in this manner. This work is specifically concerned with parallelization of commerci... View full abstract»

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  • Simulation and analysis of dealers' returns distribution strategy

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1109 - 1116 vol.2
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    Due to high demand uncertainty, excess inventory has been a key issue in inventory control. Caterpillar developed the dealers' parts inventory sharing (DPIS) and returns programs to help dealers cope with excess inventory. However, historical data show that the current returns policy has been very costly to Caterpillar due to the distribution strategy. In this project, we develop alternative retur... View full abstract»

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  • Why we need to offer a modeling and simulation engineering curriculum

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1599 - 1604 vol.2
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    This paper describes some identifiable trends in the manufacturing industry regarding the increased use of simulation tools, especially by small- to medium-sized companies. These trends have resulted in the need for a new type of engineer, namely simulation engineer. This need prompted the University of Skovde to develop a B.Sc. simulation engineering study program. The contents and layout of the ... View full abstract»

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  • Scheduling setup changes at bottleneck facilities in semiconductor manufacturing

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1208 - 1214 vol.2
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    In this paper, a scheduling heuristic was developed to aid the operators in semiconductor fabs in choosing what type of lots to process next on bottleneck facilities and whether to change machine setup in order to reduce cycle time. The scheduling heuristic aims at balancing workload levels for implanters processing lots at different stages of the wafer production lifecycle. This is accomplished b... View full abstract»

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  • The use of simulation to calculate the labor requirements in an intermodal rail terminal

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1038 - 1041 vol.2
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    An intermodal rail terminal is a facility where the transfer of cargo occurs between truck and rail. The operations within these terminals involve many resources and operating rules. The ability of a terminal to respond to activity peaks that occur as a result of train arrivals and departures is critical. In order to explore how operations can be improved given the dynamics of resource and demand ... View full abstract»

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  • A crowd of Little Man Computers: visual computer simulator teaching tools

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):1632 - 1639 vol.2
    Cited by:  Papers (2)  |  Patents (1)
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    This paper describes the use of a particular type of computer simulator as a tool for teaching computer architecture. The Little Man Computer (LMC) paradigm was developed by Stuart Madnick of MIT in the 1960s and has stood the test of time as a conceptual device that helps students understand the basics of how a computer works. With the success of the LMC paradigm, LMC simulators have also prolife... View full abstract»

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