Supply Networks Simulation
|Module Convenor: Mike Byrne|
- Introduction: systems and modelling.
- The simulation approach.
- Modelling and simulation of supply networks and in-company logistics.
- Discrete event simulation.
- Computer simulation and software.
- Random sampling, experimental design & interpretation of results.
- Continuous system simulation.
- Hands on work with ARENA, and associated assessed exercise
Simulation is an important tool for aiding the design and management of operations in manufacturing and service industries. It is particularly applicable to the design, coordination and management of complex supply networks. The module introduces the principles, roles and practice of modelling in general, of simulation in particular, and their application for modelling of supply networks and in-company logistics. The mechanics of simulation, the conduct of a simulation study, and the software available will all be covered. A hands-on exercise demonstrates the use of a particular software package and its application in a practical context.
Examination (2 hours and 15 minutes reading time) (60%); Group project. Development of and experimentation with a computer simulation model (40%)