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Simulation steps

As we’ve mentioned, simulation is used to better understand, make improvements to, or to design new logistics systems.

When simulation is part of a process that’s trying to solve a problem or prove or disprove a hypothesis, it’s generally referred to as a simulation project consisting of the following steps:

  1. Define the problem

  2. To model the (x) in order to achieve (y) is a goal

  3. Specify which approach can be used in your simulation

  4. Identify means to carry out your simulation

  5. Produce a conceptual model of the system

  6. Collect the necessary input data

  7. Check if we asked the ‘right’ questions (verification)

  8. Check if we got the ‘right’ answers (validation)

  9. Develop a plan for statistical output analysis

  10. Provide adequate and on-going documentation

  11. Take action

You might go through all of these or skip certain ones depending on the nature of the problem or the project requirements.

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Simulation for Logistics: An Introduction

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