Skip main navigation

Hurry, only 2 days left to get one year of Unlimited learning for £249.99 £174.99. New subscribers only. T&Cs apply

Find out more

Advantages and disadvantages of simulation

Tim Williams-Wood, Chief of Digital Manufacturing at Rolls Royce, describes some of the benefits of using simulation and modelling.

In the video above, Tim Williams-Wood, Chief of Digital Manufacturing at Rolls Royce, describes some of the benefits of using simulation and modelling.

Advantages

  • Simulation allows you to explore ‘what if’ questions and scenarios without having to experiment on the system itself.

  • It helps you to identify bottlenecks in material, information and product flows.

  • It helps you to gain insight into which variables are most important to system performance.

Disadvantages

  • The quality of the analysis depends on the quality of the model and the skills of the modeller, who requires specialised training.

  • It’s a time-consuming and expensive process, so should not be used if an analytical method can provide quicker results.

Your task

Can you think of any other advantages and disadvantages that we have not mentioned above? Share them in the comments below.
This article is from the free online

Simulation for Logistics: An Introduction

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now