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2015 Conference of the System Dynamics Society 23.07.2015 Rene Reiter

The annual System Dynamics conference brings together people from around the world to share important research and application results and to build the community of those active in the field. The 2015 conference theme is “Reinventing Life on a Shrinking Earth.” While Earth has not changed size in absolute terms, it is shrinking with respect to the activity it supports. Complex business and societal challenges have arisen from the increasing activity on the globe that conventional institutional designs have failed to address. System Dynamics uniquely provides a strategic framework to explore the challenges of a shrinking Earth, giving a greater understanding and exposing counter-intuitive insights that allow us to reinvent our institutions and our lives. The program includes plenary presentations that showcase important work in the field, parallel and poster sessions that present the most current research and applications, and a full day of skill-building workshops covering topics from basic software use to advanced analysis techniques.
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Increasing Rail Capacity Utilization in Port of Hamburg 14.07.2015 Rene Reiter

Over ninety percent of the world’s trade containerized, and in the Port of Hamburg in Germany over nine million containers are transshipped every year. Till now the early provision of information for both the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of vessels and containers is not established. Containers are offloaded and stored at terminals, and then they are usually sent by ground transportation to their further destinations. This hinterland part of the supply chain can often become a bottleneck because if a deep-sea vessel gets delayed, it can complicate further shipment processes. Furthermore, the terminal has no information about the hinterland mode selected or the time of off-loading a certain container (first or last).
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Learning Simulation for Healthcare: Videos, Slides, and Example Models 09.07.2015 Stepan Egorov

Do you apply simulation modeling in healthcare, or interested in learning more? Dr. Nathaniel Osgood, Associate Professor at University of Saskatchewan, has provided a series of video lectures, step-by-step tutorials, and example models that demonstrate how-to build multimethod, or hybrid simulation models. These models are utilized to solve problems in the area of health research. Dr. Osgood focused his materials on multimethod model-building because he believes it can provide greater capacity to respond to a modeler’s intention, and is capable of more precisely addressing various research questions. As a result, AnyLogic is his simulation software of choice. [...]
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Delivery Fleet Optimization Webinar Follow-up Materials 06.07.2015 Rene Reiter

Thank you for registering and attending the AnyLogic "Delivery Fleet Optimization with GIS" webinar on May 28th. We hope the webinar was interesting to you and met your expectations. For your convenience, the recorded webinar is available on the Educational Videos page of AnyLogic.com. The goal of AnyLogic and your webinar moderator, Tom Baggio, Sr. Solutions Architect at AnyLogic North America was to expand your knowledge of AnyLogic capabilities, functions and features. Please share your thoughts by completing this short survey. [...]
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Test AL 7.2 Beta 02.07.2015 Rene Reiter

We are excited to announce the beta version release of AnyLogic 7.2. Your evaluation and testing of the beta version is appreciated, and your comments and suggestions are welcome. Please report bugs and problems you encounter to support@anylogic.com. The final version will be release next month. What’s new in AnyLogic 7.2?
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Disruptive Technology Change in Distribution Center Automation 25.06.2015 Rene Reiter

There has been a dramatic increase in investment by both venture capital and strategic investors in new robotics technologies for supply chain automation. These investments have been driven by rapid changes in expectations for consistent, fast, flexible consumer experience across all channels. Traditionally, automation and associate order fulfillment software has been optimized around a limited set of products (or SKU’s) and for the requirements and constraints of a specific channel between manufacturer and consumer. This may result in different, and potentially incompatible technical solutions being implemented at the same distribution center. The new expectation is that the retailer provide a consistent, and hopefully superior, consumer experience, regardless of which channel is most convenient for the consumer to use. [...]
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Artificial Glaciers and AnyLogic Fight Against the Climate Change 18.06.2015 Stepan Egorov

Ladakh region, located in the north of India. It is unique by its climate where Arctic and desert conditions meet, and temperatures range from -35 °C in winter to 35 °C in summer. In the remote mountain parts of the land, agriculture is the core of the economy. Local farmers have been using water from glaciers for farming for centuries. Today, the global climate change has put the agriculture in danger: due to the global warming, the glaciers provide not enough water for irrigation during the most critical spring months. In January 2014, students and teachers from the local SECMOL school campus started working on the project called Ice Stupa. These are artificial glaciers named after traditional Buddhist stupas of Tibet because if the visual resemblance. [...]
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WinterSim Conference 2015, Now Accepting Case Study Submissions 15.06.2015 Rene Reiter

Calling all Simulation Professionals - WSC 15 is now accepting Case Study Track submissions! This is an opportunity for professionals across all industries to share their innovative solutions using AnyLogic simulation and modeling software. Are you a thought-leader involved in the simulation profession or who use simulation to solve complex business problems in your organization? Submit your case, represent the AnyLogic community, and join over 800 international attendees at the WinterSim Conference in Huntington Beach, California on Dec 6-9th, 2015.
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Save the Date! AnyLogic Conference 2015 November 4th and 5th, Philadelphia, PA 11.06.2015 Rene Reiter

The fourth annual AnyLogic Conference will continue to prove the power of collaboration, not only with the AnyLogic team, but other experienced model developers. Don’t miss the opportunity to see how AnyLogic is being applied across multiple industries, experience innovative ideas and expand your vision of AnyLogic software. For your convenience, the two day event falls directly after the INFORMS Annual Meeting. INFORMS attendees should plan to stay Wednesday evening and join us for Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning presentations. The Conference will be held in the Trumbauer Ballroom of Le Meridien Philadelphia Hotel. The hotel is less than a half mile from the INFORMS venue. In addition to the Conference presentations and multiple networking events, the AnyLogic Conference will offer an optional training course Wednesday morning prior to Conference registration and presentation proceedings. [...]
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Quick Win for Negotiating with Supplier Using Simulation Results 08.06.2015 Rene Reiter

Equipment part breakdown in the Intel factories, as in many factories is inevitable. These failures typically cause capacity constraints and ultimatley cost the corporation time and money. Equipment parts can be repaired locally or may require shipping to the vendor for repair. Since the repair loop takes significant time, it is necessary to have extra spare parts on-hand to keep the equipment running while broken parts are repaired. It is pertinent to avoid overbuying of the spare parts, as they are very expensive. Intel needed a model of the repair loop to increase the visibility of problems such as broken parts accumulating at the vendor repair center and sites over purchasing spare parts. At the AnyLogic Conference 2014, Victor Chang, Software Engineer at Intel presents an AnyLogic simulation that was developed to model the complexities and variability [...]
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Provider Payment Reform to Reduce Rates of Cesarean Delivery 04.06.2015 Rene Reiter

“Cesarean delivery” is a method of childbirth in which a surgeon cuts through the pregnant woman’s abdomen and uterus to deliver the baby. The more natural method of childbirth is called “vaginal delivery”, in which the baby leaves the mother’s uterus through her vaginal canal. Ideally, cesarean delivery would only be used when vaginal delivery would endanger the life or health of the child or mother, because cesarean delivery involves major abdominal surgery that is accompanied by much greater risks for both mother and child than vaginal delivery. Cesarean delivery also costs about 50 percent more. Over the last 40 years, the U.S. rate of cesarean delivery has increased dramatically. [...]
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Modeling Healthcare at Different Abstraction Levels 02.06.2015 Stepan Egorov

There are many cases of simulation modeling in healthcare. Application areas can vary, from process optimization in hospitals to macrolevel agent-based epidemiology models. Due to its multimethod nature, AnyLogic allows models to be built at various abstraction levels. A good illustration of how researchers and consultants can apply the same tool to different problems is the three models built by the Stockholm County Health Administration in Sweden. The models included macro, meso, and micro abstraction level applications in healthcare simulation. The microlevel model simulated the maternity ward in a hospital that was currently under construction. The purpose of the model was to support discussions related to which resources, capacity, and work methods were required in the new ward. One relevant discussion was whether to keep mother and child in the same room during their entire stay or to have dedicated rooms for antenatal care, delivery, and postnatal care. [...]
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