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Lockheed Martin - Improving Military Aircraft Turnaround Process


Lockheed Martin - Improving Military Aircraft Turnaround Process

The military aircraft maintenance turnaround process is highly complex and includes multiple interacting and parallel workflows between humans and machines. Lockheed Martin, one of the largest companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry sought to improve decision-making in regards to the complete turnaround process and to identify process changes that could be implemented to reduce turnaround time. There are two distinct features unique to the project. One being the use of AnyLogic to model people, machines and workstations, and how they interact, which identified previously unknown workflow peculiarities. The second, a portable Android tablet application developed and tested by the team for workflow authoring and data collection that provided the input data to the process simulation model.

Dimensioning of Bike Sharing Systems in the City of Leon, Guanajuato, MX


Dimensioning of Bike Sharing Systems in the City of Leon, Guanajuato, MX

A smart bike sharing system can provide fast and easy access to public transportation where short trips are common for a large portion of the population. Urban planning officials in the City of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico believe the socioeconomic conditions along with its societies adherence to this mode of transportation combined with the urban trace and physical conditions encourage the adoption of a bike sharing system. The City of Leon contracted Karla Margarita Gamez Pérez, Eleazar Puente Rivera, and her team from The University of Monterrey to research the possibility of a bike sharing system prior to implementation. Karla’s team chose AnyLogic Software for simulation modeling to carry out the design and dimensioning of the system.

Beyond Marketing-Mix Models


Beyond Marketing-Mix Models

A multi-national pharmaceutical company recently launched a new non-generic drug. Since the company already owned the leading non-generic drug in that market, cannibalization was a concern. The goal was to create market share for the new drug, while maintaining or increasing market share for the well-established drug by modifying types of promotional spend. Traditionally, the Analytics Department would employ a Marketing-Mix Model (MMM) to determine the impact of promotional spend, but the company was looking for further insight into the mechanics behind the MMM. After exploring multiple options, they determined agent-based modeling, and ultimately AnyLogic would allow for the greatest flexibility and visualization.

Using Simulation to Tackle Added Constraints on a Complex Earthmoving and Construction Project


Using Simulation to Tackle Added Constraints on a Complex Earthmoving and Construction Project

Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) is the largest construction company in the Middle East and ranks #18 internationally. Its portfolio includes oil and gas plants, refineries and petrochemical facilities, pipelines, power and desalination plants, light industries, water and sewage treatment plants, airports and seaports, heavy civil works, dams, reservoirs and distribution systems, road networks and skyscrapers. CCT International (CCT) is the primary technology provider for CCC since 1998. CCT also develops and markets solutions for the construction industry with clients all over the world.

Road Traffic Simulation for City Planning: New AnyLogic Library in Action!


Road Traffic Simulation for City Planning: New AnyLogic Library in Action!

When planning new transfer hubs, developers need to verify the stations would provide expected passenger capacity, while city authorities have to learn how building a station would affect traffic in the area and public transfer load. Simulation modeling is a perfect instrument for solving such challenges. We covered, in a past blog, one of the models built for the Moscow Ring Railway project, passenger flow simulation at Cherkizovo transfer hub, where a station layout was tested at peak passenger loads. The project we are going to discuss today is another model of Moscow public transport system. We will talk about automobile traffic flow research at the transport hub of Volokolamskaya, done by ITS Consulting.

Warehouse Modeling and Optimization Saves Millions for Cardinal Health


Warehouse Modeling and Optimization Saves Millions for Cardinal Health

Being #26 in last years’ Fortune 500 list, Cardinal Health is a billion dollar pharmaceutical distribution and logistics company. Its clients are hospitals, pharmacies, physicians, and individual consumers. They face a multitude of typical distribution warehouse challenges that are further complicated by the nature of pharmaceutical products, which are smaller in size, consumable, expensive, and could be life critical. Company’s warehouses have narrow passages, and workers operate big multilevel trolleys. That increases the probability of employees’ mistakes and makes these mistakes costly.

Automated Production Line Optimization: Case Study


Automated Production Line Optimization: Case Study

Centrotherm Photovoltaics AG is a global supplier of technology and equipment for the photovoltaics, semiconductor, and microelectronics industries. The company needed to identify the best configuration of the automated production line and factory, to minimize costs and maximize throughput and reliability. Throughput and equipment utilization rate metrics were utilized to compare alternatives. Centrotherm needed to avoid possible bottlenecks in the material flow and optimize in-factory logistics. Also, management required taking into account casualties and stochasticity, for instance, the probability of scrap or how the factory would operate in case of equipment breakdowns.

IBM Project Published in Journal of Medical Systems and Recognized by the United States House of Representatives


IBM Project Published in Journal of Medical Systems and Recognized by the United States House of Representatives

At the AnyLogic Conference 2014, Kyle Johnson, Global Business Services in Advanced Analytics and Optimization at IBM partnered with Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, presented a “Multi-Agent-Based Simulation of a Complex Ecosystem of Mental Health Care.” To date, the research paper was published in the Journal of Medical Systems and received the attention of the United States House of Representatives [1]. The project revolves around the housing cycle of the United State’s Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI). An SPMI patient defines someone with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, or Major Depressive Disorder, and this group constitutes about 1.7% of the US population. To better understand the condition and possible improvements, IBM Global Research and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals used an agent-based approach to model the SPMI living situations over the second half of the 20th century.

Applying Simulation to the Oil and Gas Industry


Applying Simulation to the Oil and Gas Industry

For any industry, adopting new technology can be costly both in time, and money. As most of you know, adopting simulation modeling is the way around making costly unnecessary changes and depleting human resources. New to the simulation and modeling concept as a decision-making and problem-solving tool, is the oil & gas industry. Alvaro Gil from Steam Systems Ltd. guides us through the implementation of simulation modeling, the data behind the models, bumps in the road, and ultimately the return on investment. Utilizing simulation and modeling to address oil & gas industry challenges, Stream Systems helps clients realize billions of dollars in cost-savings.

WinterSim Conference 2015, Now Accepting Case Study Submissions


WinterSim Conference 2015, Now Accepting Case Study Submissions

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.