AnyLogic 8.7 release: Social Distancing, Overhead Cranes, and AI Experiment

We have released AnyLogic 8.7 - a new version of the most popular simulation tool for business. You can already download it from our website or from within the application. If you have a permanent commercial license for AnyLogic and your support period has expired, you need to renew it before you can update.

In this release, we have expanded the capabilities of the specialized libraries, improved animation, and introduced support for experiments with AI-powered models:

  • Improved overhead cranes. Starting with AnyLogic 8.5.2, users could simulate the operation of overhead cranes. Now, the number of bridges is configurable for these cranes and you can set the required number bridge of spans. This type of crane, like others, works automatically and sequences movements by itself. For advanced use cases however, crane movement can now be controlled by API.

  • Pedestrian areas with restrictions on capacity, throughput and other conditions. For example, you can simulate a supermarket where, due to COVID-19 measures, no more than 100 people can be inside at the same time. Alternatively, you can simulate building evacuations: restricting access in case of fire and opening emergency exits.

  • Social distancing for pedestrians. Pedestrians can now be subject to social distancing rules and, as in real life, they will try to abide by them. This is another innovation that will help simulate COVID-19 restrictions.
  • New integrated AI experiment for working with AI models on Microsoft's Bonsai platform. If you make use of the Bonsai platform, you can now more easily and quickly connect a model to the platform and train AI algorithms based on data from simulations.

    AnyLogic is the only multimethod simulation software that supports the integration of models with AI algorithms. Read in more detail about using simulation models to train artificial intelligence with Bonsai in our blog. We will soon release an article on how to use the new experiment, don't miss it!

  • Automatic creation of building models from CAD drawings. [Not PLE] For CAD files, elements from 2D drawings can now be converted into walls for simulated buildings. AnyLogic's built-in converter recognizes the elements in a drawing, so you only need to choose which to represent as walls in the model. The new version of AnyLogic supports CAD drawings in .dxf (including versions older than 2010) and .dwg formats.

And, as with every release, we have improved 2D and 3D animation so that they work faster and more smoothly, this release is no exception.

More details about how the innovations work can be found in AnyLogic Help — What's New. And to see the full history of changes, you can view the change log.

Start using AnyLogic 8.7 today, get the download and try the new features! If you already have AnyLogic installed, you can update more conveniently and quickly by checking for updates directly in the program.

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