Integrated Simulation Approach for Assessment of Performance in Construction Projects: a System-of-Systems Framework Jin Zhu, Ali Mostafavi. Winter Simulation Conference, 2014.

This research proposes and tests an integrated framework for bottom-up simulation of performance in construction projects. The proposed framework conceptualizes construction projects as systems-of-systems in which the abstraction and micro-simulation of dynamic behaviors are investigated at the base-level consisting of the following elements: human agents, information, and resources.
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Modeling Human Behavior – An (ID)entity Crisis? Sally C. Brailsford, University of Southampton. Winter Simulation Conference, 2014.

Agent-based modeling (ABM) has gained great popularity in recent years, especially in application areas where human behavior is important, because it opens up the possibility of capturing such behavior in great detail. Hybrid models which combine ABM with discrete-event simulation (DES) are particularly appealing in service industry applications.
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Generic Simulation Model to Optimize Production and Workforce Planning at an Automotive Suppplier Klaus Altendorfer, Thomas Felberbauer, Daniel Gruber, Alexander Hübl, Proceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference

This paper presents a comprehensive simulation project in the area of an automotive supplier. The company produces car styling serial and original accessory parts made from plastic for internal and external applications in passenger cars. For the foaming division, which is identified as the bottleneck, different personnel and qualification scenarios, set-up optimizations and lot-sizing strategies are compared with the current situation. Key performance measures reported are inventory, tardiness and service level. The changes in organizational costs (e.g. employee training, additional employees, etc.), due to the scenarios, are not considered and are traded off with the logistical potential by the company itself. Results of the simulation study indicate that a combination of an additional fitter during night shift, minor reductions of set-up times and reduced lot-sizes leads to an inventory reduction of ~10.6% and a service level improvement of ~8% compared to the current situation.
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