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Outpatient Appointment Scheduling 08.03.2017 Rene Reiter

Indiana University Health Arnett (IUHA) is an integrated healthcare system which consists of a full service acute care hospital and a multispecialty clinic with approximately 200 providers at numerous locations. In the past, provider schedules were driven by individual preference which led to increased variation in scheduling rules that failed to meet employer or patient expectations. To better serve patients and maintain provider approval, IUHA sought to develop a scheduling methodology that provides same day access for a designated patient population while allowing acceptable access to the remaining patient population.
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Beyond Market Mix Models 28.02.2017 Rene Reiter

Traditional Marketing Mix models attempt to explore the tradeoffs amongst different marketing channels and the spends associated with them. The weaknesses of these models are, generally, their static nature and the restrictive assumptions required to apply their results. For these reasons, an American pharmaceutical company, one of the largest in the world, engaged with Sterling Simulation to explore the benefits of agent-based modeling, prior to launching a new product. The use-case was presented by Scott Hebert, Vice President of Sterling Simulation at the AnyLogic Conference 2015.[...]
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Creating a Personalized Experience at Athens’ Benaki Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibit 15.02.2017 Rene Reiter

The setup, or staging of an art exhibition requires significant time, collaboration, and conceptualization. The Ametria project completed by Luigi Manca and Roberto Grugni, Partners at Fair Dynamics Consulting in Milan, Italy deals with the staging of a contemporary art exhibition held at the Athens’ Benaki Museum. The general purpose of the exhibition was to set-up something original and astonishing, a maze-like area able to affect visitor’s mood, steering their feelings to create an entirely personal experience.
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How Simulating Hospital Systems May Improve Care 09.02.2017 Rene Reiter

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is well known as one the best places in the world for a child to come and get medical care. Less known, is the behind-the-scenes work of Dr. T. Eugene Day, Program Manager for Health Systems in the Office of Safety and Medical Operations to improve quality, safety, and overall patient care. Like many hospitals, CHOP is met with a multitude of challenges beyond the daily task of performing life-saving procedures and providing care for patients. Dr. Day utilizes simulation modeling with AnyLogic software to identify opportunities and aid planning for systemic improvements versus typical approaches.
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Sign Up for AnyLogic 8 Cloud Beta Testing 07.02.2017 Rene Reiter

AnyLogic 8 "Cloud" is a new way to run, deliver, and share your simulations! The AnyLogic Company is interested in your feedback and welcomes beginner, intermediate and advanced users to sign up for Beta testing. We appreciate your help in continuing to develop a superior product and the market leader in simulation and modeling technology. The AnyLogic 8 "Cloud" release date is planned for April of 2017.
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Modeling Intelligent Energy Systems for Cities and Regions 03.02.2017 Rene Reiter

As the hubs of economic activity, cities drive the vast majority of the world’s energy use and are major contributors to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Nowadays, roughly half of the world’s population is living in urban areas, and this share is increasing over time, projected to reach 60% by 2030. Cities are responsible for the largest consumption of energy resources worldwide – between 60 to 80% – and account for a roughly equal share of global CO2 emissions. The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) is a European economic interest group whose mission is to develop know-how and innovative solutions and products for the management of energy and related economic and environmental questions. Dr. Enrique Kremers from EIFER evaluates energy policies and their impact on reducing energy consumption to improve energy efficiency.
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Senior Executive Decision Support Tool at USAA 18.01.2017 Rene Reiter

The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is a Fortune 500 Company offering diversified financial services and insurance to people and families that serve or have served in the United States Military. With nearly 12 million members and various services, it is imperative that USAA’s business initiatives with strategic objectives of the enterprise are aligned. To accomplish this alignment, USAA combines advanced analytics, simulation methods, and enterprise architecture concepts to create dynamic and systemic models of the enterprise. A major catalyst in these efforts is Dr. Bipin Chadha, Data Scientist at USAA who has developed several decision support models for strategic planning, capability roadmaps, operational risk analysis, capacity planning and scheduling, and portfolio optimization.
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How Fruit of the Loom Saved 20% on Shipping Cost 05.01.2017 Rene Reiter

Fruit of the Loom (FOTL), one of the largest US apparel manufacturers was expanding its product line in early 2014 and faced the decision to add a new distribution center (DC) or to redistribute products to a pre-existing DC. To identify the benefits of each option in terms of cost and supply chain optimization, Fruit of the Loom required greater visualization than typical supply chain management tools could offer.
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Simulation Modelers Vote for AnyLogic as the Best Simulation Software 29.12.2016 Rene Reiter

Today, more than a quarter of simulation professionals worldwide choose AnyLogic as the best simulation software tool for business applications, according to the market share analysis we recently conducted. There is no official research on the size of the market and the market shares of simulation tools, and software companies’ revenue numbers are not public. Nevertheless, we can use indirect data to make estimations. [...]
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Lockheed Martin - Improving Military Aircraft Turnaround Process 09.12.2016 Rene Reiter

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.
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Dimensioning of Bike Sharing Systems in the City of Leon, Guanajuato, MX 01.12.2016 Rene Reiter

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.
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Professor Jay W. Forrester 22.11.2016 Rene Reiter

Jay W. Forrester SM ’45, professor emeritus in the MIT Sloan School of Management, founder of the field of system dynamics, and a pioneer of digital computing, died Nov. 16. He was 98 (1). Forrester received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1939 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, was inducted in 1949 into Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) the Electrical & Computer Engineering Honor Society, and went on to graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he would spend his entire career. During the 1940s and early 50s, he did research in electrical and computer engineering, heading the Whirlwind project, perfecting magnetic-core memory, and developing the "multi-coordinate digital information storage device" [...]
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AnyLogic in Beijing 16.11.2016 Sergey Suslov

A two day conference of AnyLogic users took place in Beijing. It welcomed 50 representatives from Chinese and international companies. With their own models, they demonstrated how to handle business issues using the AnyLogic simulation tool. Along with Alena Beloshapko, we showcased Russian and international simulation modeling projects for transportation, manufacturing, logistics, and pedestrian traffic. At the workshops, conference participants learned more about new AnyLogic libraries for various business areas. [...]
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AnyLogic Conference Agenda 11.11.2016 Rene Reiter

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Paradigm-Free Modeling 02.11.2016 Rene Reiter

Are you just becoming familiar with Multimethod or Hybrid Modeling? A long-time AnyLogic software modeler, Dr. Benjamin Schumann from decisionLab would like to introduce you to the notion of “paradigm-free modeling”; modeling without the limitations of a specific language such as DE, SD or AB. Dr. Schumann elaborated on this concept in a recent blog post where he discussed the future of modeling, suggesting a new mentality is required for simulation modeling to become truly mainstream. Dr. Schumann came across the idea of paradigm-free modeling through Stefan Bengtsson, a very experienced modeler from Sweden who has represented multiple commercial and academic organizations. Some examples of his work: System Thinking and Simulation Presentation , Modeling Applications in Healthcare Video. [...]
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Beyond Marketing-Mix Models 28.10.2016 Rene Reiter

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.
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How-To Video: Converting GIS Shapefiles to AnyLogic Rail Markup 12.10.2016 Egor Yakovlev

If you have ever created a railyard consisting of multiple railway tracks in AnyLogic, then you might be familiar with the hint described in the video. If not, watch it and learn how convert GIS shapefiles to AnyLogic rail markup. It will save your time while building the railroad model and acquaint you with the Railroad library. [...]
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How-To Video: Reading Agent Attributes from a Database 26.09.2016 Egor Yakovlev

Quick question: how old were the characters of the famous “Friends” TV-show? Not a clue? Watch our new video to know the answer and find out how to read agent attributes from a database in AnyLogic! The new video shows how to create a population of agents and read the agent attributes from a database with the example of six friends from the TV-show. You will also learn how to add parameters to each agent and upload the database table from Excel file.
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