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Foundations of O.R: Simulation (London)

  Ref. 417  
  Kathy Kotiadis
  18 March 2016, London
  £575 + VAT Members
  £625 + VAT Non-members


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GORS London Courses

The purpose of the series of ‘Foundations of O.R.’ courses is to help practitioners to understand the role of Operational Research in management; understand the requirements for successful Operational Research interventions; have knowledge of a range of Operational Research techniques; be able to identify the suitability of a technique for a problem situation and be able to apply those techniques.

Civil Servants / Members of the Government O.R. Service need to book these courses through the Civil Service Learning portal. (Go to

Foundations of O.R: Simulation

The purpose of this day is to develop an understanding of the role of simulation in a business environment and how it can aid decision making. Throughout the day the participants will gain an appreciation of the process of developing a simulation model, with practical exercises and group work.

The objectives for the day are to:

  • Understand what simulation is about, its benefits and when to use it
  • Learn about the data needs of simulation models and how to experiment with a simulation model
  • Gain an appreciation of building and interacting with a simulation model using software

The topics covered during the day are:

  • Introduction to simulation
  • Modelling variability and complexity in systems
  • Developing simulations in Excel
  • Selection of statistical distributions in simulation models
  • Simulation software
  • Simulation experimentation


09.00 - 10.00   Introduction to Simulation

10:00 - 10.35   Simulation in Excel
                        Group exercise: Ohio Polymer case study Part 1

10.35 - 11.00   Break

11.00 - 12.20   Simulation in Excel
                        Group exercise: Ohio Polymer case study Part 2

12.20 - 13.30   Lunch

13.30 - 14.15   Statistical distributions for simulation models

14.15 - 15.30   Exercise using Simul8 software

15.30 - 15.45   Break

15.45 - 16.30   Simulation experimentation


Course Tutor

Kathy Kotiadis is a Daphne Jackson Fellow at the University of Kent and a former Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Management Science and went on to do a PhD in Operational Research (University of Kent). Her main research interests include discrete event simulation modelling applied to health care, the development of the simulation methodology through Problem Structuring Method, collaborative and facilitative simulation, conceptual modelling, multiparadigm multimethodology and Soft Systems Methodology. In 2009 she was awarded the KD Tocher Medal by the OR society.

If you are interested in further information, have any requirements (e.g. an alternative course date), or have difficulty booking a course online then please contact Jennie Phelps. It is recommended that courses are booked online. If this is not possible, then please print off, fill and fax or post the Training Course Booking Form.

Jennie Phelps   Address:  The OR Society, Seymour House, 12 Edward Street, Birmingham, B1 2RX, UK
  Tel: +44 (0)121 233 9300
  Fax: +44 (0)121 233 0321