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Foundations of O.R: O.R. and the O.R. Process (London)

  Ref. 426  
  Stewart Robinson
  7 October 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: O.R. and the O.R. Process

The purpose of this day is to develop an understanding of O.R. and the O.R. process. It is this methodology of O.R. that provides the framework within which O.R. techniques and models are used to address real world problems. As such, this day does not focus on particular techniques, tools or modelling methods, but on how OR is practiced.

The objectives for the day are to:

  • Know what O.R. is and to understand the role of models in O.R.
  • Learn about the O.R. process and how it helps define and structure O.R. projects
  • Understand the role of data in O.R. work and the issues in obtaining suitable data
  • Know how to verify and validate O.R. models

The topics covered during the day are:

  • Introduction to O.R.
  • Models and modelling
  • The process of developing and using models in O.R.
  • Data collection in model building
  • Verification and validation of models



09.00 - 09.30   Welcome and Introduction to O.R.

09.30 - 10.30   Models and modelling
                         Exercise: Thomas the Tank Engine

10.30 - 11.00   Break

11.00 - 13.00   The process of developing and using models in O.R.
                         Exercise: Tennis Balls
                         Exercise: Modelling and Outpatients Clinic

13.00 - 14.00   Lunch

14.00 - 15.00   Data collection in model building
                         Exercise: TICTOC Hose

15.00 - 15.30   Break

15.30 - 17.00   Verification and validation of models
                        Role play: Natland Bank

Course Tutor

Stewart Robinson is Acting Dean and Professor of Management Science at Loughborough University, School of Business and Economics. Previously employed in simulation consultancy, he supported the use of simulation in companies throughout Europe and the rest of the world. He is author/co-author of six books on simulation. His research focuses on the practice of simulation model development and use. Key areas of interest are conceptual modelling, model validation, output analysis and alternative simulation methods (discrete-event, system dynamics and agent based). Professor Robinson is co-founder of the Journal of Simulation and President of the Operational Research Society. Home page:

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