2019 Computational Modelling Workshops

Delegates can choose two of these four superb workshops to attend:

Workshop A:

Experience a Living Business Model

Kim Warren, Director, Strategy Dynamics; Rod Brown, CEO Opun-John Lewis Partnership

This session builds on the talk 'Building and Using Living Business Models' by demonstrating a working simulation of a home-technology business. You will see how the model was built and why that model is a rigorous and reliable 'twin' of the real business, and see how to use the model to test strategies and decisions that ensure strong, sustainable growth for the business. 

Workshop B:

How to get the most out of your modelling

Alan Robinson, Fellow, Dstl; Alec Waterhouse, Head of Modelling, BEIS

Computational modelling is enormously powerful. But for customers of modelling, there are plenty of pitfalls that can result in lost opportunities and wasted time and money - especially if you yourself are not a modeller, and find yourself being asked to trust what the computer says. Are your modellers doing the right thing? and are they doing it right?

This session aims to help you to get the most for your money through being an “intelligent customer”. We will:

  • discuss what a good interaction might look like;
  • suggest the kinds of questions you could ask your provider at each stage of the process;
  • describe the critical steps for quality assuring the work;
  • and offer you the opportunity to explore further, with experienced practitioners.

Workshop C:

How businesses can benefit from simulation

Tom Stephenson, Simul8

A simulation is a virtual representation of a business process. By making a change in a virtual environment users scientifically forecast the impact of that change in real life. For this reason a simulation is an extraordinarily powerful way of gaining insight into 'what-if' – 'what-if' this risk materialises, or that component changes, or we try this improvement – whatever size your business. And Discrete Event Simulation, which takes account of the variability in just about every part of a process, is even more powerful.

 This participative session explains what Discrete Event Simulation is and how this methodology can be effectively applied to aid with business decisions, using different case studies.

Participants, working in small teams will be invited to solve problems first without the aid of simulation then with the aid of simulation. This will show how simulations are used and how they can be useful. Three key concepts will be included:

  • Understanding the whole system
  • Visualizing the impact of change
  • The impact of variation

By the end of the session participants should be able to assess the impact simulation could have for their specific business, understanding the key difference between this methodology and others. Insight will be shared into how businesses can get started in using simulation.

Workshop D:

Vehicle Routing Software: An Introduction

Tim Pigden, Optrak

Optimisation models, as used in vehicle routing and a host of other applications, can be hugely beneficial.  But to get the best out of them it is vital to understand the data that they depend on, and how real-world constraints can and must be taken account of in getting to the best solution for the circumstances.

In this workshop, you will be introduced to some vehicle routing software: viewing and understanding the data inputs, manually constructing plans with drag and drop, and using the optimiser. In the process, you will see some of the real-world constraints involved in the routing process and how they interact with solutions. The aim is to make you comfortable with how optimisers like this work, and to spark ideas for how they may be applied in your own real-world business.