Improving effectiveness of simulation studies using building blocks Valentin, E. C.
Doctoral Consortium of the Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering <9, 2002, Toronto>
Improving effectiveness of simulation studies using building blocks
Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik : Ser. B, Informatik ; 02,13
Case based research, object orientation, discrete event simulation, building blocks, evaluation, laboratory settings
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Even though discrete event simulation is seen as a powerful problem solving tool, day-today
use is still neglected. We noticed that this is a result of (perceived) low effectiveness
of simulation studies. As a solution to improve the effectiveness of simulation studies, we
identified a possible improvement for simulation studies, simulation building blocks. In
our first experiments using simulation building blocks to support simulation studies, we
noticed improved effectiveness, although not every set of building blocks contributed to
an improvement of the effectiveness. We blame the architecture used for the definition of
the building blocks, for this lack of contribution. Based on these experiences, we
identified requirements for a new and more generic architecture. We developed a new
architecture consisting of model building blocks and building block elements of which we
expect that building blocks that are constructed according to this architecture will lead to
an improvement in the effectiveness of simulation studies. In this paper we sketch how
we think this new architecture should be evaluated, using different case-studies,
laboratory experiments and expert validations.
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