Bull rider leaving the chute

Managing 8 Seconds

How long is eight seconds? That depends on what happens during those eight seconds. When it comes to professional bull riding, eight seconds make all the difference in the world.

Get the Bird in the Air

It’s 7:30 a.m. and the temperature is a crisp 35 degrees. The anticipation and excitement is just about at peak level for me and Kira, my white lab. The hunt begins at 8:00 a.m. sharp and will continue for only two weeks, but the training and the waiting has endured for 14 months. For 16 month old Kira, this will be her first true test and she is anxious to get started.

Avoiding the Simulation Vortex

Each summer for the past eight years, my wife and I get together with some good friends and take a trip to Wyoming to go whitewater rafting. The first year that we went, we enlisted the services of an experienced guide who helped us successfully navigate the river.

Next generation simulation modeling with Process Flow

Why you can save hours on your projects with FlexSim 2016

Recently I got to witness a modeling miracle. Like most of our past training courses, the instructor (in this case our training manager Regan Blackett) sat down with one of the attendees to build a model he wanted to start working on. It was a manufacturing system with a few unique elements, including components shared between different facilities. The training attendee assumed it would take a few days to have a working version of the model —

Oculus Rift and Simulation

Simulation modeling meets virtual reality, Oculus Rift

It’s already used in industry, and it can definitely benefit modelers

Have you seen the new commercial for Samsung’s Gear VR? It wasn’t what I’d expect from a virtual reality device—because we barely even saw Samsung’s new virtual reality headset. Instead, the commercial was careful to stay away from the geeky, unwieldy look the technology had in a recent Time Magazine cover. Viewers saw NBA superstar LeBron James and a bunch of average Joes and Janes going about their daily routines while lip syncing to a popular 90’s rap hit.

Better Decisions from Smart Software

From ArcelorMittal: Better Decisions from Smart Software

This article appeared in the February 2015 issue of ArcelorMittal Bremen’s internal magazine. It was translated into English from German and is being used with permission.

Our department, “Modelling and Simulation T02,” has the task of helping ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH to optimize processes, minimize costs, boost efficiency, and come to the best decisions.

Lessons from a Massive Model

Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith when taking on a new project. Last year I had the opportunity to develop a FlexSim model of a 1,000,000 square-foot, multi-story distribution center operation. The client wanted a comprehensive model that could emulate all of their major operations, from receiving, put-away and picking to sorting, packaging and shipping.

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