SIMUL8 2010 - Notable New Features
SIMUL8's latest edition has just been released. Here are the details on what we think are the most useful new features.
Although SIMUL8 has had charts in their internal spreadsheets for more than 10 versions, they were not dynamic. This meant that your chart would only remain correct as long as the number of data points didn't change.
SIMUL8 2010 solves this problem by allowing you to dynamically create charts from data stored within SIMUL8 internal spreadsheets. The new dynamic charts also allow for totally customized axes, data ranges, series and points. This gives you complete control over your charts at run time.
Making your simulation look good is critical in presenting your results to others. In SIMUL8 2010 there is a new image browser that lets you easily browse your entire PC and quickly see a preview of all the images in any directory, making it easy to find the best image.
You can now view all shift patterns side by side in an easy-to-understand Gantt chart view. This is a big improvement over previous editions, which required you to return to a long list of individual shift patterns.
Even better, when you make changes to shift patterns, you can instantly see the outcome on the new Gantt chart.
SIMUL8 has responded to the buzz on agent based simulation by adding Visual Logic directly to work items. While not everyone has a need for this capability, there are some applications that will now be much easier to model. Common applications include consumer behavior, social networks, edpidemiology, and evacuation to name just a few.
In standard Discrete Event Simulation languages (of which SIMUL8 has long been an example), all intelligence in a system is encapsulated in the simulation objects (such as work centers). Work items are passive and are simply passed around according to the logic of the other objects. In an agent-based simulation, however, the work items themselves have intelligence and may interact with other work items.
SIMUL8 2010 makes it possible to incoroprate work item-based intelligence into your model by allowing you to attach Visual Logic code directly to work items. Even better, because all of SIMUL8's discrete event and continuous simulation features are still there, you can now create powerful hybrid models.
Long term SIMUL8 users who have tried SIMUL8's activity based cost features will recognize the concept here. Instead of tracking costs, however, the carbon footprint calculator now tracks carbon emissions generated by each simulation object (both fixed and variable), as well as any offset generated by your process.
Once you've set up the calculator, you can view a report at the end of your run displaying total emissions generated.