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Discrete and Continuous Simulation covers the main paradigms of simulation modelling; discrete-event simulation and system dynamics. These two approaches have been very widely applied and proved their value in many diverse and significant studies.
At a glance
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- Duration5 days
- LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
Short Course for Credit fee - £1,310
Standalone Short Course fee - £1,750
Course structureThis 5-day course is taught by a mix of lectures and exercises, including computer practicals.
What you will learn
The increasing complexity and unpredictable nature of many systems means that simulation is often the only method of analysis sufficiently powerful to offer any real insight into system behaviour. Whether modelling military, industrial, business, social or other systems, many practitioners regard simulation as the most powerful tool at their disposal.
This course introduces participants to the main paradigms of simulation modelling:
- discrete-event simulation,
- system dynamics.
These powerful approaches have been widely and successfully applied and offer different but complementary worldviews.
- simulation modelling paradigms,
- conceptual models,
- activity cycle diagrams, causal loop diagrams,
- input modelling (the selection and fitting of appropriate probability distributions for stochastic simulations),
- output analysis (methods for comparing and analysing the results of simulation experiments),
- discrete Event Simulation principles and types of software,
- developing and experimenting with Discrete Event Simulation models using an appropriate software package (currently SIMUL8),
- system Dynamics principles (variable types, feedback, delays, time-stepping),
- developing and experimenting with System Dynamics models using an appropriate software package (currently Vensim).
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Who should attend
This course is suitable for scientists, engineers, and numerate analysts and consultants who need to learn about or undertake simulation modelling. There are no formal requirements for the Short Course.
ConcessionsA limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.
Location and travel
Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.
Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.
Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.
All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.
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