Input data management in simulation - Industrial practices and future trends
Journal article, 2012

Discrete Event Simulation has been acknowledged as a strategically important tool in the development and improvement of production systems. However, it appears that companies are failing to reap full benefits of this powerful technology as the maintenance of simulation models has become very time-consuming, particularly due to vast amounts of data to be handled. Hence, an increased level of automation of input data handling is highly desirable. This paper presents the current practices relating to input data management and identifies further research and development required to achieve high levels of automation. A survey of simulation users shows that there has been a progress in the use of automated solutions compared to a similar study presented by Robertson and Perera in 2002. The results, however, reveal that around 80% of the users still rely on highly manual work procedures in input data management.




Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Data collection

Input data management


Anders Skoogh

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Terrence Perera

Sheffield Hallam University

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory

1569-190X (ISSN)

Vol. 29 181-192

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance




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