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Michigan Simulation User Group blogs http://www.m-sug.org/Blogs.html The charter of MSUG is "To Increase Successful Use of Simulation as a Decision Support Tool". It shall be accomplished by: Providing MSUG members with a forum, across the company and industry boundaries, for the mutual exchange of technical, administrative, and management information pertaining the use of simulation technology; Broadening the knowledge of its members on simulation and its applications; Communicating with simulation software suppliers regarding their product, maintenance, and other technical requirements from end users so as to provide them ideas for improving their products; Cost issues both on selling the software and on performing services will be excluded from the group discussions. en 2017 Steering Committee http://www.m-sug.org/node/172 <p>The Michigan Simulation User Group is pleased to announce the 2017 Steering Committee. &nbsp;If you are interested in joining the Steering Committee in the future please contact the current president.</p> <table style="border-collapse: collapse; width: 678px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <colgroup><col style="mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 5997; width: 123pt;" width="164" /> <col style="mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 3986; width: 82pt;" width="109" /> <col style="mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 5485; width: 113pt;" width="150" /> <col style="mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 9325; width: 191pt;" width="255" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15pt; text-align: center;" height="20"><strong>POSITION</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-left: none; text-align: center;"><strong>NAME</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-left: none; text-align: center;"><strong>COMPANY</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-left: none; text-align: center;"><strong>E-MAIL</strong></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt;" height="20"><strong>Annual Conference</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-left: none;">Cindy Schiess</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-left: none;">Steelcase</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-left: none;">annual dot conference at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>General Meetings Chair</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Bill Edwards</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Oakland University</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">general dot meeting at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>Newsletter</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Scott Bury</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Dow Chemical</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">newsletter at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>President</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Joe Hugan</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Forward Vision</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">president at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>Secretary</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Deidra Donald</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Dassault Systemes</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">secretary at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>Social Media</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Len Copus</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Dematic</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">social dot media at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>Speakers</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Mike Sarvo</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Emulate3D</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">speakers at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 30.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 30.0pt; border-top: none;" height="40"><strong>Student Competition</strong></td> <td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 82pt;" width="109">Joe Hugan<br /> Anna Kamphaus</td> <td class="xl66" style="border-top: none; border-left: none; width: 113pt;" width="150">Forward Vision<br /> Steelcase</td> <td class="xl64" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">simulationcontest at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>Treasurer</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Stacey Denehy</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">General Motors</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">treasurer at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>University Liaison (East)</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Bill Edwards</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Oakland University</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">university dot east at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>University Liaison (West)</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Paul Fognini</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Dematic</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">university dot west at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>Webmaster</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Anna Kamphaus</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Steelcase</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">webmaster at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>Westside Meetings Chair</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Paul Fognini</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Dematic</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">west dot michigan at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15.0pt;"> <td class="xl67" style="height: 15.0pt; border-top: none;" height="20"><strong>Vendor Liaison</strong></td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">Andrew Gevaert</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">PMC</td> <td class="xl65" style="border-top: none; border-left: none;">vendor dot liaison at m-sug dot org</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /></p> <!--break--><!--break--> http://www.m-sug.org/node/172#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:28:53 +0000 172 at http://www.m-sug.org MSUG 2014 Q1 Newsletter http://www.m-sug.org/node/130 <p style="background-color: #ffffff;">Our&nbsp;<a href="http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=aeae6ab6c69093dfd56e98637&amp;id=ba304a4e27">2014 Q1 Newsletter</a>&nbsp;is out now! Read it while it's hot!</p> <p style="background-color: #ffffff;">(If you wish to subscribe to future issues of the Newsletter, use the form on the left-hand-side of this page, or go to our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.m-sug.org/AnnouncementSubscription.html">sign-up page</a>.)</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:41:52 +0000 Anna Kamphaus 130 at http://www.m-sug.org Selecting a Simulation Engineer http://www.m-sug.org/node/119 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As the use of process flow simulation increases, organizations are trying to find individuals to be simulation Engineers. In this write-up, we discuss the desired capabilities and skills/experience to look for in a simulation engineer. Let’s start with the most critical <span style="color: #ff0000;">desired capabilities</span> for a simulation engineer:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Understand which critical components of a process should be modeled</strong>: The initial challenge with developing a simulation model is determining what operational details to include. For simulation neophytes, the response is to include as much detail as possible. Unluckily, the more details you include in the model, the longer it takes to develop the model, and the longer it takes to run the experiments with the model. A good simulation engineer knows how to understand enough about the process to identify the critical components of the process that must be modeled.</li> <li><strong>Structure the model code in a manner that facilitates continual use/expansion of model</strong>: Too many simulation models are one use only. A good simulation model should be used first to identify failure points in a process, and how to avoid the occurrence of these failures. Then, it should be used to evaluate operational strategies; including scheduling logic.</li> <li><strong>Know how to select distributions for processing times</strong>: A big benefit of using simulation is the ability to reflect the random behavior inherent in our processes, and this requires that we utilize statistical distributions (vs. a specific numeric value) for most of the model’s data. Unluckily, most organizations do not collect accurate process time data. A good simulation engineer should be able to manage data collection efforts, fit statistical distributions to data collected, and select an appropriate distribution when sufficient data does not exist.</li> <li><strong>Interpret the results of the experimentation</strong>: The simulation engineer needs to accurately select the model’s run-time parameters (number of replications, length of warm-up period, and length of model run), design efficient sets of experiments to run, and interpret the results using confidence intervals.</li> <li><strong>Guide the simulation project team</strong>: The simulation engineer needs to clearly understand the model customer’s problem solving needs, guide the simulation project team to select the appropriate level of detail to be modeled, and coach the model users on how to most effectively experiment with the model &amp; interpret the results.</li> </ol> <p>To get a simulation engineer with these desired capabilities, the <span style="color: #ff0000;">skills/experience</span> to look for are:</p> <ol style="list-style-type: upper-alpha;"> <li><strong>Industrial Engineering degree/background</strong></li> <li><strong>Probability and Statistics</strong></li> <li><strong>Programming skills</strong></li> <li><strong>Communication/coaching skills</strong></li> </ol> <p>If you need more details on the capabilities or skills/experience discussed here, please contact me at kmabrouk AT reduceor DOT com.</p> <p>Article © 2013, Sustainable Productivity Solutions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.m-sug.org/node/119#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:50:03 +0000 Khaled Mabrouk 119 at http://www.m-sug.org Annual MSUG Conference, October 16, 2013 at the Michigan State MEC, Troy, Michigan. Mark your Calendar! http://www.m-sug.org/node/114 <p><span><span><span>When we were coming up with the theme for our annual MSUG Meeting it caught my attention when I overheard a colleague suggest “New horizons in discrete event simulation” and it got me thinking.<span>&nbsp; </span>If you are not changing your business process to be more agile you are behind the times.<span>&nbsp; </span>What is on the “horizon”<span>&nbsp; </span>must include some changes.<span>&nbsp; </span>So how do you go about making changes in an industry that sometimes stagnates because either companies haven’t been introduced to simulation or have attempted projects that wane because the modeler has moved on or groups have repositioned within the organization.<span>&nbsp; </span>Those that are experienced with using simulation within their company know that simulation must be used to promote change.<span>&nbsp; </span>At the Michigan Simulation User Group (MSUG) it’s our mission and goal to not only introduce new members to the power of simulation but also to help those in the industry learn new ways in which simulation is being utilized.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>As an organization we invite our members to learn pertinent strategies in Discrete Event Simulation to increase their<span>&nbsp; </span>effectiveness and overall promote events to help companies learn how to make simulation work in their companies.<span>&nbsp; </span>With that we are excited to announce the dates for our upcoming Annual MSUG Conference, October 16, 2013 at the Michigan State Management Education Center, Troy, Michigan.<span>&nbsp; </span>Mark your calendar!<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>We look forward to seeing you there!</span></span></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.m-sug.org/node/114#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:15:57 +0000 Mandy Tague 114 at http://www.m-sug.org How To Clean Up An Oil Spill, ToC Style! http://www.m-sug.org/node/97 <p><em>A few notes on Ed Kincer's fascinating presentation at May 10, 2011&nbsp;MSUG General Membership Meeting</em></p> <p>April 20, 2010- Two months after it began drilling off the Louisiana coast, Deepwater Horizon exploded and 2 days later sank into the Gulf of Mexico.&nbsp; The event was among the largest accidental marine oil spills.&nbsp; Media was consumed with stories of lives lost, environmental, economic, and social impacts.&nbsp; Much less spotlight was given to the massive mobilization effort of people, materials, and resources to contain, clean, and &quot;clean up the clean up&quot; after the 152 days it took to permanently cap the well.</p> <p>Oil spill clean up requires specialized material and equipment-absorbent, containment, and fire booms, absorbent pom-poms, skimmers, etc...&nbsp; Need for this equipment for Deepwater clean up far surpassed global capacity.&nbsp; How do you immediately triple supply base production?&nbsp; Ed Kincer and his team were commissioned to do precisely that.&nbsp; Cost was not an issue, but there was no time for expensive capital investment.&nbsp; Armed with the Theory of Constraints discipline and tools, they visited 18 vendors world wide for 1 day each in June-July 2010.&nbsp; Their goal: waste reduction! Identify each facility's constraint, often without benefit of historical data or sophisticated data collection systems, and identify ways to immediately exploit it - through improved schedule, shop floor reorganization, and raw material waste reduction.&nbsp; Their job wasn't over once the well was capped.&nbsp; This sizable effert now needed to be demobilized.&nbsp; Consumable hazardous material needed disposal and hard assets needed to be cleaned.&nbsp; Using the same mindset, and developing standard metrics focusing on value add and non value add tasks, this team maximized utilization of clean up people, resources, and dry docks, resulting in considerable cost improvement.</p> <p>By applying Theory of Constraints discipline and clever engineering skill, Ed and his team played a pivotal role in the Deepwater Horizon clean up.</p> http://www.m-sug.org/node/97#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:16:51 +0000 97 at http://www.m-sug.org Lean, Six Sigma, PDCA http://www.m-sug.org/node/63 <p>A not so warm March evening, warm Mexican cuisine combined with a hot topic to made for an excellent membership meeting.&nbsp; Dr. Jayant Trewn (the presenter) from Beaumont University gave an invigorating talk on integrating the various aspects of process improvement techniques such as Lean, PDCA &amp; Six Sigma.&nbsp; The 18 attendees comprising a multitude of industry verticals had their intellectual fill on the topic.</p> <p>Touching on the various aspects of process improvement, he talked of many examples that he had seen through his years of experience.&nbsp; A detailed example outlined the interactions between cycle time improvement achieved using lean techniques and quality achievements achieved through the six sigma approach.&nbsp; The overall methodology yields a better &amp; faster ideology to the given operations.</p> <p>Come questions time, the chance for the audience to talk, interesting questions ranged from applying these techniques in emergency rooms to consulting projectmanagement.</p> <p><img height="361" width="480" alt="Question Time" src="/system/files/u1/March09GMM.jpg" /></p> <p>Given the quality of this session, the next session is something to look forward to.&nbsp; June brings much warmer weather, spicier food and a topic that is just as hot!!</p> http://www.m-sug.org/node/63#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:25:08 +0000 Karthik Vasudevan 63 at http://www.m-sug.org Web-Site Relaunch Completed http://www.m-sug.org/node/57 <p>Hi!&nbsp; I'm Mike Allen and I'm the MSUG <a href="/MSUG/SteeringCommittee.html">Steering Committee</a> member responsible for looking after the web-site throughout 2009.</p> <p>Last year, we discussed ways to make our web-site a little more useful to you, our members and to the simulation community in Michigan in general.&nbsp; The result is our new, re-launched web-site.&nbsp; As before, we'll use the site to announce events such as our <a href="/Events/GeneralMembershipMeetings.html">General Membership Meetings</a> and <a href="/Events/AnnualConferences.html">Annual Conferences</a>, publish papers presented at these events, publish our newsletter, list simulation-related <a href="/Software.html">software</a>, <a href="/Organizations.html">organizations</a> and <a href="/ServiceProviders.html">service providers</a> and tell you about MSUG.&nbsp; In addition, the new site provides some new features that we hope you will find useful too: news, <a href="Blogs.html">blogs</a>, <a href="Forums.html">discussion forums</a>, <a href="/Careers.html">job postings</a> and <a href="Polls.html">opinion polls</a>.&nbsp; It's now also possible to search the site's content.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>Of course, any web-site is ultimately only as good as the content on it.&nbsp; This is where you come in!&nbsp; Have you just removed the shrink-wrapping off the latest and greatest version of your simulation weapon of choice?&nbsp; Why not blog about your experiences with it?&nbsp; If you're like me, you'll be far more interested in reading what real-life simulation modelers think of the tools they use than what the vendor's marketing department may have to say.&nbsp; Are you stuck facing an obstacle in a modeling project?&nbsp; Whether you're a simulation expert or novice, a problem shared is a problem halved.&nbsp; So why not post a question in a discussion forum and solicit suggestions from your simulation peers?&nbsp; Or, if you see a question that you know the answer to, then take a moment to help.&nbsp; Is your company recruiting simulation staff?&nbsp; I hope so, the economy needs a boost right now!&nbsp; If so, consider submitting a job posting.&nbsp; The MSUG community is a pool of talented simulation practitioners that you can utilize.&nbsp; In short, participation is welcome!</p> <p>There's still some work to do to make available all of the resources that existed on our previous site, but rest assured that I'm working on it.&nbsp; If there's anything that you'd like to see on the site, if you have any comments or suggestions, or if you have any problems using it, then please feel free to get in touch.&nbsp; You can contact me at <a href="/user/1/contact">webmaster at m-sug dot org</a>.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> http://www.m-sug.org/node/57#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2009 15:14:47 +0000 Mike Allen 57 at http://www.m-sug.org New MSUG Website Has Much Improved Content http://www.m-sug.org/node/44 <p>There are so many new things that you can do on the new MSUG website that I don't know where to begin!</p> http://www.m-sug.org/node/44#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2008 18:52:56 +0000 Mark Steury 44 at http://www.m-sug.org