Applied Modelling Algorithms (AMA)
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Applied Modelling Algorithms mark the arrival of the next generation of simulation and modelling applications that have simplified the user interface by removing the need to programme the model or construct it from scratch. Products that use AMA are designed to solve specific supply chain problems, they are not generic applications. This means they are pre-programmed with a level of intelligence that enables them to solve a problem without the need for the user to spend more time than is necessary configuring the model and entering data. The algorithms are written to ensure information is processed highly efficiently, and the results established quickly. Consequently, the time normally taken for a typical simulation project can be significantly shortened and project costs reduced without the need to contract specialist simulation consultants.
The speed of modelling is important to ensure ideas can be quickly tested, innovations remains fresh and potentially winning business concepts do not “wither on the vine” as they await availability of key subject matter experts or the collection of large parcels of data. Instead, operational teams can be self-empowered and business improvements quickly brought to reality.
CLASS Warehouse Design and Simulation uses AMA to automatically mimic warehouse behaviour and thereby reduce the amount of configuration needed by the user. The act of drawing the warehouse and designating loading bays, marshalling areas, aisles and storage types enables the application to automatically build the model in the back ground as the user draws the warehouse. The user is only required to think in warehouse terms and does not need to worry about learning and applying simulation techniques.
COST2SERV Network Strategy can quickly load supply chain data and then uses AMA to build a network model relating suppliers to distribution centres to customers. Minimum data input is required, as the application comes with inbuilt transport and road network data. COST2SERV simple data interface ensures projects are not burdened with integration challenges and results can be quickly calculated and options evaluated.
The Marine Enterprise Suite terminal scheduling and simulation uses AMA to evaluate millions of scheduling options taking into consideration environmental, resource and infrastructure factors. The user is free to evaluate scenario results and decide which is the preferred schedule based on terminal KPIs and service level agreements safe in the knowledge that AMA is accounting for the myriad of considerations needed to identify the best plan.