Automating the development of shipyard manufacturing models

Gabriel A. Burnett, D. J. Medeiros, Daniel A. Finke, Mark T. Traband

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6 Scopus citations


Simulation results are often needed within a short time frame, while the development of simulation models can be time consuming. We develop a methodology to facilitate rapid generation of simulation models from an enterprise database. Data is communicated between Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software and Flexsim using a standard Microsoft Excel format. We have developed a custom Flexsim interface and software-specific model generator that creates a discrete event simulation model from the PLM input data. Preliminary results show that the methodology can reduce the cost of simulation model generation while simultaneously improving the accuracy of generated models. This work highlights the benefits of automatic model generation techniques, describes a shipbuilding implementation of the methodology, and provides direction for future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2008
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2008 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 7 2008Dec 10 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Other2008 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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