Putting logistics modelling and simulation into training practice
KEYWORDS: Logistics, Modelling, Simulation, Case study, Training.
Training customers are increasingly critical of courses, classes, learning plans, and about all noise around logistics training needs that public or private high schools put on market. Thus, there is a great need to have practical objectives that correlate with subjective impressions of these sounds in order to set staff targets at the company or management level.
Link Simulation & Training, change our connected image with partners companies selected by projects involvement together, but also as a provider of logistics training services ranging from staff training systems development to simulation and training research. By analyzing real-life examples extracted from there own environment, support staff at the operational level can investigate which characteristics of a solution methodology are acceptable or unacceptable.
This document describes (briefly) the processes, methodology, and tools used in ESAN to manage the functional requirements of the logistics training system and trying that some forms of learning attempt to get close as possible to the real situation. Simulations, for instance, represent the complexity of a real business or manufacturing situation. Granted, it’s difficult to make learning as realistic as those on-the-job situations, though many are working toward this ideal. Although creating technical simulations is fairly straightforward, such as how to fly an airplane, it’s more difficult to simulate realistic logistics examples.
2. Logistics simulation
Simulation technology has come a long way in the last ten years; we now have available powerful simulation tools where the time taken to undertake the simulation is measured in days rather than months. For this educational document, conducting simulation means go into the process of developing and analyzing a model. We use the model for the warehouses design, or it can be used as a presentation to show others decision makers how a new line production reduce floating bottlenecks. Having animation with resources moving makes the situation more realistic.
2.1 Learning methodology
All examples simulation was developed with our partners companies as a training program for new logistics projects. The program blended traditional classes, learning objects as books, working papers, videos, slides and other variety of self-study resources, with on-line simulation linked to knowledge management tools, a group workshop, and on-the-job action learning assignments.
As a result of each set of simulation activity, the people involved improved their skills to:
• Apply concepts and abilities to typical professional challenges they may have to solve during their working day or meet the objectives as a branch manager.
• Use on-line resources in the knowledge management area as help-system when the individual will perform...