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Modeling and simulation (M&S) is the use of models as a basis for simulations to develop data utilized for managerial or technical decision making.

In computing, modelling is used to look at large amounts of data to help with scientific or engineering projects. Simulations are used to graphically represent how things might look and feel.

A model or simulation is only as good as the rules used to create it. It is very difficult to create an entirely realistic model or simulation because the rules are based on research and past events.

The main disadvantage of simulations is that they aren’t the real thing. People may react differently when faced with situations in the real world. For example, they are more likely to panic if there is real danger.

However, there are also considerable benefits to modeling and simulation such as flexibility. You can simulate many different things. From business operations to training aircraft pilots, there is no shortage of existing and potential applications for simulation systems.

When it comes to simulation modeling you can employ it to capture insights in mining, manufacturing, retail, supply chain management, logistics, and many others. It’s industry agnostic and applicable to countless use-cases.

You can also test large or complex systems. If you have enough computing power, you can simulate incredibly complex scenarios, such as the daily operations of an airport through an entire quarter or a city traffic grid. It doesn’t matter how many rules you insert or variables you throw at the system. As long as you have the requisite computing power, you can simulate it with relative ease.

Presently, simulating large-scale environments, such as airports, is the norm. The difference actually lies in how to model and analyze simulations, not the concept of simulation modeling itself.

There are primarily three situations in which you would want to use simulation models:

  1. When you lack data, which is common when studying ancient or historical events.
  2. When your business processes are too complex to be analyzed through traditional methods.
  3. When you need to experiment in a low-cost, low-risk environment.

Want to know more about modeling and simulation? Tonex offers several courses in Modeling and Simulation, such as:

Fundamentals of Modeling and Simulation Training Workshop (2 days)

Integrated Performance Modeling and Simulation Training (3 days)

Threat Simulation and Modeling Training (2 days)

Electronic Warfare Threat Modeling and Simulation Training (4 days)

Additionally, Tonex offers nearly 400 classes, seminars and workshops in close to four dozen categories of systems engineering training.

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