Simulation As A Problem-Solving Technique

by Ray R. Berman,

Serial Information: Journal of the Pipeline Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 21-48

Document Type: Journal Paper


Large-scale computer simulation of industrial organizations and engineering problems have become a tool widely-used to solve many complex problems. These problems are usually not amenable to analytical techniques. An attempt is made to explain simulation concepts and techniques in nonmathematical terms and to show that simulation, when properly understood and used, is a powerful problem-solving technique. The ready availability of computers and problem and user-oriented programming languages makes this technique generally available to analysts and management. There are also many profitable manual applications of this technique where computers are not readily available. Two small simulation examples are analyzed in detail.

Subject Headings: Computer languages | Computer models | Computer analysis | Industries | Business organizations | Profits | Computer software

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