Dynamic Modeling and Simulation: Synchronizing Operations With the Built Environment

Dynamic Modeling and Simulation: Synchronizing Operations With the Built Environment

FlexSim 4 cropIn any business where production efficiency is vital to success, especially the industrial, manufacturing and research sectors, every upgrade, renovation or expansion creates the opportunity to deliver productivity improvements. Yet, too often, improvements also create unexpected upstream and downstream challenges that disrupt an operation’s overall effectiveness. For years, organizations have had to rely on experience and static analysis methods alone to evaluate and improve performance.

“Not anymore,” says Michael D. Verdier, vice president and market leader of Integrated Industrial Design at BHDP Architecture. “Applied correctly, today’s dynamic 3D modeling and simulation technologies are uniquely designed to take the guesswork out of planning and designing complex manufacturing and research facilities.”

BHDP Architecture is integrating the visual capabilities of building information modeling (BIM) with the analytical power of discrete event simulation to virtually mimic a facility’s current or planned operations, synchronizing the interaction of people, materials and equipment in the built environment.

To date, the company has used the dynamic modeling simulation technology to analyze factory production lines, logistics parks, warehouse operations, research laboratories, and even a campus cafeteria with impressive savings and operational improvements.

In one case, BHDP designed a buffer yard for a large automobile manufacturer’s new distribution center that called for 400 new semi-truck stalls. Once the distribution center was simulated, BHDP reduced the number of stalls to 220—saving $2.2 million in new construction. Similarly, the firm simulated a biomedical research facility expansion to accommodate a growing workload. By analyzing activities, BHDP demonstrated that more effective use of people and processes would eliminate the need for the expansion, saving the customer $750,000 in new capital equipment.

Verdier concludes, “Dynamic modeling and simulation allows for swift, intelligent data-based design and decision making. It’s a fast, cost-effective and powerful tool that enables us to bring our clients’ visions to life.” ?


See article in ENR here.