Simlox v5 Stochastic Monte Carlo Event Simulation Video

January 3, 2011

This video is intended to give visitors an overview of Simlox our Monte Carlo Simulation tool that is primarily used to analyse the effectiveness of a support organisation.  The video uses Simlox v5 released in 2011 and gives an overview of the Simlox User interface, covering data entry, model definition, interactive result viewer and the comprehensive report generator.  You will also find a copy of the video narration in case it is useful to you.

Simlox v5 Overview

 

Simlox v5 Overview Narration

Simlox v5 Overview Video narration

Simlox v5 Overview

Simlox is a powerful Stochastic, event driven, Monte Carlo simulation tool.  Its primary feature is the ability to combine a detailed and variable usage profile with a complex Logistics Support Organisation (LSO).  In its primary role Simlox uses the System operating events to generate other random events, usually failures, that themselves generate demands and requirements for failed items to be repaired or replenished.  Simlox has a similar user interface to OPUS10 which means that users familiar with OPUS10 will be able to quickly navigate around the tool.  Simlox can also directly import data from OPUS10.  The operation of systems in Simlox can be as simple or as complex and variable as required.  The System operation will drive the random demand and can also generate scheduled (Preventative Maintenance) events.  In addition Simlox can also include user defined damage.  Individual missions (system operating events) can themselves depend on other missions.  Missions can require one or more systems and may also require multiple system types, for example a ground station and an air system.  Missions can include preparation time and post mission turnaround time.  Failure rates can vary dependant on each mission, system and item installed position.  Missions can also task system at different locations.  Item removed for Random Corrective Maintenance can each follow their own transport routes and have their own repair locations, likewise failed systems can be sent to any location for recovery.  All actions such as Mission Preparation, System and Item repair and Damage recovery can have a task assigned.  Tasks can be broken down into sub-tasks.  Each task or sub task can require user defined resources (eg manpower, special tools or test equipment).  Resources required for tasks can assigned availability profiles (Shifts), they can also be assigned failure rates and alternative resources should the primary resource be unavailable. Systems, Items and Resource can all be transferred into, out of or around  the simulation, useful for such things as Fleet Build up or Fleet drawdowns, or re-deployment of systems.  Resources can also be assigned to System operations.  Simlox also allows pre-defined or user-defined Time and integer distributions to be assigned to tasking and repair events, this allows analysis of the impact of uncertain measures to be assessed.  Simlox has been used in many projects ranging from basic Operational Analysis (OA) problems, Support Organisation Analysis, Performance Based Logistics (PBL) analysis, What-if Analysis and Resource Dimensioning and analysis.  Simlox is one of the tools making up the Opus Suite  which also includes OPUS10 and CATLOC.

Simlox models can vary from very simple scenarios requiring very little data to extremely complex models and more details about the tool can be found on the Simlox page.

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