While simulation has a vast area of application, this textbook focuses on the use of simulation to analyse business processes. It provides an up-to-date coverage of all stages of the discrete-event simulation (DES) process, covering important areas such as conceptual modelling, modelling input data, verification and validation and simulation output analysis.

The book is comprehensive yet uncomplicated, covering the theoretical aspects of the subject and the practical elements of a typical simulation project, demonstrated by cases, examples and exercises. It also shows how simulation relates to new developments in machine learning, big data analytics and conceptual modelling techniques. Guidance is provided on how to build DES models using the Arena, Simio and Simul8 simulation software, and tutorials for using the software are incorporated throughout.

Simulation Modelling offers a uniquely practical and end-to-end overview of the subject, which makes it perfect required or recommended reading for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students studying business simulation and simulation modelling as part of operations research, business analytics, supply chain management and computer science courses.

chapter 1|31 pages


chapter 3|25 pages

Conceptual Modelling (Abstraction)

chapter 4|11 pages

Conceptual Modelling (Explanatory Model)

chapter 5|16 pages

Conceptual Modelling (Descriptive Model)

chapter 6|17 pages

Data Collection

chapter 7|4 pages

Building the Simulation Model

chapter 7A|40 pages

Building the Simulation in Arena

chapter 7B|29 pages

Building the Simulation in Simio

chapter 7C|24 pages

Building the Simulation in Simul8

chapter 8|8 pages

Verification and Validation

chapter 8A|4 pages

Verification and Validation with Arena

chapter 8B|4 pages

Verification and Validation with Simio

chapter 8C|3 pages

Verification and Validation with Simul8

chapter 9|17 pages


Simulation Output Analysis

chapter 9A|10 pages

Arena Output Analysis

chapter 9B|6 pages

Simio Output Analysis

chapter 9C|7 pages

Simul8 Output Analysis

chapter 10|17 pages


Simulation Scenario Analysis

chapter 10A|8 pages

Arena Scenario Analysis

chapter 10B|7 pages

Simio Scenario Analysis

chapter 10C|9 pages

Simul8 Scenario Analysis

chapter 11|17 pages

Implementing and Introducing Simulation

chapter 12|10 pages

Hybrid Simulation

(Combining DES, ABS and SD)

chapter 13|34 pages

Hybrid Modelling

(Combining Model-Driven and Data-Driven Analysis)