Industrial and Management Systems Engineering


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E. Yellig and P. Savory (1999), “Simulation Modeling Presentations: The Life Cycle,” Proceedings of the 8th Industrial Engineering Research Conference, (ISBN: 0-89806-216-0), ed. Taylor, Malstrom, Watson, Standley, Phoenix, AZ, May 1999.


A typical large scale simulation modeling project spans many months and encompasses activities such as problem definition, data collection, model development, experimentation, and scenario analysis. During the life cycle of a simulation project, numerous presentations are made to many different types of audiences. The purpose of these presentations will vary from seeking project approval, requesting information, discussing simulation model features, verifying the model, validating the model, presenting the experimental results, and offering model conclusions. This paper will discuss presentation techniques we used during a year-long simulation-modeling project. We will highlight techniques used for defining the purpose of each presentation, identifying the target audience and their level of knowledge of simulation, and tailoring the presentation for that audience.