Exploring the Context and Practices of Expert Simulation Modellers

Rizwan Ahmed, Mahmood Shah

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Simulation modelling lacks a rich body of literature on practices of modellers in the real world. We study the context and some generic practices of expert simulation modellers to discover how the context of modellers may affect the practice of modelling and simulation. The results highlight that
simulation modellers develop their models under a variety of contexts and their practices may be affected by their context. The problem area, the scope and the breadth of a problem, simulation software and the size and complexity of the model are some of the contextual factors which may affect a modeller’s practices such as model development, documentation, maintenance and evaluation. For
example, model maintenance is required only for large scale models developed for long term use. Similarly, varying level of documentation may be required depending on the client requirements and project needs. Our study is a valuable addition to the research investigating simulation practice in the real world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-277
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Simulation Modelling
Issue number2
Early online date15 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


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