An Intern Walks into ProModel

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There it is. I can see it. Sitting there, small and shiny on an oversized executive style desk is an ominous call bell. Do I ring the bell?  Maybe that is a little weird. Maybe I should cough loudly. Maybe I should shuffle forward quietly. It is my first day as an intern at ProModel and I am nervous. I am relieved from my quandary and greeted warmly by the head of marketing. We tour the office and I shake hands with my new associates. My nerves simultaneously fade as each new face brings kindness and words of welcome.

My first day brings many small challenges and small victories. The nine seasons of office experience I had previously acquired did not have me completely prepared for this new journey. Apparently, many things go into working in an office. Things I did not learn from watching “The Office” on NBC. I learned to push the little red tab in on the hot water spout at the water dispenser and learned the number to dial before you dial the number on the office phones.

I receive a briefing from two passionate and experienced model builders. Discrete event simulation’s ability to predict outcomes under uncertainty leaves me feeling impressed and hopeful. Modeling can aid in reducing patient wait time, improving various military operations, increasing throughput in a warehouse, and solving real world problems. There appears to be no limit to the industry or circumstance in which modeling can provide clarity. There was even one story about a model built for pigs.

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Looking Ahead to My First 100 Days in My Not-So-Oval-Office

This internship will allow me to dabble in many fields. I am looking to launch my career and discover the route that best fits my strengths and interests. I will explore and experiment in model building, finance, marketing, and customer relations. The friendly, team-oriented work environment encourages me to find ways to add value to the company. There is some grunt work involved in being an intern, but there is also the opportunity to play with cardboard boxes and organize filing cabinets.

When the head of marketing first came to me and asked me to write a blog post, it scared me a little. My apprehension quickly turned to excitement as I reflected on my first few weeks experience. This post has been easy to write, as the experience thus far has been superb and the employees could not be kinder.  I anticipate writing future blog posts as my internship progresses!

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Brazilian Academic Simulation Awards Given in Honor of Rob Bateman

ProModel friends and associates, last October 12 we lost a dear friend, Rob Bateman and it is very hard to believe that a year has already passed.  Coincidentally, just a few days before the loss of our colleague, on October 6, 2015, the first ever ‘Rob Bateman’ award was delivered in the city of Joao Pessoa (north east coast of Brazil).  Here is the web site of the event:  http://www.abepro.org.br/enegep/2016/index.asp.  The Simula Brazil is a national award for simulation systems, organized and hosted by the portal “www.simulacao.net” which is sponsored by the Belge Consulting (www.belge.com.br). The award has institutional support of ABEPRO (www.abepro.org.br) and SOBRAPO (www.sobrapo.org.br) and is linked to the National Production Engineering Meeting (ENEGEP).

This award aims to encourage young students to use more simulation technology to develop projects and analyze real or fictitious situations through the use of the ProModel modeling and simulation technology (ProModel® or MedModel®) as well as assisting teachers with simulation education. The hope is that this practice will allow for better industrial engineering courses using ProModel and more simulation use in local companies, as well.  This year the award was given to the following recipients:

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Marcelo Fugihara of Belge presenting the award for originality to Jacyszyn Bachega of Universidade Federa de Goias

 

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Marcelo Fugihara of Belge presenting the award for complexity to Thiago Fernando Rosa Tedoro and Professor Jose Lazaro Ferraz of Universidade FACENS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a photo of all of the students in attendance at the event, called Enegep –  Encontro Nacional de Engenharia de Produção

We hope that this award in some small way pays tribute to our friend Rob Bateman.

Your friend in Simulation,

Alain de Norman & Belge team.

Teaching Supply Chain Management with ProModel

profshannonPatrick W. Shannon, Ph.D., is a professor of operations and supply chain management at Boise State University. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business statistics, quality management, lean manufacturing and other areas of operations and supply chain management. Professor Shannon developed a curriculum for his supply chain class, using ProModel Simulation which he used for over 10 years.

To provide you some insight into how you can use ProModel in the classroom, Professor Shannon was kind enough to allow us to share the materials he used.

Attached are PDFs of his course materials.

  1. Tri-Star Manufacturing: A Case Study in Lean Implementation
  2. The Tri-Star Simulation Model
  3. Project Requirements and Rules
  4. ProModel Instructions

Dr. Shannon served as dean of the College of Business and Economics from 2008-2014 and has lectured and consulted on statistics, lean manufacturing and quality management, project management, statistical modeling, and demand forecasting for over thirty years. He has co-authored 11 university level textbooks, and he has published numerous articles in such journals as Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Business Horizons, Transportation Research Record, Interfaces, Journal of Simulation, Journal of Production and Inventory Control, Quality Progress, and Journal of Marketing Research, Quality Management Journal, and The International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management.

He completed his BS and MS at the University of Montana and his Ph.D. in Statistics and Quantitative Methods at the University of Oregon. In 2015 he presented at the National Kidney Registry (NKR) Symposium in New York City. The presentation, authored by Shannon and Phil Fry, professor of operations management, is titled “Kidney Life Years” and describes the research Fry and Shannon have conducted with the NKR. The purpose of the research is to develop a statistical model to identify the donor characteristics that impact the length of time live donor kidney transplant will last.

Click here to view his LinkedIn Profile.

If you are a professor interested in learning more about ProModel’s Academic offerings, please email cbunker@promodel.com for more information.  You may also check out the following: www.promodel.com/industries/academic

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ProModel at the Olympics 2016 and 2002

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Alain de Norman, President of Belge, ProModel’s Brazilian based partner was in attendance at the several events during the 2016 Olympics.  He was kind enough to provide us with some great shots he took during several of those events. One shot shows a US basketball player blocking a shot from one of the French players. There is another great shot of a long jumper and it shows the progression of his jump. Check out the montage video below:

Here is a video of some of that same US vs France Basketball game.

Thanks for sharing those great images of the 2016 Olympic Games Alain!  Here is a link to the Belge website for more information about the services they provide in Brazil.  http://www.belge.com.br

ProModel also has some experience with Olympic venues.  Take a look back at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the ProModel Solution that made it all possible! The 2002 Winter Olympics were one of the most complex logistics challenges ever. ProModel products and services were used to design security systems and bus transportation for most of the venues. The predictive technology enabled the Salt Lake Organizing Committee to model and test various scenarios related to security operations, weather, and transportation system design.

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Click to read the full story in IIE Solutions Magazine.

If you would like more information about ProModel solutions contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

A True Cowboy in Our Midst

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ProModel’s Western Regional Sales Director, Mike Townsend, recently won multiple amateur horseback riding (cutting) competitions. After a 10-year hiatus from showing, Mike made his presence felt after tying for first in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Amateur final in Fort Worth, TX.

 

 

 

Check out the video of Mike on the winning ride, working his horse hard to keep those cows in line! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBHHJ3KghUE

Not familiar with Cutting, neither were we.  Check out the Wikipedia explanation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutting_(sport)