Simulation with Plant Simulation - Advanced

Title: Simulation with Plant Simulation - Advanced
Lecturer: Christian Gahm
Stefan Wahl
Date: see Digicampus
Building/Room: see Digicampus
Contact: Stefan Wahl


In modern production and service networks, there are many dependencies that make it increasingly difficult and even impossible to make accurate statements about system behavior (eg. how do the partners of a supply chain network interact?). Moreover, since humans and machines never behave in an exactly predictable way, these networked systems are also difficult to access for human intuition. With the help of simulation, it is possible to experiment in a system without risk, which leads to important conclusions regarding the exact coordination of resource use, arrangement of process steps, loadings, disruptions and shift schedules.

Within this seminar, various problems in the areas of production and logistics (see contents of the lectures: Produktion und Logistik, Production Management (Operations Management I), Supply Chain Management I) are analyzed by several students (2-5 students) together, modeled and solved with the help of methods of operations research. The simulation software "Tecnomatix Plant Simulation" from Siemens PLM is used to carry out simulation studies.


In two block sessions, the students will be given an introduction to the theoretical foundations of simulation, the execution of simulation studies and - based on a case study - an insight into the exemplary implementation with the simulation software "Plant Simulation". This is followed by an independent, approximately 3-month working time on a topic from the above areas (each supervised by a staff member of the chair). The seminar concludes with the group presentations of the results at the end of the editing time (end of the semester).

Prior knowledge of the course

Basic prerequisite for the seminar are good PC skills, analytical skills and the pleasure of getting familiar with a software tool. Knowledge of programming (especially the principle of object orientation should have been understood) as well as Plant Simulation are beneficial, but can also be acquired in the course of the seminar.

More information:

Recommended semester: Master
Field of study: see module handbook
Duration: 3 SWS
Type: S - Seminar
Semester: every summer and winter term