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Why Use Simcad Pro® Dynamic Simulator? - Simulation Software Comparison
Simcad Pro : next generation dynamic simulator operates under an entirely different paradigm than traditional static tools. The graphical interface used to build models does not generate or compile code since it interfaces directly with the multi-core simulation engine. When the simulation starts, the animation instantly displays, both in 2D and 3D, the current state of the engine. As inefficiencies develop, real time modifications can be made to model properties and constraints. These “on-the-fly” changes allow users to instantly realize potential gains and perform dynamic optimization. As a result of the no-code modeling, Simcad Pro’s dynamic capability drastically reduces the time required to build, analyze, and optimize simulation models. Simulation modeling is no longer the forte of the elite few, but a tool used by a vast spectrum of users enabling industries to benefit from the power of dynamic simulation.
 GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
Criteria
Attributes
Simcad Pro Dynamic Simulation
Modeling flexibility
Basic features acting as building blocks which differentiate one system from another
Smart Module model building. Load the Smart Modules, connect the activities and the model is up and running
Ease of model development
Accuracy and speed of modeling process aiding smooth development of model
Dynamic Simulation provides unparrelled ease-of-use. Combining the model building, validation, analysis, and optimization activities in an interactive modeling environment drastically reduces time and cost
Model execution speed
Critical for complex models and various inter-linked, interdependent processes. Whilst small models may be simpler; larger models would require faster execution speeds
Simcad Pro supports both 32bit and 64bit operating systems and will utilize multiple processor cores to maximize the hardware capabilities and reduce the time required to run the models
Maximum model size
Critical when basing decision about increasing processes for future applications i.e. small models vs. large models
Simcad Pro has no limit to the model size. Additionally, models or units of the operation can remain independent and communicate with each other or, of course, can be loaded via Smart Modules in one larger model

 INPUT CONSIDERATIONS
Criteria
Attributes
Simcad Pro Dynamic Simulation
CAD translation
CAD translator aids conversion of drawings to systems in simultaion preventing laying out large and complex models – saving time
Simcad Pro supports loading of CAD files not only to facilitate laying out large and complex models but also provides additional analysis from a patient and service provider flow perspective. Travel distances, delay due to travel reports, and optimization of the facility design, reduction of congestion, and routing analysis is integrated functionality
Importing a file
Capability of data like waiting-times, process times, service times to be extracted from imported files aids initial model development and future live-time modeling
Simcad Pro supports importing Visio, Excel, Access, SQL, Oracle, EMR/EHR, WMS, ERP XML, CSV, barcode, RFID, PLC ... as integrated functionality. No coding or scripting is required. Additionally, Simcad Pro®'s Dynamic Simulation® capability supports live data import, as the simulation runs Simcad Pro® can interact with one or all of the import data sources and the model will adjust accordingly
Exporting a file
Capability of developing a readable export file – excel/graphics
Simcad Pro supports exporting Visio, Excel, Access, SQL, Oracle, WMS, ERP, EMR/EHR, XML, CSV... as integrated functionality. No coding or scripting is required. Additionally, Simcad Pro®'s Dynamic Simulation® capability supports live data export, as the simulation runs Simcad Pro® can interact with one or all of the export data sources and the model will adjust accordingly
SYNTAX
Possibility of visual inspection of syntax for correcting errors
As you create models in the Simcad Pro GUI no code is generated. This eliminates the need for visually inspecting syntax as there is no code to inspect
Interactive run controller
Capability to analyze, find errors, discrepancy and modeling errors
Simcad Pro Dynamic Simulation software is the only interactive modeling environment allowing the simulation model to be updated and changed during the simulation run. This Dynamic Simulation® capability is protected with multiple patents
Interface to other language
Other language capabilities – e.g. VISUAL BASIC
Simcad Pro has a fully integrated VB scripting engine is available and does include visual inspection, log messaging, automatic syntax validation, and debug mode. Upwards of 98% of models require no VB
Input data analysis capability
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Importing Data into Simcad Pro will be analyzed and presented through graphs and reports that data can then be applied directly to the model as-is or as the analyzed distributions

 PROCESSING CONSIDERATIONS
Criteria
Attributes
Simcad Pro Dynamic Simulation
Run-time flexibility
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Simcad Pro Dynamic Simulation software is the only interactive modeling environment allowing the simulation model to be updated and changed during the simulation run. This Dynamic Simulation® capability is protected with multiple patents
Random variate generator
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Simcad Pro has integrated Random number generator functionality
Independent replications
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Simcad Pro includes fully integrated Monte Carlo simulation capability as well as model validation analysis
Attributes and global variables
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With Simcad Pro attributes and global variables or custom parameters can be assigned to any entity in the model. No coding is required
Custom logic representation
Internal programming capability
As you create models in the Simcad Pro GUI no code is generated. This eliminates the need for visually inspecting syntax as there is no code to inspect

 OUTPUT CONSIDERATIONS
Criteria
Attributes
Simcad Pro Dynamic Simulation
Standardized reports
Format and transferability i.e. email/ communication transfer of reports
Simcad Pro contains extensive integrated analysis. Reporting is provided in gauges, graphs, spreadsheets, scenario analysis, gantt chart, routing analysis, and value stream maps. All data is reported for every process, object, resource and for the overall model. Every data point is preserved for future analysis. No coding is required to access the data. All reports are available during, at the end, and well after the run is completed
Customized reports
Capability to extract tailored reports
In addition to the extensive integrated analysis Simcad Pro supports custom reports tailored to the specifics requirements of the model. All reports are available during, at the end, and well after the run is completed
Business graphics
Types of charts, graphs, histograms generated
Simcad Pro has multiple integrated gauges, graphs, histograms, gantt charts, spaghetti diagrams as data display components
Custom performance measures
e.g. resource utilization, category-wise resource/time spending etc
Simcad Pro can capture custom performance measures and make them available for reporting or through on-screen gauges/graphs. Resource utilization, category-wise resource/time spending etc are all included metrics that Simcad Pro® provides automatically

 ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
Criteria
Attributes
Simcad Pro Dynamic Simulation
Animation capability
Ease of development, qualty of picutre, smoothness of movement, portability of remote viewing
Animation in Simcad Pro, in both 2D and 3D, is automatically generated and is 100% true-to-scale. Animation represents in real-time the status of the simulation engine. It is not a post-processed video of what might have happened but an accurate and real-time view of the simulation
Ease of use
Do we need a dedicated IT-trained professional to run the model once setup?
A dedicated IT professional is absolutely not required. Because Simcad Pro is not a wrapper around a code environment many different users with varying skill sets can take full advantage of the technology
Run-only version
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Simcad Pro does include a run-only version as well as a movie capture feature and the capability to stream the model over the Web to remote viewers. In addition, "Simcad Cloud" can be used to share, view and collaborate on the models via an open web interface architecture running on the CreateASoft cloud