Colorado State University - Pueblo earns $100,000+ grant for Simulation Software
PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo engineering faculty member Leonardo Bedoya-Valencia has been awarded a grant of Simio Academic Edition from Simio LLC (www.simio.com) worth $118,800 to be installed on 60 institution computers to support teaching and research in simulation. Simio allows quick assembly of different parts of the simulation model and allows animation to be built into the simulation from the start.
Simulation is an engineering tool that allows the creation of a computer model of a real world system. “What if?” testing can be done on the model, allowing experimentation that could not be done in the real world. Simulation computer packages, such as Simio, allow the creation of animations so that decision makers can visualize how the system operates and how changes can improve its operation.
According to Bedoya-Valencia, the software gives engineering students and faculty more capabilities in creating simulations that will help improve organizations, such as the simulation CSU-Pueblo engineering students did for Parkview in the fall 2010 semester. Their simulation model helped managers at Parkview identify improvements in the staffing of the Radiology Department.
“The Simio Academic Edition will support the University’s objectives to stay ahead of the technology curve and to meet the demands of next generation technology,” said Engineering Department Chair Dr. Jane Fraser. “With software, course development, texts and discussion forums, the software will not only add to our students’ knowledge base but critical skill development as well.”
Bedoya-Valencia said the learning curve on the software, even for beginners, is significantly shorter than what exists at the University currently with training accomplished through materials and videos available on the product’s web site.
He said the software represents the future of simulation. Designed from the ground up using advanced 3D technology, concurrent 3D allows you to see immediate results of model changes and instantly switch between 2D and 3D views. It also is aligned with Google 3D Warehouse, which provides free access to more than a million 3D symbols. Such objects also can be extended, added, and easily shared between projects and users.