Exploring the Context and Practices of Expert Simulation Modellers

Mahmood Shah, Rizwan Ahmed

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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 simulati on 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 pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Simulation practice
  • Simulation context
  • Contextual factors
  • Modelling process


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