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Process Simulation with Excel
Mendoza College of Business
University of Notre Dame
Prentice Hall 2004
Note: A 3rd Edition of SimQuick is now available. Please go to SimQuick.net.
SimQuick is an Excel spreadsheet (with some macros) that allows the user to model and simulate simple processes:
- Waiting lines (e.g., banks, fast-food restaurants, call centers).
- Inventory and supply chains (e.g., stores, warehouses, and simple combinations of these).
- Manufacturing (e.g., assembly lines, batch processes, simple job shops)
- Projects with uncertain task times.
SimQuick requires no “installation.” It’s just an Excel file. If you have a PC (stand-alone or networked) with Excel 2003 or later (under any version of Windows), or a recent Mac version of Excel, then you can immediately use SimQuick.
SimQuick is accompanied by a 115 page booklet (shown above) that introduces the technique of process simulation through realistic examples and exercises that utilize SimQuick.
SimQuick is designed to be easy to learn and use: A wide variety of processes can be modeled after an hour of class time or independent reading.
SimQuick has been used by a number of companies and by at least 40 colleges and universities, typically as a supplement to an Operations Management or Decision Science course.
The SimQuick software with booklet currently costs about $20 per copy.
Excerpts from the booklet:
Read an article about SimQuick and how it works in
SimQuick is discussed, in detail, in the following textbooks:
Operations Management, Processes and Supply Chains, 10th Edition by L.J. Krajewski, L.P. Ritzman, and M.K. Malhotra; Prentice Hall, 2013.
Successful Service Operations Management, 2nd Edition by R. Metters, K. King-Metters, M. Pullman, and S. Walton; Thomson, South-Western, 2006.
Statistics, Data Analysis, & Decision Modeling, 5th Edition by J.R. Evans; Prentice Hall, 2013.
Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management, 2nd Edition by C.C. Bozarth and R.B. Handfield; Prentice Hall, 2008
Advanced Decision Support Tools by C.C. Bozarth; Prentice Hall, 2006.
SimQuick was reviewed in Interfaces, Vol 32, No. 5, Sept.-Oct. 2002 by J.K. Visich:
"... as a pedagogical tool for introducing the basics of simulation, SimQuick is an outstanding workbook and software package. A student with a basic understanding of Excel should be able to build and analyze simulation models with little to no help from the instructor."
To order SimQuick: