Doing more with less is a familiar theme in the military. Micro Saint Sharp can help determine where the potential for cost savings can be made in reducing manning levels or automating certain procedures. For example, Micro Saint Sharp simulation models can demonstrate what happens to overall performance when you use fewer people on an aircraft or a ship.
As we enter the 21st century, health care costs are at an all time high. Costs are scrutinized carefully and cuts are made if they are not justified. Using Micro Saint Sharp, a health care analyst can model the process of their facility and look at “What if” scenarios before any decisions are made. For example, models can be built that simulate whether to add a new hospital wing or make adjustments to the staffing level of doctors and nurses. (see http://www.hospitalsimulation.info for a description of a large scale healthcare modeling project “District General Hospital Performance Simulation” project (DGHPSim)).
New in Micro Saint Sharp
Micro Saint Sharp uses the Microsoft C# language which allows you to build more complex mathematical and logical expressions and algorithms. You have more variable options now including integer, floating point, string, boolean, object as well as local and global variables. Another neat feature of Micro Saint Sharp is the intelli-prompt capability. Different parts of your model will be color coded like comments and keywords. It will also automatically display available properties for the object you are using in a list box as shown below.
Micro Saint Sharp is much faster than Micro Saint by a factor of 10. It was designed to allow for seamless integration which increases the execution speed. In addition, there is now a mode in which you can run your model just for results and turn off everything else. So when you need results as quickly as possible, Micro Saint Sharp is ready to perform! There is also an option to run the model in real time which allows Micro Saint Sharp to better support distributed simulations.
New Look and Feel
The model development environment is completely customizable. You can open, close, and move any of the panels in the display. We provide you with default layouts for model development and execution but you can create your own that fits your needs. The new layout has been designed to improve model development for our more expert modelers. You can create your models with fewer mouse clicks and individual windows.
Improved Drawing Tool
Tasks, networks, groups, paths and comments can be defined quickly. In Micro Saint, you had to click on individual tools to draw the network diagram like select, task, path, undo, etc. Now you can either drag and drop the tasks to create your flow chart or right click on the task network window and add tasks. The tasks expand to show you the entire task name and can be customized by changing the font type, size, and color.
Errors are reported in the Output window. If you double-click on an error, Micro Saint Sharp will automatically open the dialog and place the cursor in the field where the error occurred. You can also set up watches for any of the variables to see their values as the model runs.
Micro Saint Sharp comes with a real time graphing capability. You can watch data be dynamically graphed onto 20 different types of charts. These charts can then be printed or saved as separate files for later analysis.
Animator and Animator3D are optional components that add graphical animation capability to Micro Saint Sharp. You can use any of these types of images: bmp, gif, jpg, png, tif and ico. Animator is very flexible and you can have charts, graphs, text, and images all displayed on one screen. You can scale and rotate your images with ease. And for a short time, we are providing you with a free clip art CD with over 20,000 images to enhance the development of your Animator animations. Animator3D comes with its own library of 3D objects. In addition, there are a variety of built-in Animator3D functions that may be used to manipulate the 3D objects, image text, 2D images, background, waypoints and comments. Both Animator displays may be printed, saved to a file, or copied to the clipboard.
How to Build a Model in Micro Saint Sharp
To some extent the data that you will need to have in order to build your Micro Saint Sharp model will be dependent on the particular process you are modeling. However, the following list is a guideline that you can use to help plan what data is required prior to building your model.
Individual activities in the process
Sequencing of activities in the process
Arrival rates for entities entering the process
Activity timing parameters (distribution type, mean time, standard deviation)
Branching conditions (multiple – under what conditions, probabilistic – probabilities for each path, tactical – rules for each possible path)
Resource requirements for each activity
Data collection input values (salaries, cost per activity, etc.)