Author Archives: Siôn Cave

10th Simulation Workshop – Online – 22 to 26 March 2021

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The Operational Research Society’s flagship simulation event is taking place online on 22nd to 26th March 2021. The workshop has a packed schedule of speakers, panels, tutorials bringing the latest news and break throughs in System Dynamics, Discrete Event Simulation and Agent Based Modelling.

The event includes:

  • Two high-profile international keynote speakers
  • Lively panel discussions with subject experts
  • Technical sessions
  • The latest research on COVID-19 simulations, artificial intelligence, conceptual modelling, crowd control and data farming
  • A wide range of tutorial sessions, including a tutorial from Brian Dangerfield, winner of the UK Chapter’s 2018 Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Two daily networking sessions to connect with peers
  • Poster lightning talks
  • Interactive sessions available to watch again after the event

More details here


UK Government Systems Thinking Blog

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Systems Thinking is the blog of the Systems Unit in the Cabinet Office. The Systems Unit wants to help people across the public sector apply systems thinking to complex problems. To find out more about how the team is exploring this approach to improve people’s lives visit https://systemsthinking.blog.gov.uk/


New Book: “The Dynamics of Care – Understanding People Flows in Health and Social Care”

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Members Eric Wolstenholme and Douglas McKelvie have published a new book: “The Dynamics of Care – Understanding People Flows in Health and Social Care”, with a foreword from Jack Homer.  (https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-21878-2)

As the title suggests, the book is dedicated to practical system dynamics work in one field – health and social care. It describes the core stock/flow and feedback structures used to represent treatments and conditions and narrates a selection of consultancy projects from over 80 undertaken by the authors over recent years. Emphasis is placed on the insights generated into some of the most persistent issues of the day in this field.


Strategic Modelling to Support Decision Making for the North – MORE TICKETS!

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More tickets now available for our “Strategic Modelling to Support Decision Making for the North” which is being on 22nd October as we have secured a bigger venue! This is a joint event with THINKlab at the University of Salford, Manchester. More information is available here:

Strategic Modelling to Support Decision Making for the North, 22 Oct 2019


The Spectrum of Approaches to Problem Solving – 22nd March 2019

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Half day event on 22nd March 2019 at Cardiff Business School exploring Systems Engineering, System dynamics and Systems thinking approaches to problem solving. Jointly hosted by the EPSRC funded ReRuN project and the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society

Guest speakers:

  • Stephen Disney (Cardiff University) – Discrete Control Theory
  • Borja Ponte-Blanco (The Open University) – Dynamics of Remanufacturing
  • Syaribah Brice (Cardiff University) – Simulation approach in Healthcare
  • Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Service Ltd) – System Dynamics in the Nuclear Sector
  • Rachel Freeman (University of Bristol) – Systems Thinking in Local Manufacturing

For more information and registration please email Ruini Qu (QuR4@cardiff.ac.uk)
Registration deadline: 4. Mar. 2019

More details here


Proven by Computer? System Dynamics and Disruption Claims

The Society of Construction Law has recently published “Proven by Computer? System Dynamics and Disruption Claims”.  The paper, available here, evaluates the potential for system dynamics modelling to be used as a form of delay and disruption analysis in adversarial construction dispute resolution. Ralph Goodchild gives a lawyer’s perspective on the use of SD modelling, which differs from the usual practice of looking directly at ‘real’ project records. He goes on to discuss the challenges of bringing a disruption claim based on an SD model, such as admissibility, the tension with witnesses of fact and the relationships between SD model evidence and traditional delay analysis.


Systems Thinking: Unlocking its potential to improve children’s outcomes

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Invitation to lecture by Professor Peter Hovmand

Systems Thinking: Unlocking its potential to improve children’s outcomes

Wednesday 19 September

The Dartington Service Design Lab is hosting a lecture in Edinburgh, delivered by collaborator and experienced system dynamicist, Professor Peter Hovmand. Peter is the founder of the Social Systems Design Lab at the Washington University in St Louis. Professor Hovmand works with local and national governments, trusts and foundations across the developed and developing world, applying systems thinking approaches to the most pressing issues for children and young people and communities.

There is no cost associated with the event, but places are limited.

To reserve your place email  director@dartington.org.uk


A Model Simulator: Lives of Jay W Forrester

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David Lane’s excellent presentation “A Model Simulator: Lives of Jay W Forrester” from the 2017 Operational Research Conference is now available to watch on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY8T3bjYo90 


PhD studentship opportunity in Modelling policies for vulnerable young people

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Do you want to carry out research that will help ensure vulnerable children get the right support? Are you passionate about social work? Exciting funded PhD opportunity in modelling policies for vulnerable children available at the University of Surrey in collaboration with Surrey County Council. For further information on this opportunity and how to apply to be part of an important transformation journey, visit the link below:

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=98905


New self-taught, online course “Learn Dynamic Business Modeling”

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Strategy Dynamics have announced the new self-taught, online course “Learn Dynamic Business Modeling”: http://sdl.re/courses. The course comes in two parts with 17+ hours of instruction, follow-me demos and many models to keep, covering a wide range of business types and issues. Try the free http://sdl.re/modeling-getting-started/ classes first. Instructors are welcome to use these online courses with students, so class time is free for modelling real-world cases. Any questions on this or other topics – just ask at http://sdl.re/forum.


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