Using the structured analysis and design technique (SADT) in simulation conceptual modeling

Fahim Ahmed, Stewart Robinson, Antuela A. Tako

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Conceptual Modeling (CM) has gained a lot of interest in the recent years and it is widely agreed that CM is the most important phase of simulation study. Despite its significance, there are very few techniques that can help to develop well-structured and concise conceptual models. This paper proposes the use of the Structured Analysis and Design Technique (SADT) from software engineering to develop conceptual models. SADT has proven to be successful in the development of software systems, specifically in the requirements gathering phase. This paper contributes to the area of CM by proposing a new framework for developing conceptual models which focuses mainly on the first phase of CM, that of System Description (SD). A simple case, the Panorama Televisions production plant, is used to illustrate the application of this approach. The benefits and limitations of this framework are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781479974863
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2015
Event2014 Winter Simulation Conference - Savana, United States
Duration: 7 Dec 201410 Dec 2014


Conference2014 Winter Simulation Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • conceptual model
  • discrete event simulation


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