SMS uses modelling and analytics technologies to support major strategic decisions, such as evaluating capital projects, improvement programs or cost saving initiatives.
Our decision support consultants convert your data into scenario models that reliably predict outcomes. We don’t just tell you what ‘is’, but also what could be – helping you to understand the big picture implications, minimise risks and identify opportunities.
Our team can work with you to elicit the most powerful insights to support your strategic planning and operational decision-making processes. We use a mix of technology and methodologies to test future options by adjusting the dynamic elements of a system and understanding the resulting performance.
Our people are chosen for their breadth of industry experience, and ability to grasp complexity. We employ Australia’s leading Arena software specialists – who can make the most of this powerful technology. Our track record shows that we provide the insights required to increase productivity, reduce capital expenditure requirements and build your competitive advantage.
We have consulted to a broad range of companies in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, China, the Middle East, South America and the US. We can apply computer simulation to any business process, and have done so for numerous sectors including manufacturing, mining, smelting, logistics, communications and defence. SMS is an approved provider on the Australian Dept of Defence Simulation Support Panel, under which we have a ‘standing offer for the provision of a range of simulation support services’.
With SMS, you can be confident that you understand the possibilities.
Simulation modelling is a well-established technology applied to both system design and process improvement for a broad range of industry sectors. Digital simulation of real-world scenarios before investing in the construction or implementation of a new system or process, ensures the most informed decision is made.
Discrete event simulation (DES) supports the design of new systems and improves processes in existing facilities. This technology is unique in its ability to represent complex systems, and its capability to allow for the inherent randomness and variability within many business-process systems.
Key benefits of simulation technology include risk minimisation, system design optimisation and process improvement. It is particularly useful in the identification of process bottlenecks. Models allow scenario options to be tested to determine the optimal design, and then changes are tested to ensure the best operating practices.
SMS uses leading software tools to produce simulation models, including Arena Simulation Software by Rockwell Automation. Arena simulations include realistic animations which allow decision makers to see the model in action, giving confidence in its accuracy as well as an understanding of the dynamics of the system being modelled. It is very much a matter of seeing your ideas in action. Read more about Arena
SMS was engaged to review supply chain logistics for a new mining project. After developing the modelling system and simulating a wide range of scenarios, SMS was able to provide feedback on a number of issues within the proposed supply chain. This equipped their client with the decision making knowledge they needed to ensure their proposed infrastructure was appropriately sized so target throughput levels could be achieved. Read more…
SMS worked collaboratively with CSR Hebel to simulate the proposed design of their new manufacturing facility. Using Arena simulation software, SMS produced a simulation model which clearly demonstrated that the proposed design could not meet the production requirements. Read more…
SMS developed a simulation model of BHP Illawarra Coal’s complex raw coal transportation system, to help address challenges related to bottlenecks and inadequate storage. Through its model, SMS was able to recommend relatively minor infrastructure upgrades, allowing BHP to avoid the need for anticipated new stockpiles or other major investment. The model was then available for ongoing use, to support decision making for other proposed projects and upgrades. Read more…